|Location||Tuscany-San Gimignano (SI)|
|Organic certification||Suolo e Salute IT BIO 004 09-04131|
Casa Lucii is a historical family-run estate located in the hilly landscape of San Gimignano in the heart of Tuscany.
They cultivate about 12 hectares of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, around 20 hectares of Chianti vineyards, as well as other vineyards dedicated to the production of young Tuscan wines or those aged in wooden barrels
In the early 1900s, with the arrival of the railroad the village of Certaldo became a collection centre of Chianti wine which was transported to the port of Leghorn and loaded on ships sailing to New York!
The wine container par excellence was the Tuscan flask, blown, covered with straw, filled and loaded through the involvement of a great number of people.
Serafino and Teresa’s son Libanio took over the trading and brokerage activity and, in the 1960s and ’70s , during the rural exodus from the Tuscan countryside resulting from the abolition of sharecropping, his foresight lead him to acquire many a farmstead (the Italian podere, a farm and its buildings where the sharecroppers once lived). He painstakingly devoted himself to restoring production, heedful of the new requirements dictated by the imminent mechanisation (the tractor replaced the oxen).Step by step, the number of farmsteads and vineyards increased, and the estate was structured in such a way as to meet the new demands.
The new cellar, the driving force of the estate, was built in the ’80s, becoming the focal point of continuing attention and investments to allow the production of quality wines combining tradition and innovation. To maintain the original identity of the farmsteads and give new life to the dwellings on each farm, over the years several estate production units were constituted, managed and promoted collectively under the Casa Lucii trademark.
During the ’90s, attentive restoration works were carried out to refurbish the ancient manor house, thus converted into the estate’s headquarters in the Municipality of San Gimignano locality of Santa Maria a Villa Castelli.
The new generation, Luca, Lorenzo, Marta, Michela and Leonardo, brought up between earth, sky and wine, is energetically and knowledgeably bringing new lifeblood to the estate and its products of excellence.
The passion for organic farming, certified since 2000, the care for the territory with its long-standing roots and extraordinary beauty, and the endless search for quality, guarantee unique, excellent products that can also be appreciated during guided visits and tastings directly in the winery
Their motto, in humo virtus, intends to convey both the complexity and humble origins of our work: Virtue in Soil.
In a wider meaning, fertile land carrier of life or even life that generates life.
Plant litter that falls to the ground is reborn through an organic process called humification, which occurs owing to millions of saprophytic bacteria. The newly activated organic matter generates soil fertility and favours the luxuriant growth of other herbaceous and arboreous species.
Understanding this process means respecting the earth, life and their complex dynamics. Knowledge of their laws allows one to understand and manage production processes, from planting to harvesting, from winter pruning of the vines to winemaking. And, more generally, the pursuit of harmony involves our family, our co-workers and the people who, for some reason or other, are connected with our estate.