PASSION FOR ORGANIC WINE

In the beginning for us, organic farming wasn’t really a passion but a necessity.
It was the need to bring healthy food to our table, to live in a place without pesticides, and to keep Corrado and me away from chemical products.
When my parents started this new adventure in the organic world of farming, my brother and I were just children, and we weren’t able to understand the value of this type of farming.
At its birth, organic farming wasn’t very popular. Before the introduction of this method, people used the ‘chemical struggle’ following a calendar of different chemical treatments.

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The chemical treatments used are called ‘systemics’. These are products that can be absorbed by plants in a very easy way.
Plants are modified by these products, and with them, also pathogens. But they become more resistant to this kind of treatment.
With the introduction of organic farming, new methods of control are introduced. The most important is the ‘integrated struggle’.

This consists of elements like plants, insects, and pheromone traps being used for control. The pheromone traps are used for sexual confusion, so mating is not possible. The sole purpose of these integrated methods is to reduce the use of plant protection products.
The big revolution of this new method is the introduction of “Threshold intervention”, this takes into account the value of phytophagous insects damage (those that eat green plants) and the cost that we will be going to sustain for the treatment.

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This means we take the decision to do the treatment only if it’s strictly necessary, mostly for some phytophagous insects like the vine ‘Tignoletta’ or the olive fly. (They are small insects that cause damage to the vines or the olives). We need to consider the weather conditions because they are extremely important for the treatments.

Every plot has a climate and a microclimate and each one is different from the other. For this reason, we need to be sure that the fungus that we need to fight is actually in that spot.

In our specific case, we do treatments only for pathogens like fungus. We use only ‘by contact products’ because they remain outside the plants as the fungus doesn’t attack the plant only the leaves.
Being an organic farm means that we can’t use GMO, weedkillers, chemical fertilizer, and other chemical plant protection products.

WHY BIODYNAMIC WINE?

After having learned the method for Organic farming, we decided to proceed to the Biodynamic method.
The biodynamic method was born in 1924 after the huge quantity of chemical products in the soil after WWI.
Rudolf Steiner is the founder of Biodynamic. He was entrusted to study a new way of farming looking to the future.
Steiner proceeded from the method for alcoholic fermentation, the process of sugar transformation in alcohol thanks to the yeasts. For this process 200 or 300 gr of yeasts can transform 100hl of Mosto (grape juice not yet fermented).
To replicate this process in the soil is possible thanks to natural compounds, that are fundamental to connect the sky, earth and plants.

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We use some compounds for the Air (Silica Horn\ Horn 501), and some others for the Earth (Dung Horn\ Horn 500). Plants are fed by the micronutrients and macronutrients of the soil and the light and for this reason, we need to have two different horns with different actions.
The Silica Horn is used to reflect the sunlight because it comes in the form of crystals, and it is spread in all the parts of the plants. It is fundamental for the plant because it allows better lymph transport through the lymphatic vessels.
In this way, the structure of the plant becomes stronger.

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Dung horn is used to increase macrobiotics levels in the soil. Micororganisms are present only in the first 20\30 cm of soil, but in our biodynamic soil, they are present in the first 60\70 cm. It means that we have modified the soil’s structure.
Dung horn is essentially cow’s manure in a horn, fermented under the soil for 5 or 7 months. During this period, it loses the strong smell and becomes dark brown colour, rich in bacteria and is very similar to loam. It is fundamental because it represents the living part of the soil. This is spread in the soil by hand. We use some water added to the manure because it represents a fundamental role in this kind of agriculture. It’s responsible for the spreading. We start with the dynamization of the compound. To start this process we need time, movement, and warmth. The water has to be clear, without chlorine and around 37° C\ 98° F. This temperature is perfect for the survival of the bacteria.

When the compound is ready it has to be shaken for 1 hour creating some vortex. We can do this manually or using a machine. After the activation, the compound is poured into a copper recipient to be spread in the soil by hand. This process has to be done quickly.
Biodynamics is not only based on “ compounds ”, it is a different way to understand the surrounding environment and to cooperate with all the elements that it is composed of, including the stars.

