An organic production with a focus on soil health and biodiversity
Main products include heirloom fruits and vegetables for use by our residents and guests of the agritourism, extra virgin olive oil (made from the Tuscan olive varieties Leccino, Pendolino, Frantoio and Moraiolo), and multi-floral honey produced on-site from our dozen beehives.
Spannocchia also produces a few varieties of organic wines and related products, such as our IGT Rosso, IGT Rosato, IGT Bianco, passito (dessert wine), grappa, and brandy. Our vineyards feature native Italian grape varieties including sangiovese, colorino, ciliegiolo, canaiolo, malvasia and trebbiano.
Some of our products can be ordered online & others can only be purchased directly in Italy
Vegetable garden & honey bees
These animals are all raised in an extensive, semi-brado (semi-wild) state, with access to forage and pasture year round.
Spannocchia is a member of the Consortium of Cinta Senese Breeders, and all animals are raised according to organic principles. Spannocchia’s garden and fruit orchard areas are also home to a flock of free-ranging chickens and ducks, who provide us with a portion of the eggs we use in the agritourism, as well as a valuable pest control and weeding service.
Many of the seasonings and spices used in our salumi production are also harvested on the property, like the wild fennel, bay leaf, and juniper berries.
Spannocchia’s cured meats range from the most popular items, like our capocollo and prosciutto (typically aged a minimum of 24 months) to local Sienese specialty products, like our soppressata and burristo.
Each year, Spannocchia creates three wines from the grapes grown in our vineyards. Our IGT Rosso and IGT Rosato are made from the sangiovese, colorino, ciliegiolo, and canaiolo grapes, while our IGT Bianco is a blend of trebbiano with a small percentage of malvasia.
We also make our passito, a sweet dessert wine, from a blend of some of the best grape bunches that are slightly dried before pressing. From the vinaccia, the remnants of our winemaking, we also create our One-Eyed Boar grappa, and we have recently created the “Dandy Deer Brandy” using our 2014 IGT Rosso wine with over an year aging it on our vin santo barrels.
The oil is extracted with a modern mill a short distance from our farm, ensuring the highest quality.
This land is managed according to a sustainable forestry plan, in which woodcutting is preformed according to a schedule that allows time for the forest areas to recover. Wood harvested is sold off-side and used on-site as a renewable resource, powering our wood-burning cooking ovens and heating systems.