It all starts where the pike ends. At the top of a hill, with views as limited as the sea at the end of one’s horizon. This purview though, overlooking the cypress trees, beholds until it dives into the blue Tuscan waters. Which explains why the clime here is in a zone of its own. One is surrounded by hills with a Mediterranean zephyr. Perfect.
Conti di San Bonifacio is a small, privately owned Tuscan Vineyard and Wine Patronize Hotel, nestled in the beautiful hills of the Maremma region in Italy. The holdings was purchased by owners Count & Countess, Manfredo & Sarah di San Bonifacio, in 2002. A restoration concoct began to renovate the old farmhouse that stood on top of the commanding hills, into the admirable villa that stands today. In 2003, Manfredo & Sarah set to cultivate to plant 7 hectares of vines on the estate grounds in order to obtain their dream of producing Organic Super-Tuscan Wines.
Conti di San Bonifacio now give birth ti three hand-crafted organic wines, from a mixture of varietals assigned on the estate, including Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with the basic harvest in 2006.
As we are introduced to the estate by manager Rafael Luiz, this splendor of magnificence is all nearby a boutique experience. Originally Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Reserve was acquired by the Count and the Countess with the intention of having a summer villa for their family. Tones of passion and dedication were invited in to transform and old farm storehouse into a gorgeous rustic hush chick villa with only three rooms. Years rotted by and the Counts saw the potentiality of allowing other people to make use of the chattels while they were away and this is how their withdrawn villa turned into a luxury destination featuring 7 incomparable rooms today. They are divided into 5 categories while hospitable a total of 20 people. There are no two rooms alike and they all be in harmony with the Tuscan feel of the place. Carefully planned and decorated by Countess Sarah, all units embrace the philosophy of their framers: ultimate comfort with upscale facilities and warm and remitting atmosphere. Acres of chestnut beams, terracotta floors, ashen cow skins strewn across floors, linens and unforgettable count particulars everywhere you look. The Wine Resort was not conceived just as a delight accommodation but as destination itself. The variety of activities at disposal contribute guests the possibility of enhancing their experience to an utmost unfluctuating. Maremma has a very rich story which has led to providing a other way of doing tourism. Traveler can immerge into its tradition by participating in the antique methods of bee keeping, cheese making, distillation, butchering or wine making or comply with their ambitions and be assisted by our Concierge to arrange for a journey in a Ferrari, a plane in a hot air balloon, a day trip on a boat or an excursion to underground grottos.
The Restaurant at Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Place to turn offers Tuscan cooking at its finest. “We source all of our ingredients locally, and back up the practices of sustainable farming and agriculture. The cuisine we offer within the look to combines a respect of the local ingredients and traditions with an innovative sprain, with a continuous search for products at zero km. We grow our own herbs on the possessions, press our own olive oil from our olive groves, and make our own elementary wine from our vineyard. Our cooking reflects the spirit of lore in which the raw material is enhanced by a permanent respect of natural flavours, the analyse of old recipes in which we inspire our new creations and the willingness of always take a turn for the bettering ourselves.”
The farm manager, Ilario Veronesi, works closely with the greatly acclaimed, Tuscan oenologist, Luca D’attoma, to ensure the vines are in top state and producing the best quality fruit. The wine making development at Conti di San Bonifacio follows a very hands-on approach, with stress on hand picking and selection of grapes as well as barrel fermentation to certify the highest quality in the finished product. Each wine is age-old both in barriques and in bottle before being released to the store.
As we glance at our Vineyard Suite for the last time, we realize it is a go on we want to return to. And who knows what new we might find here on a next befall.