I run a biodynamic winery since 2004. Sustainable farming is my goal. I grow grapes and bottle wine, that is my work. I live alone on one of the 2 vineyards that I own and manage. My sons spend sometime with me on a regular base. It is a large house, hosts will have their own room and the use of one bathroom.
Working as a team for a clean farming that can bring our grapes to express the true nature of our land.
DIY and building projects
I have a biodynamic vineyard, Guests will be Learning about working in a winery, bottling, taking care of a vineyard, more in general farming and gardening and mostly how farming can be gentle to our earth instead of exploiting it.
As for myself, I grew up in North Africa where my family, my father was Italian, my mother was Russian, had vineyards (Tunisia) and olive groves (Libia). I graduated in Economics in Florence then moved to Boston where I took a degree in musical composition at Berklee college of music, then I lived in NYC for 10 years being a musician and occasionally a wine sales rep. In 1999 I moved back to Tuscany where I started winemaking established a brand and opened many international markets for my wine. I am fluent in Italian, French, English and Spanish (this last one better understood than spoken).
Depending on the time of the year, helpers will be involved in vineyard work, harvesting, pruning, weeding the vines, tying the canes etc.. or winery work, racking, bottling, packing, preparing paletts etc...Occasionally there will be some gardening to do, construction work like fencing, building small wooden gates.
I need people with some farming experience, eager to learn and with a positive energy.
Living next door to the owner and sharing some meals. Guests will have their own room and the use of a bathroom. Couples can be accomodate, 3 rooms are available. A stove and a refrigerator are available for those who wish to be more independent.
Tuscany offers many levels of discovery from landscape marvels to cultural and historical curiosity. Florence is a city of art, 40 mn away (by bus) from the farm. Siena is 50mn away, Lucca an hour. Transportation to town by bus is fine.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week