Chianti is the Land of harmony. It’s easy to say that the identity of Chianti lies in its wine, but it’s a simplification. Yet it is absolutely true that we are in a terroir that is among the most important, fascinating and famous in the world.
However, to reduce Chianti to Chianti alone (the play on words is intentional) would be doing an injustice to its complexity because, if anything, the common denominator of this land lies in the highest accepted meaning of the rural. An aristocratic rural, because of the excellence of its produce that has determined this exclusiveness.
At bottom, wine is the result of Chianti and not vice versa.
Side by side with wine this rural wisdom has also preserved and then re-launched olive-oil, has brought back the Cinta Sienese breed and a certain amount of sheep-rearing with the production of excellent Pecorino cheeses. Part of Chianti’s identity lies in its cuisine. Every dish is the result of a culture that harks back to the land and the bond established between man and environment, perhaps maintained more than elsewhere precisely because it has been experienced here more than elsewhere.
The philosophy of this land was fully shared by Sandro and Carla that, in respect of the agricultural traditions of Chianti, conduct their Farmhouse in Chianti, near Greve in Chianti. The fantastic farmhouse in the green hill of Chianti is a small but very active farm. A luxuriant and well-kept olive groves, the pride of Sandro, produces the typical Chianti extra virgin olive oil: a deep green, fruity olive oil with its bitter or sweet taste, depending on the year, pungent and sometimes spicy (this oil is now sold, thanks to Sandro’s sister Mariapia, in Milan). Sandro has recently planted one hectare of forestry dedicated to the precious black truffle, with the planting of about 200 hazel trees seedlings inoculated with black truffle spores, the truffle yard can be visited with a nice walk along a picturesque path in the woods. For lovers of walking, then, the 20-hectare farm is crossed by many nice paths.
When the shadows of the setting sun grow longer and colour the valleys of the Chianti in bluish tones, life at La Sala seems to come to a standstill and it’s time to enjoy a few minutes of relaxation at the pool looking at the breathtaking panorama or just lie in the shadow of one of two huge figs (the fruit of which give rise to tasty jams closed with a hint of cognac or whiskey) and if you’re lucky and the vegetable garden produced in quantity, tasting fries (green tomatoes, squash blossoms, zucchini and more) that Sandro and Carla like to offer their guests.
Spending your holidays as guests of Sandro and Carla, you learn to appreciate the gentle passing of time in a setting where beauty and simplicity are one.