Tenuta is an enchanting estate in Tuscany which perfectly mirrors the soul of the Tuscan Maremma along with the splendours and the prestige of its past history.
It is nestled on a stunningly beautiful countryside estate, which was chosen by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopold II of Lorraine as the place where living.
He fell in love with this place and decided to transform it in a vibrant productive 'borgo' (lit. Very small village). The villa, which is still in good trim and whose Medicean traits
are still clearly visible, was chosen by the Duke as his residence. It was in 1800 that the Grand Duke got a major land reclamation act of the Maremma marshes started, which had been left abandoned and unused since late Roman times. That reclamation of the lands transformed the marshes of the Tuscan Maremma into a nature paradise where farms and holdings could be started off thus boosting the agricultural development of the area. Tenuta has changed many owners and undergone many changes since those days but its identity and beauty have remained untouched ever since. Under the patronage of the new owners, the old buildings of the area underwent a major restoration programme, the main villa was turned into resort and some of the small farms around it were transformed into the new Golf House, which officially opened last year. The internationally renowned French chef Alain Ducasse literally fell in love with this project and joined the family to support the tourist development of the place.
The resort was opened in spring 2004 on the 500-hectare Tenuta, a few miles away from Castiglione della Pescaia.
The luxury five star resort is now an associated member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World', an international brand of luxury hotels.
The Villa and the Fattoria have undergone a major restoration programme carried out by the architects of the 'Mocchetti & Partners' group. They were also given the task to put forward a project aimed at rationalizing the spaces in the two buildings. The interiors of the ancient Medicean villa, the old farm and the original barn, which was the heart of all activities in Grand Duke's days, have been refurbished in the light of productivity and practicality and then turned into dream-like luxury accommodation facilities.
There are 9 rooms in the Villa while the ancient Fattoria hosts 24 of them. The two buildings are joined together by a sun-lit 'Jardin d'hiver', a cosy and informal space made of wrought iron and glass, where now the hotel reception and lobby are located. The 33 rooms – whose size spans from 40 to 92 square metres- are decorated with an eye to details and were tastefully furbished by the distinctive stylish touch of architect Ettore Mocchetti. He worked in such a way as for the countryside and familiar atmosphere to meet elegance and luxury. From all the rooms guests can enjoy an impressive view over the Tuscan Maremma landscape.
Each of the 9 suites located in the Villa has its own décor and distinctive atmosphere, designed to make a unique experience out of your stay.
The new Golf House was opened in 2010, few steps away from the Resort. Its 14 rooms and suites overlooking the practice golf course on the estate and extending
on the hills all around, are the ideal accommodation for families, golf fans and nature lovers.
At Tenuta a well established tradition of wine and oil production has been going on for centuries, since the times of the Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine. The vineyard is located in the middle of the alluvial cone-shaped part of the estate. It's right there that the Grand Duke, after the reclamation work of the place, decided to start up his 'farm', fascinated by the healthy location and by the presence of a pure water spring called 'Acquagiusta'. The soil there is very rich in minerals and alluvial debris. Grapes is harvested manually and transported into small plastic crates. Wine making occurs 'hand-off'; whole grapes are pressed at low pressure. Fermentation and ageing occur in steel tanks at controlled temperature.
In the Western vineyard, located where the soil is the richest in clay, white grapes is grown to produce two different kinds of wines: Acquadoro and Acquagiusta Bianco.
The Eastern vineyard produces Acquagiusta rosato, an elegant and vigorous wine, which is the result of a very careful selection both directly in the vineyard and, consequently, in the winery.
In addition to that, there are olive trees for the production of And'olio, an Extra- virgin olive oil, which expresses the genuine spirit of land farming in the Tuscan Maremma at its best. The area where the olive trees are is a special dedicated area which was covered in Mediterranean scrub till the end of the XIXth century. Olive
tree cultivation reached its peak in the 50s when the area boasted over 25 thousand olive trees and a productive oil mill. The blanket of olive trees is to be found in the part of the estate facing south. There are two kinds of olive trees: Leccino and Moraiolo. Olives are harvested manually in October and November. Olives are pressed in a nearby olive mill; oil is then extracted through a mechanical cold extraction technique.
The Golf House reflects the soul of the Tuscan Maremma landscape and seizes its guests with its openness and genuine spirit along with its rare intimacy which make them feel at home.
The Golf House, in the middle of a wild and still unspoiled nature, is aimed at fulfilling the wishes of soul travellers, of those people who consider a trip as the chance not only of discovering and getting to know new places but also as the chance of discovering themselves, of getting to know better the landscape they have deep inside.
The Golf House boasts a total of 14 rooms and suites, each with a view over the green and surrounding hills, dotted with orderly rows of olive trees, and beyond, live oaks, strawberry trees and mastic trees, which give off an unmistakable balsamic aroma of the Mediterranean scrub.
Guests accommodated in rooms downstairs can enjoy the intimacy of a scented garden; those upstairs have their own private terrace.
In the heart of the Tuscan Maremma countryside the taste of genuine
local products is enriched and re-interpreted by the genius of the French cookery tradition. Everything, though, occurs in full respect for the typical Tuscan cuisine. Demanding but simple and genuine at the same time. It bases on the refinement and balance of the ingredients the French chef is completely loyal to.
In the whole Tenuta there are as many as 6 kitchens, included the one in the Spa, to suit all tastes of our guests, any time during their stay. One of those kitchens looks exactly like a regular household kitchen and it is located in the ancient villa. Every morning a rich breakfast buffet is arranged there: Pastry, cakes, bread, cheese, jams and many other Tuscan specialities to help the guests start their day in the best manner possible.
Another restaurant is in the villa. There, guests can enjoy exquisite Tuscan cuisine re- interpreted in a completely easy and informal way.
The exclusive dishes of the Ducasse cookery school are served in the 'Trattoria Toscana' which was awarded a prestigious Michelin Star in 2007. The Trattoria is located in an old barn and horse stable which, following a major restoration, were turned into a typical Maremma restaurant. It is a contemporary hostelry, where the famous French chef offers his guests refined tasty dishes and typical Tuscan recipes. The rooms inside the old granary and the atmosphere there make something really special out of a dinner out. Vast windows overlook the surrounding Mediterranean scrub and vineyards, the kitchen equipment is on display and a wood oven heralds the kind of menu on offer. The Trattoria extends on about 150 square metres and can host up to 100 guests in a friendly and intimate atmosphere.
Even the wine cellar is open to view, displaying about 150 labels.
The outdoor terrace can accommodate up to 80 guests. Next door is a smaller
room, the ideal setting for private dinners or special events. In the Trattoria Toscana there is also a quiet intimate bar, a boutique selling local wines, cookery books by Ducasse, fine French tableware, Maremma knives, local jams and marmalades.
Total bedroom(s): 33
Land Area: 4800000
Net Area: 4132