17th century Tenuta Ceccatelli

The history of the podere

     In Tuscany, history harmoniously blends with every single inch of the land, and our 17th century Tenuta Ceccatelli is a perfect example of a place where each layer uncovers a new story, interweaving the generations of the past with that of today. Tenuta Ceccatelli is set upon the oak forested Cambolli hill in the heart of Chianti Classico, just a stone’s throw from a winding medieval road that from Florence leads to Siena along the famous Chianti wine route. The history of the podere and its name Cambolli is derived and closely linked to a notable reservoir adjacent to the property. The reservoir has been well known throughout local 

history for the quality of its natural spring waters since the Etruscan period. A recent study has led us to discover a Roman settlement during the  period of Constantine the Great dating back to 335 A.D. The pureness of the natural spring waters were coveted by scientists and studied centuries later for the construction plans to canalize the waters via aqueduct to the city of Siena between the 18th and the 20th century. Later settled by oil and wine makers, the natural beauty of the property invites guests to unwind in the peaceful shadows of lush, ancient oak trees and the serenity of rolling Tuscan hills.

“In Tuscany, history harmoniously blends with every single inch of the land”

Artigiani Bottai

    The land itself dates back to the Etruscan period, VII-VI A.C. and later became the home of artigiani bottai, local wine-barrel makers, who in the 1600’s used the ancient oak trees to make barrels and transformed the Cambolli hill into an independent podere farm in 1684 for the esteemed Palagi family, hailing from the areas of Tregole, Livernano and San Fedele. In Tregole, you can even see the Palagi’s 17th century private chapel built by sons of Piero Palagi dedicated to San Giuseppe, the patron saint protector

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of family fathers, carpenters and of workers. Both the family and local workers gathered to worship here. A further notable element omnipresent throughout the family’s history in a time when rural families in Tuscany were just beginning to establish themselves. In fact, present in the Palagi di Tregole, the Cambolli emblem, which can be seen in the chapel; there is a serrated saw used by the local woodmen placed between three flowers, thus symbolizing the importance of the work in the area.

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     Further going back in history, there is recent evidence in the form of an ancient coin found when workers were digging in the reservoir area that dates Cambolli back to 335 A.D during the final time of Constantine the Great — linking the land to its Roman roots. The coin was an exciting discovery and donated to the Comune of Castellina museum. Additionally, fragments in the form of roof tiles have been found embedded here leading historians to believe that a Roman settlement existed here in 4.D. More interesting enough, the surrounding hilltops of the area have proved that Etruscan communities also once occupied local territory. This can be seen from the Poggio necropolis, located halfway between the towns of Tregole and Fonterutoli and walking distance to our Tenuta. Archeologists have dated this ancient cemetery back to circa VII-VI A.C.E.

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     After more than two centuries of ownership by the Palagi family, the Cambolli farm was then sold to the Barberi family in 1862, who were heirs of another ancient Tregole dynasty. They owned the land until 1942 continuing the local trade that Tuscany is most well-known for, the production of wine and extra virgin olive oil. The history of Tenuta Ceccatelli is filled with stories from those who lived and worked on the estate over centuries, honoring the land and preserving the culture of Chianti. These stories manifest themselves today, where they can be seen in the details throughout Tenuta Ceccatelli. After acquiring the property, the current owners Paolo and Daniela Fagotti decided to restore Tenuta Ceccatelli and it quickly became a passion project to nurture the place where their stories and families came together; hence the namesake of the property chosen to honor the Ceccatelli surname. A history filled with memories from those who lived and worked on the estate over centuries is forever omnipresent, honoring both the land and preserving the culture of Chianti. Throughout the restoration process, Paolo and Daniela paid careful attention to ensure they retained and paid homage to every feather of the estate’s extensive spirit, the combination of original details paired with Daniela’s eye for design are guaranteed to sweep you away as soon as you pass through Tenuta’s doors.

“A lyrical landscape amongst gently rolling hills and majestic oak trees”

     Authentically Italian, the Fagotti family’s passion for Tuscany goes beyond their generous hospitality – it’s for every element of la dolce vita. Tuscany is renowned for its exceptional food, world-class wineries, rustic charm and magically natural landscape. With Paolo’s passion for gastronomy and non-GMO, organic farming methods (showcased by his own Casa Ceccatelli trademarked organic Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil and organic Chianti DOCG and IGT wines) combined with Daniela’s extensive insider knowledge of the luxury travel market,  and interior design, their lucky guests feel more like treasured friends visiting this lyrical landscape year after year, amongst gently rolling hills and majestic oak trees.

“Dreams are like acorns-plant them well, tend them carefully, and they will grow to be as mighty as the oak”