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.