Fattoria di Sammontana
The vines and olive groves of Fattoria Sammontana, located in the village of Montelupo, run along the hill that borders the valley of the Arno river.
The property and its 12th century Roman church, were once the property of the Medici family. Later, the property was donated to the canons of San Lorenzo in Florence, who enjoyed the protection and benevolence of the Medici dynasty. They built the underground cantinas and also a furnace with which to produce terracotta pottery.
In 1870, the entire property and adjacent church was bought by a Polish nobleman named Michele Dzieduszycki. He was living at the Imperial Court in Vienna at the time, but loved to spend time in the Tuscan countryside. His son, Maurizio, specialized in art and Renaissance literature, and eventually married an Italian woman. Maurizio and his wife moved permanently to Tuscany. Today, Maurizio's son, Massimo, has turned Fattoria Sammontana into an agricultural property devoted to honest wine and olive oil.