Tenuta il Corno

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Tenuta il Corno

Built in the 12th century by the ancient Del Corno family, this country estate ("Tenuta" in Italian) later passed to the Strozzi family – when the Renaissance was in peak – became the Grand Duke's summer house. Since 1911 it is owned by the Counts Frova Arroni di Arrone, who have carried on all its traditional agronomic activities. Thanks to  270 hectares of land, 76 of them are dedicated to vineyards and 65 to olive trees, Tenuta Il Corno produces excellent wines like the Chianti DOCG (Designation of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed) and the Colorino IGT (Typical Geographical Identification). Thanks to its olives, Il Corno produces one of the finest extra virgin olive oils in Tuscany.

The Tenuta Il Corno has a long, ancient tradition in cultivation of grapes and production of good wines and these activities have started in the 14th century and have been carried on with the same passion. With the passing of time, the winery has selected autochthones grape varieties, which produce high quality Tuscan wines, such as the Colorino del Corno or the Malvasia di Santa Lucia used for the typical Tuscan dessert wine called Vin Santo, or several clones of original Tuscan Sangiovese grapes. This selection of clones is possible thanks to  "own roots plants", over 300 years old. At Il Corno the technological production is improved but really believing in "Culture" of Tuscan territory.

As for wine, the tradition of producing olive oil has very ancient roots. The oil mills –frantoio - and jar rooms – orciaia - have been used since the 15th century and they have always been appreciated for their production quality. Throughout the centuries the cultivar of the "Leccino del Corno" (olive variety) has been consolidated and, together with other typically Tuscan varieties (Correggiolo, Frantoio, Moraiolo, Pendolino and Leccino), produces an excellent and high quality extra virgin olive oil. Olive grinding is still made with cold pressing process. In the last ten years, this extra vergin olive oil got a lot of recognitions, such as the gold medal of Ercole Olivario, one of the most important national competitions.