MOON AND WINE

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The moon is a fundamental element because we also understand its influence.
For every lunar phase, we have a specific way to work the soil or the plant.
To make this transformation, we started to collaborate with Michele Lorenzetti, a famous winemaker and biologist who is esteemed in the biodynamic world.

Thanks to his practice approach, we learned a new method without any guesswork. Michele and Carlo Noro (other prominent figures in biodynamics) have recently studied the use and the preparation of Horn 500. Biodynamics can look like magic, I know, but everything has a sense.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC?

Differences between biological and biodynamic are mainly in the use of the compounds. Organic farming has the only purpose of reducing the use of chemical products and chemical plant protection products.
Biodynamics has the purpose of creating a collaboration between all the elements of the ecosystem.
Futuristic vision.

TOWARDS A GREEN FUTURE

Our farm was from the beginning very sensitive to sustainability, not for passion but necessity. We want to safeguard our health, our lives, our future, and the future of our planet.
With the arrival of our baby Eva, the new addition to our family, we decide to reinforce the decision to run across the same path that our parents chose to follow years ago. Organic and biodynamic are not a “fashion”, but a real habit that everybody should follow to preserve our actual needs without affecting our future ones.

To love our earth, live life to the fullest and leave it more beautiful than we found it.
This should be our mission.

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Dear Friends, our Biodynamic winery in San Gimignano is happy to share with you our biodynamic wines, biological olive oil and special vinegar. Free shipping available to USA & Europe.

