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I run, a 20 hectares organic and biodynamic winery located in the hills of Chianti Classico, 15 km south of Florence. Sustainable farming is my goal. I grow grapes and bottle wine, that is my work. I live with Greta, a medium size schnauzer, on one of the 2 vineyards that I own and manage. Some of my sons spend time with me on a regular base. It is a large house, hosts will have their own room and the use of one bathroom.
The goal is to work as a team for a clean agriculture that can bring our grapes to express the true nature of our land. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast, in total respect of the "terroir" of origin. We also need to take care of the garden, the vegetable garden, the house and have various appliances maintenance tasks to accomplish. Depending on the time of the year our guests will be required to help with house repairs, work in the vegetable garden, in the winery or in the vineyard. Meals will not always be shared, but this will be flexibly coordinated depending on work commitments, group size and individual preferences.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
I own a biodynamic vineyard. Guests will learn about working in a winery, bottling, taking care of a vineyard, more in general farming and gardening and also house repairs or maintenance when needed. But also, baking bread, making fresh pasta, fermenting kefir, kombucha and vegetables.
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 trees (Libia). I graduated in Economics in Florence then moved to Boston where I took a degree in musical composition at Berklee college of music. I then 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 first brand and opened many international markets for my wine. I recently started a second wine brand. I am fluent in Italian, French, English and Spanish (this last one better understood than spoken).
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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...There will also be some gardening to do, construction work, house repairs and fencing. People with some farming experience are preferred, eager to learn and with a positive energy.
This host offers a language exchange
I am fluent in Italian, French and English. I have a good understanding of Spanish.
Living next door to the owner or in the same house depending on the number of guests and work to do and sharing some meals. Each guest will have their own room and the use of a bathroom. Couples can be accomodate, 4 rooms are available. Burners, an oven 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 ok.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Internet connection is via radio bridge. It is good and steady but not as fast as an optical connection.
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
25 hours a week
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