In 2018 we decided to dedicate 6 acres of our estate to something different than grapevines.
We wanted to give something back to our land, which is always so generous. We also wanted to make it look more like an original farm, and now different plants, ancient kinds of vegetables and fruits, wild and domestic animals are enjoying this space.
Everything has been grown using organic and biodynamic methods, using historical techniques.
The benefits are endless, and not just for us and our visitors to enjoy the amazing produce from our garden, but also the wine will be benefiting from it.
Monocultures (such as vineyards) are a human invention to make profit; in nature, grapevines love living with other plants for several different reasons.
We are trying to create the best possible environment and the best conditions to produce better wine, this is why having a large garden which increases our biodiversity, life and interaction will have a positive outcome on our wines.
"Did you know that in order to be a Great Winemaker you must be a Great Farmer first?”“Have you ever asked yourself why the wines from Montalcino are that good?The answer lies in the Farmer’s gene”
Historically Montalcino didn’t use to be an area of simple wineries, but rather a land of farms (and farmers!).
An area where a few hundred Tuscan families managed to find all the resources they needed to prosper, look after the land and just be in harmony with their surroundings.
The farming culture of growing plants, pruning ancient olive trees and breeding farm animals is in our blood.
We were just born with it, and it’s with all probability the strongest feature that distinguishes Tuscan people.
You cannot say you’ve been to Tuscany without appreciating this aspect of our character.
This is the real sense of the place that anyone can feel here, and this is what we want to share with others.
Podere le Ripi, as a small biodynamic winery, firmly believes in the benefits of biodiversity, respect towards nature, keeping the ecosystem free from chemicals and helping all sorts of creatures living in our land: from the bee to the Chianina beef cow.
We do so in order to preserve our small chunk of universe, promoting vital forces instead of thinking that we can control everything.
Tuscan beauty doesn’t exist because of us and for us: it was borrowed from our fathers and it will be there for our sons and daughters to borrow; this way we only serve as guardians with the task of preserving without ever damaging it.
In order to really understand the beauty of Brunello, you must think like a true Farmer.
If yourself and your family are curious about the culture and the making of one of the most prestigious wine regions of the world (Montalcino), then we welcome you to our behind the glass.
How do we make Brunello di Montalcino?
Why do we make Brunello di Montalcino?
Who makes Brunello di Montalcino?
And all of the other strange questions that you might have about it, they will all find their answer in... the land.
We’ll take you through all of the whos, the whys and the buts... and we know you have many! But what you might not know is that we are happy to show you and explain it all. So we thought that the best way was for you to follow us deep into our habitat, through the fields, and the animals, and the tools, and the barrels, and the grapes, and the strawberries, and the colourful vegetables, the sweet donkeys and the weird chickens.
Give us your info and we will get back to you with a tailor-made itinerary and prices.
Our Tuscan Garden Experience is structured as a game in which you’ll need to get your hands dirty! We will provide you with proper hats, t-shirts, boots and gloves to make you look like a real farmer.
The Garden Experience is great for families with young kids and it includes also a wine tasting... but for adult participants only!
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