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Overview of the Le Tolfe

This captivating estate is nestled in one of the most beguiling areas of Tuscany. It is situated only three kilometers from the spectacular city of Siena, a virtual open air museum that perfectly embodies Tuscan history, culture and architecture. A short drive are the famous vineyards of the Chianti Classico region, gently rolling hills of the Valleys of Orcia and Chiana, the charming towns of San Gimignano, Pienza and Cortona, as well as a number of famous monasteries, grand gardens and other unique historic and natural sites.

Gastronomic discoveries are abundant and include the likes of colorful local farmers’ markets, cheese making farms and hundreds of vineyards producing world famous appellations of Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

The name “Le Tolfe” is thought to originate from “Tolfo dei Gricci,” the name of the French knight who was responsible for building the tower. It was constructed in the 9th century along the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage route between France and Rome. A hamlet of farming buildings and a manor house gradually developed around the tower. The property was inhabited by a community of sharecroppers until it was purchased by the Milanese Castelli family in 1953. Since then, three generations have lovingly restored the buildings and furnished them with Tuscan antiques and artwork. There is even some armor and other relics harking back to the building’s original raison d’être.

Today the Castelli family lovingly maintains the estate which is comprised of 100 hectares of gardens, vineyards, olive groves, fields and woodland. They are committed to organic agriculture and endeavor to carry on deeply-rooted Tuscan traditions. Their passion shines through in their exquisite, organic Chianti Colli Senese Riserva and Rosato wines, grappa and extra-virgin olive oil. These are exported internationally and available to guests. Tastings and tours of the cellars and underground passages can be arranged with the onsite oenologist. For an immersive experience, come during the vendemmia, the September grape harvest or in November during the olive-picking and the pressing.


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