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With a breathtaking landscape in a charming historic village, the Fattoria Sant’Appiano (Barberino Val D’Elsa) presents a charming atmosphere cured in detail.
The farm has belonged to the Cappelli Family for three generations and produces wine, extra Virgin olive oil, vinsanto, and grappa of excellent quality. Their vinsanto, Divinum 2006, won the ﬁrst prize in Havana for its pairing with the Cohiba Cuban cigar.
The traditional activity of winemaking is enriched by many other services. You can ﬁnd them on their site, www.santappiano.it and shared on their Facebook page.
Here are some examples: farm stay with swimming pool, the event, “Sant’Appiano d’Autore”, wine tasting, cooking classes, weddings in their lovely wine cellar, bottles of wine with your personalized label.
To complete the picture, the management offers something unique in the area: the search for trufﬂes. The Cappelli’s daughter, Maria, present owner, together with her brother Pierfrancesco, tells us about it.
“This is the ideal environment for trufﬂes”, begins Barbara Bertini. “We have an area where trufﬂes are grown. This tuber grows near certain tree trunks; poplars, oaks, beeches and walnuts. You can ﬁnd them all year round. The white trufﬂe, the most valued, is found especially in November”.
“If you make a reservation”, she says, “we organize a day immersed in nature with food/wine information. This service is always available, but the best season is winter. We meet at 10 AM”.
“Exhange your shoes for galoshes”, she recommends. “Tourists go into the woods with Jury, our trufﬂe expert, who offers explanations and answers questions, and with his specially trained dogs. As soon as the animal stops, they dig. The walk lasts an hour and a half”.
“Once returned to the winery”, concludes Barbara, “you can visit the wine cellar and an Etruscan tomb which belonged to the noble Florentine family, the Pittis. It has been the site of many contemporary Art exhibits. We then have a trufﬂe based meal and wine tasting”.