Castel Ruggero Pellegrini
There are many interesting places in and around the Farm Castel Ruggero Pellegrini. We made a choice between them, with the idea of ??being able to introduce our territory for everyone.
The Villa of Castel Ruggero. Owned only about half by my family. Our portion is the one comprising the tower with the complex and adjacent part of the old mill. A lot of information about the villa is collected in History section of the website.Our commitment is to mantain the most of this great building. It is the residence of our family, and the image of our entire company. The great centuries-old oak in the garden, beautiful, always reminds us that when man follows the nature, without pretending to dominate or undergo, creates divine things. (ph.01)
The old broad way of Poggio Fontaccia, all made with local rocks, along the area of ??vineyards, drive those who want to relax, along a short, easy and scenic walk. Andrea Garuglieri writes “From Poggio Fontaccia the Roman road of the Val di Cintoia would presumably continue to” the Capannuccia “Grassino and Ponte a Ema (...) For some authors, the path just described corresponds to the branch of the Cassia Hadrian road , ie stretch of Cassia between Chiusi and Florence built by Emperor Hadrian in 123 AD “ (From “Corrsipondenza” nineteenth year number 2). (ph.02)
The station of Mount Taurine, in the highest part of the farm, tell us about the past oriented breeding a lot more than now, and testifies about an agricultural situation quite much more social, aggregated and integrated in the territory than it is now.
The lake of Castel Ruggero, a short walk from the villa, visible from the road “Castel Ruggero”, is an artificial lake created in the 60s for agricultural needs from the farms. It ‘a great “field of water”, which is no swimming or fishing but offers breathtaking sights and soothing to anyone seeking peace and tranquility. (ph.04)
The great ancient furnace Castel Ruggero, no longer in operation, made extensive use of clays in the area to turn them into vases, jars and ornaments of terracotta. (ph.05)
The rural school Ugo Foscolo, at our center, where manufacturing activity is concentrated, was born with the idea of ??educating people who lived and worked in the area with the belief that a worker with a little ‘culture would have been a better worker for the company. Hard to disagree on that. (ph.06)
The river Ema is our southwest border. In the summer, often appears as a dirt road, but at the first rains of autumn swells and roars in the valley bottom. (ph.07)
The Chianti Classco’s vineyards of Poggio Fontaccia, partly totally renovated, are the backbone of viticulture production. These were grown on an ancient landslide (paleofrana), and the Grand Canal which crosses is oriented approximately north-south along the meridian. Their exposure offers lots of sun to the grapes so they can mature phenolic complex structures, although with quantitative strict productions.
The promiscuous or, as we call it, the “garden agriculture”, tells us about the past way of farming before intensive systems. The grapes are alternated with olive trees and fruit trees, and they grown on trees (belonging to the special maple) as support, pruned properly. The rows of vines are large because they were once made of wheat sowing in the middle of them.
In the vast farm complex Meleto, probably the core dates back to the Middle Ages, although it has been over the centuries expanded, damaged by earthquakes and marked by history.(ph.10)
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