Il Cellese


Since 2013 the wines of Il Cellese have been produced and refined in the winery of Maltraverso, located in the basement of the homonymous villa, dating back to the eighteenth century.

Located very close to the motorway that connects Florence and Siena, it is easily reachable by those seeking to discover the heart of Tuscany.

The history of these places is truly fascinating: discovered almost by chance by Sergio Sardelli, thanks to his curiosity, it turned out to be a place with a magical and ancient flavour.

It consists of three tunnels dug into the tuff, which keep the temperature and humidity constant, that represent, besides the incredible architecture, also a place with characteristics that are ideal for the ageing and refinement of wine. The tunnels were abandoned after the Second World War when they assumed the function of shelter from the massive bombings that struck the area.

They were reclaimed from the roots of the plants above and from the sediment deposited from dozens of years of abandonment and restored to their ancient splendour, with the original flooring and structures still visible in terracotta.

In the first tunnel, used to receive the fresh grapes, harvested by hand that arrive directly from the lands of the Cellese, in small boxes weighing 18 kg each, to preserve the integrity of the grapes, the fermentation of the grapes takes place in steel vats at a controlled temperature.


The deepest tunnel houses the French oak barrels and barriques for the ageing in wood of wine. The youngest wines remain here for 9 months, while, the most prized ones, for three years.

Once bottled, our finest wines (the “Reserva” and “Gran” selection) rest for a period that varies from one to two years in the third tunnel with a capacity of 22,000 bottles, dedicated to aging in bottles.
In 2018, the entrance area to the villa, which in past centuries had to act as an atrium and probably the point of arrival for horse and carriages, was finely restored, resulting in the tasting room, the focal point of the winery that creates a continuum between the tunnel dedicated to the production, the one dedicated to ageing and the one that hosts the refinement. After a guided tour, visitors can stop for lunch and taste in an incredibly beautiful environment the wines produced in the adjacent winery.

After a guided tour, visitors can stop for lunch and taste in an incredibly beautiful environment the wines produced in the adjacent winery.

Choose either the "Light Lunch" based on sliced crispy bread, slices of cured meats and cheeses accompanied by wines €25 per person or the four-course tasting Menu (starter, first course, second course and dessert) with wine combinations €50 per person.

You can buy on site the products tasted that can be shipped all over the world.

Opening hours :
from March 15th to the end of October from 11.30 to 17.00

From November 1st to March 15th on reservation


​We are proud to open the doors of our barrel cellar to all lovers of Chianti who will want to experience and taste our wines from whose fragrances we aim to draw the same emotions that we feel every time we enter these places and find ourselves surrounded by our most traditional history.