Trip Start Aug 28, 2007
23Trip End Dec 16, 2007
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At the beginning of our tour we were told the whole story of the Pazzi family. The Pazzi family were a proud family of Bankers, much like Medici family; however, you never heard about them really because they were second fiddle to the Medicis. Because of this, the Pazzi family decided to come together at a meeting in the castle, in a room called the "Conspiracy Room" which we actually stood in, and plotted the an assassination of the two head Medici family members (Lorenzo and Giovanni). The Medici brothers knew that people were always plotting to take them down so they never stayed together or visited each other, but they didn't know about the Pazzi's plan (now called the "Pazzi Conspiracy")
So anyways, enough about slaughtering! The castle is now owned by a woman who had continued her family tradition of harvesting wine and olive oil. We went down into the cellar where there were HUGE cedar barrels of wine that were aging. Bottles of wine covered with dust were piled up in stacks along walls, in the center of rooms, so much wine! Then we went into the dungeon, where they create extra virgin olive oil. They explained to us that the longer the olives stay on the tree, the more acidic the olive oil will be (which is actually not good for you if you have a lot of it). Some distributors wait longer in the season so the olives grow larger and they can create 4 bottles of oil off of one tree. But at Castle of Trebbio, they actually pick their olives in mid October (where others start in late November), the olives are at .20% acidity (compared to those who wait til November or December that are .60-.80% acidic) but picking so early the olives don't get to grow as big and they can only get one bottle per tree. So they have 10,000 olive trees in their grove, and can only make 10,000 bottles of extra virgin olive oil (which is breaking even for them).
The wine on the other hand, they make a lot of money off of. They have two types of Chianti that they make, mainly because they're on top of a large, large hill so the grapes on each side of the hill get treated differently (one's more in shade - north-eastern sun, and one's more in the sun - south-western sun)
Then we went on a walk through the vineyards and olive groves. I picked a bunch of grapes and ate them on the way up the hill (we were allowed one bunch - so Serana said). Walking through there was so beautiful! I have so many pictures from the vineyard and the castle rose garden. They turned out really well actually!
The family also rents out their farmhouses (they have refurbished them) that are all over the estate. People can take summer and winter vacations there and actually enroll in the following: wine tastings, wine tours, Italian language classes, Italian cooking classes, etc.
I hope you all enjoy my pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them! (I need to upload them soon, sorry!)
Miss you all! Ciao!