Italy is known all over the world for its history and beauty.
What about Tuscany and the Chianti region? This is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy, and the place where the famous "Chianti Classico" wine is produced. If you want to know more about this wine and the history of this magnificent region, you should visit the Chianti area and experience its history, culture and the charm of this land!
Agriturismo "Il Cellese" is located in the heart of Chianti; starting from here you will have the opportunity to experience the majesty and the spirit of this land while discovering the beautiful cities and villages founded by the first inhabitants of Tuscany: the mysterious "Etruscans".
The first delineation of the Chianti region dates back to 1716; nowadays the boundaries of the Chianti region are to be found between the provinces of Firenze and Siena. There are seven types of Chianti Wine; the most important one (labeled with the DOCG status) is the "Chianti Classico Gallo Nero". Love and care of the vineyards, favorable climate, rich soil, low productivity - all these aspects contribute to produce high quality wines.
Sergio Sardelli is the owner of "Il Cellese" farm house. Sergio was
born in 1978 and he created “Il Cellese” in 2001. But... where does his story begin?
Sergio was born in Italy from Italian parents who lived in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, Seville; Sergio grew up in Spain and remained there until the age of 18.
In search of his future Sergio decided to travel many countries around the world, but his Italian roots called him back to Italy. During his childhood he spent every summer in Italy with his parents, brother and sister. In Italy he listened to his aunt telling him that he should move back to Italy to continue the family business and help her make her dream come true: wine export in the international market!
Unfortunately, when Sergio finally moved to Italy, his aunt passed away and her husband became the manager of the property. At that time the property was 220 hectares wide. Sergio begun working with his uncle, but they had different ideas and strategies. Their different opinions brought Sergio to a final decision: in 2001 they divided the property and Sergio inherited 25% of the land; this meant 7 hectares of old vineyards and the “ruins” of what is now "Il Cellese" farm house.
The name "Il Cellese" dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. At that time the land where the property is situated belonged to the Church; the people who worked for the Church in this portion of land were called "cellesi" because they lived in little rooms called "celle" (cells). Since the age of 20 Sergio has been working in the fields; there he learnt about the grapes, the soil, and all the processes which are necessary to obtain the best final product. His teachers were the country workers... some of them had started working when Sergio’s grandfather was still running the property. The reconstruction of the farmhouse started in 2002 and lasted 4 years. The reconstruction aimed to maintain the history, spirit and tradition of the place.
Thanks to his guests' comments today "Il Cellese" is considered the best Agriturismo of the area (as you can read on Trip Advisor Web Site). From the windows of "Il Cellese" you have a breathtaking view over the vineyards and the countryside. The property, which is 9 hectares wide, is divided into three different plots of land each characterized by a different soil and a different solar exposition; three different types of grapes grow here: Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
At present our goal is to realize a family dream: introducing our wine into the international market. What makes us different from the others? Of course we are not saying that we produce the "best" Chianti wine, but we can affirm that our wine is produced with love and care, and that our grapes grow in ideal conditions and climate achieving a perfect flavor and aroma. Moreover, our relatively "small" production, guarantees an exclusive product that cannot be guaranteed by a bigger producer.