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Pistoia Box: Estate of Count Spalletti

We start approaching the hills above the city of Quarrata, from where the panorama is complete on the plain that extends from Pistoia to Florence and that, on clear days, allows us to see Brunelleschi’s dome and Giotto’s bell tower. On these hills is produced the wine Chianti Montalbano, a variety of prestige in addition to being recognized with the DOCG mark. We leave behind Tizzana, an ancient medieval village that served as a stronghold of the defensive system of Pistoia against the nearby rival Florence. Today it preserves some ruins of its castle and although it has lost importance in favor of Quarrata, located on the plain and more easily reachable, it boasts an enviable position on the whole Montalbano.

Here, following a road that runs along the green, we arrive at the Tenuta del Conte Spalletti, in Lucciano. The vine is located just above the old farmhouse owned by the family and is characterized by a rather marked steepness, which enriches the wine with notes never the same. The Count reveals us the historicity of Spalletti’s family wine production, when his grandfather decided to get from these wonderful hills a wine which could combine value and drinkability. The grandmother is Countess Spalletti, a true pioneer of women’s civil and social rights: in fact, parallel to the wine business she had created an embroidery company. For her women workers she had provided a series of protections, including a salary on which they could actually count and not that ended up in the hands of her husband as was customary in those days. It is a family history of great interest for the whole territory, which brings us back to the present, one in which on these hills the vines seem to enjoy a truly favorable climate. A virtuosity that we then find again at the table when we go to taste this wine, which tells of the noble bond between three generations and the hills all around.