Casale il Tufo
Tuscan Wine Estate for sale situated near Castellina in Chianti composed of 43 Ha of land, fully equipped cantina / wine cellar and a large farmhouse, currently an active holiday business. The estate offers an excellent investment opportunity for those seeking either to enter into the wine business or tourism.
The property sits in a privileged position upon a hilltop surrounded by its vineyards and olive groves, with 360° views over some of Tuscany’s most scenic landscape. The estate may be considered to be of medium size in terms of production capabilities compared to other estates in the area. The family who have owned the property for many years have established not only a successful wine business but also a flourishing seasonal trade of holiday makers, who enjoy staying on an authentic working farm or azienda agricola.
There are three properties within the estate as well as various barns and out-houses. The main house or Casa Padronale which dates back to the 1800’s has been completely restored and converted into six apartments, a reception sala and a small wine shop. The apartments all have a kitchen and either one or two bedrooms. The interior design is in keeping with a traditional Tuscan farmhouse with use of cotto floor tiles, wooden roof beams, stone and marble frames and furnishings and many apartments enjoy grand antique fireplaces.
The main farmhouse offers approx.’ 600 m2 of floorspace over two floors.
The Cantina – Wine Cellars
The second largest building on the estate is the cantina which offers approx.’ 280 m2 of floorspace. The cantina houses state of the art production facilities and the equipment for the pressing, fermenting in temperature controlled silo’s, filtering, refining and bottling. There are a further 2 small cellars which have been carved out of the ‘tufo’ rock face below the estate, which is traditionally renowned for being the perfect rock type for underground cellars. Both of these cellars are used for ageing and refining some of the more prestigious labels produced by the estate.
Offices & Other Annexes
The third building measures approx.120 m2 and is used as offices to manage the wine and tourism businesses.
There is also a 220 m2 garage for the tractors and machinery, a 90 m2 room for olive oil storage, as well as other various barns and stone outhouses.
There are around 3.5 Ha of grounds in the immediate vicinity of the farmhouse which consist of gardens, swimming pool area, children’s play area and a tennis court.
The Estate & Land
The estate spans 43 Ha and is composed of approx.10 ha of vineyards, 20 ha of arable land ( usually used for sunflowers but can be transformed into vineyards if required ), 4 Ha of olive groves, whilst the remaining land is mixed forest.
The current ownership have created a good business with the wine production focusing on a relatively small production of a high quality wine. They have obtained the DOCG status authenticating the quality of their Chianti blend and they also produce an excellent Super Tuscan IGT. At present there are 10 Ha of vineyard which allow an annual production of approx. 80.000 bottles per year. Production can be significantly increased as there are 20 ha of arable land that could be converted into vineyard.