Il Vigneto Retreat
"An Enigmatic Chianti Vineyard Villa” - Reviewed by Deborah
DEBORAH PERFECT PICK “What an amazing experience to stay at a fully-functioning, world-class winery surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Here, you feel like you’re in the ‘real’ Tuscany where ‘la vita è bella!”
Its cultured owners like to call Il Vigneto Retreat ‘the resort’ — Bio Art & Wine Resort, to be precise – and for good reason. Together, four impeccably-restored buildings gather like a medieval hamlet offering a 5-star experience reminiscent of a boutique resort or luxury retreat for up to 18 guests (sofa beds available upon request for additional guests).
Surrounded by 15 hectares of vines on a 30-hectare estate, you are destined for a fine luxury experience under the Tuscan sun – with a little optional organic agritourism thrown in for good measure.
Besides being located less than 20 minutes from Arezzo — a town made famous by the Roberto Benigni 1997 movie, La Vita è Bella! (Life is Beautiful) — and an hour from both Florence and Siena, the main attraction of this property is its privacy and unique setting on a working organic vineyard and farm. Access to the estate is secured by an electronic gate while the villa is positioned at some distance from the winery for additional exclusivity and seclusion.
Other highlights of Il Vigneto Retreat include its historic significance and the layout that makes it perfect for large groups, especially for multiple families traveling together. The renovated villa you see today was once a medieval watchtower. When the lofty tower was dismantled at the beginning of the Renaissance, the stones were put to good use creating smaller annexes in addition to the main villa.
With 7,500sqm (more than 80,000sqft) of exterior spaces, the villa is also an ideal choice for special events such as weddings, retreats of all kinds and parties. It has the potential to host receptions big or small with a maximum capacity for 480 people. Event planning and coordination services are readily available.
Finally, guests can choose to take part in tailored wine and olive oil tasting activities on site as well as private tours of the winery. At the time of inspection, an artist in residence was installing a sculpture outside the winery and you can see his original label designs featured on some bottles of wine.