The Beginnings

Massanera was born in the early Middle Ages as a hunting lodge for a wealthy Florentine family and probably owes its name to a vast wood of holm oaks, a non-deciduous dark green, almost black tree.
In the early 1700s the family became extinct and Massanera then passed, as often still happens today, to the Catholic Church which installed a small congregation of friars, so-called "minor" who, however, not being hunters, risked becoming extinct. their turn.
It was then that the Church decided to sell and an ancestor of the current owners, librarian at the Court of France, in order to not risk being guillotined, in 1789 he left that country and came to Italy where he also bought Massanera.


Passionate farmer, he deforested ten hectares and planted the first vines and olive trees,

he built two houses next to the hunting house as it is still read in Latin on the two marble headstones affixed to their respective facades, "for the home of the farmers and the shelter of the crops".
Only a century later, the "manor house" was built in place of the hunting lodge and Massanera then became the permanent home of the owners of that time.
Therefore passed from generation to generation by inheritance, it was seriously damaged during the last war, both in the buildings and in the crops so much that, in 1970, the owners decided, even reluctantly to sell it.

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From 1970 to Today

It was then that the current owner, Carlo Cattaneo, son of one of the owners of the time, decided to buy it.

He replanted the vineyards and part of the olive groves, completely restored the houses, subsequently transforming part of them into rooms for the farmhouse he built two new rooms for the offices, the wine-making cellar and the refinement of bottles in air conditioning and a new cellar, completely underground, for the aging of the wines in small oak barrels, it equipped a room for the transformation and maturing of the Cinta Senese meats, a pig breed bred in the free state in the company woods and saved from extinction about thirty years ago. and also from Massanera with the help of others  breeders gathered in the "Compagnia della Cinta", registered trademark and based in Massanera.

The company therefore offers the market different types of wine today, including, of course, the Massanera Chianti Classico, the Aulente di Massanera  Extra virgin olive oil, cold cuts and Cinta Senese meats, tastings of their products in the company restaurant, cooking and pork butchery school, and all this, thanks to the passion of the new owner, perhaps handed down from generation to generation, by the first owner

Bibliotecario del Re di Francia che, anche lui appassionato agricoltore, scappando dalla Rivoluzione francese, iniziò a dare vita agricola a Massanera.