At Podere Borgaruccio we cultivate harmony
The land of Borgaruccio
The organic and biodynamic farm Podere Borgaruccio is one of the ancient
estates of Peccioli (Pisa). It covers an area of about 12 hectares,
overlooking the Valdera.
Until the late ' 50s as many as eight families were working at Podere Borgaruccio. All of them were sharecroppers employed Countess Matteucci, and four of those families lived in the building where we live today, in miserable housings made of just two rooms. A room for the day and one for night.
When the Countess found herself in financial difficulties, she sold her lands to those sharecroppers who would have cultivated this land until they sold it to us in 2007.
Wine is here
The vines and olive trees are cultivated here since ever mainly because
you can't grow anything else (except maybe fruit trees and vegetable
gardens). In this area of Tuscany the land is divided into small plots,
with a myriad of owners, mainly elderly, proud, stubborn and untiring
Here each family owns a small vineyard, or has a relative, an uncle, a grandparent, who owns it. Here nobody bus wine; everyone make it! At Podere Borgaruccio vinayards always existed and the following vines have been cultivated for centuries: Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo and Trebbiano, Malvasia and San Colombano. The latter, once a prized table grapes with small grains, dense and sweet, was implanted in Peccioli by followers of St. Colombano and in there it became a symbol.
Today the grape Colombana is a rarity and is still used to make the Vin Santo and, most of all, our Era white wine.
The agricultural Park
Podere Borgaruccio can be accessed only by one road and it is isolated
from at least three sides: from the Southeast to the Southwest it is
isolated by the Ripa, a tufa Badlands of 150 metres that each summer
hosts migratory birds coming here for the mating ritual; from the North
side there is a dense wooded gully that stretches down to the Era river
and it is home for a large number of animal wild species.
Each palm of Borgaruccio is different from each other: the earth varies in composition of tuff sedimentary sand, silt and clay and everywhere are there remains of marine fossils. Climatically, despite the small extension, it is possible to distinguish at least four different microclimatic areas characterized by the prevailing elements: fire, earth, water and air.
That's why it's important to know every inch of this land to understand it and to interpret it. Is a continuous learning process that I'm still pursuing.