Podere Castellaccia – Tuscany farmhouse and winery
Of wine, hospitality and passion
The origins of Podere Castellaccia date back to the early 1830’s, when our grandfather Sinibaldo and our grandmother Alba arrived in Maremma and brought their first parcel of land on the hill that is Podere Castellaccia. With their unending hard work and dedication, the earth that they toiled began to bear its fruit. And the first of the Pellegrini wine, extra virgin olive oil, and “pinoli” (pine) nuts were produced.
In the succeeding years the farm passed to Sinibaldo and Alba’s eldest son, our father Alfonso. Who, with our mother, Loretta, continued the labour of love at Podere Castellaccia and the path mapped out by his father. Recognising the extraordinary potential of the gentle hills and climate of this land, he set out with impetus to fulfil a dream. A dream of exceptional wine and extra virgin olive oil.
His fighting nature and infinite personal resources have been an inspiration and still surprise us every day!
Today, aware of our history and grateful to our parents and grandparents before us for their courage, energy, and belief in what they were doing, we now stand alongside our parents. Alfonso and Loretta’s daughters. Supporting them with enthusiasm and commitment. Incentivised every day by their example. Taking the work of the farm and the welcoming atmosphere of the Podere Castellaccia agriturismo forward for the next generation. Our own young children. With a heartfelt conviction to a lifestyle dictated by the rhythms of the countryside, married with the introduction of new innovations and skills.
The view to the sea just 18 kilometres away. In winter you can see all the way to Sardinia from the Podere hill top and out of the farmhouse windows.
The view inland.
Some things have changed… others haven’t
Our great-uncle Primo, ploughing the land by oxen. The photograph was taken between 1936 and 1940.
And today, Alfonso still building our haystack the old-fashioned way.
You’ll spot it from a distance as you make your way up our hill.