OUR BELOVED CUSTOMERS SAY

Brenda L
Brenda L
2023-11-16
Verified
Fabulous tasting experience, in a gorgeous setting! My husband and I loved every minute of our tasting experience - sampling delicious wines and olive oils, PLUS a wonderful lunch perfectly paired for the wines and oils we sampled. And all in our own private tasting room with a picture postcard view of idyllic San Gimignano. So romantic! It's a memory we'll never forget - thank you so much Podere la Marronaia! Highly recommend this experience!
Joseph A
Joseph A
2023-11-08
Verified
Second to none. If you ever find yourself within an hour's drive of this location, take the time to drop in and experience one of the most picturesque locations in Italy. This location is just outside of town and has at least two of my favorite wines from Italy. We have since finding this gem, ordered wine shipped to our door. The problem is when friends come to visit, we have to make another order due to the popularity of the products they produce.... But hey, that is what a great bottle of wine will do. See you all in May 2024! Joe, Jen, Chris, Wendy,
NSchutta
NSchutta
2023-10-30
Verified
One of my favorite Italy excursions we did Definitely recommend this place for any of their tastings or tastings with lunch. We all enjoyed their selections of wine, olive oils, balsamics, and their food as well. We tasted two regular olive oils, 5 flavored olive oils, 3 balsamic vinegars, and if I remember correctly, 4 red wines and 4 white wines. For food we were served a charcuterie board, 4 different hand held appetizers, a panzanella salad, and gnocchi for the main entree. The staff is great and their views are beautiful. This turned out to be one of my favorite things we did in Italy.
Chris F
Chris F
2023-10-17
Verified
Incredible meal, views and experience! This was a wonderful experience. Great Food, wine, oil, balsamic vinegar, and views! We sat at a private table outside looking over the vineyards and across at the beautiful city and towers of San Gimignano. We had an incredible assortment of truffle-based foods, while sampling an assortment of wines, oils and balsamic vinegars. All amazing. We purchased and shipped home some vino and vinegar, and have re-ordered since. We highly recommend this experience in San Gimignano.
Tristin R
Tristin R
2023-10-16
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Very High Quality Family Winery & Farm!! An experience you will never forget!! La Marronaia is hands down the winery to visit! We were having a rough day after being dropped off in Sienna by a driver who didn't speak English, (and being told to meet at a location we couldn't find there)... but... as soon as we got to La Marronaia, all our stress, troubles, worries, aches, and pains went away. They have such a beautiful view of their land and of San Gimignano. We were seated to our own large private round table looking out over the valley of their vineyard. We were greeted by our waiter (I forget his name) who was kind, professional, and very accommodating to us switching out more comfortable chairs for us and getting us different wines when we asked for them as well as more olives (and the name of the olives we ate as well, which were the best I've ever tasted in my entire life by the way. I have always hated olives, but they had the far superior Cerignola giganti olives and good Lord I love olives now. They converted me! Lol.). He explained everything about their organic biodynamic practices, the specialty of their land, soil, and grapes, their awards/certifications/labels, their history, etc. This is a lovely little family operation and they truly want you to have an amazing experience. We really appreciated their soft sell. We went to another winery the next day (who I won't name), but they are a BIG operation. Nothing was personal there. They just bring people in by the bus load and push their sales onto everyone. You're just a number. But at La Marronaia it was very personal. It was very special. They keep it small and intimate. Not only are their products clearly the best (better than anything we'd tried), but all the food they give you to accompany their oil, vinegar, and wines, was the absolute best. It was just such an unforgettable and wonderful experience. It was a hot day, but we were completely in the shade and enjoyed a light breeze. Their wines are spectacular. Not acidic like so many wines are. You could taste the pureness. The quality. You could smell, feel, see, and taste the difference. They were so friendly and we didn't truly understand how special the whole thing was until a few days later when we were reminiscing about it. We actually didn't purchase anything while we were there. It was about a week or so afterward that I realized how truly special, unique, and high quality their products are. I was able to contact them on Whatsapp and they helped me figure out which wines and vinegar were my favorite and I was able to easily purchase them online. Free shipping when you buy 6 items. I highly recommend if you are in the area and want to do a wine tasting, avoid the rest, just go here. I wish I could have done the truffle hunting experience. Maybe next time! Thank you La Marronaia for caring about all your guests having an amazing experience and not stressing about just getting customers to buy your products. Continue to let your products speak for themselves. Keep treating your guests well. Quality above quantity. Experience over sales. Always. Thank you. ~Tristin
jnbndr
jnbndr
2023-10-08
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A great day tasting wine The food and wine pairings were delicious and the setting was gorgeous. We were a party of 14 and sat outside under a canopy, we went in the beginning of October so it was warm but not hot so it made the outdoor experience lovely. The service was very good and the explanations of the wines were informative. We loved the wines so much we ordered a case to be shipped home. The reason I gave it a four was because although shipping is free they did charge 20 Euros for “handling” which I didn’t know about until after I paid for the case. I would have ordered it anyway but to me, I think it’s a bit deceiving when you hear “free shipping” but they charge you to pack up their wine and ship it. It was a fun afternoon spent with family in a beautiful setting
chip f
chip f
2023-10-02
Verified
Wonderful adventure Great winery with wonderful people. The truffle adventure is a wonderful experience as well as the cooking class afterward. We have also ordered their fine products online and had them delivered to our home. We must say every time we order the delivery went seamlessly.
John H
John H
2023-09-29
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Wonderful wine tasting experience! Actually went in 2016. On our first trip to Italy in 2016 our tour agent booked a private wine tasting at Podere La Marronaia. We had a most wonderful experience in a large second floor room overlooking the beautiful countryside, hosted by Pietro and Corrado. Such gracious hosts! Certainly, one of the highlights of our trip. I would highly reccomend a visit to Podere La Marronaia. Should we every find ourselves in that area again we most certainly will stop again. Also, just ordered my second case of wines to be shipped to us.
Beth P
Beth P
2023-09-26
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Wonderful Wine Tasting and Meal! This wine tasting was definitely a highlight of our family vacation. We were seated in a private dining room with a beautiful view of the vineyard and San Gimignano. The wines, oils, and balsamics were wonderful and we highly recommend having the meal as well, it was delicious. Sarah and the entire staff were very informative and friendly. We enjoyed everything so much that we are having some wines, oils, and balsamics shipped home!
John Arne Føreland
John Arne Føreland
2024-05-03
Great location and view! Great wines, olive oils and balsamicos.
theo karan
theo karan
2024-04-12
Very polite staff.
Sandra V. E
Sandra V. E
2024-04-09
Mi esposo y yo fuimos a una degustacion de comida y vinos 🍷, todo estuvo delicioso y la vista es increíble. Les sugiero que prueben el vinagre balsámico "oro".
Bobbe Wood
Bobbe Wood
2024-04-04
Luigi e famiglia sono eccezionali