The Villa of Torre a Cona and its surrounding buildings have lived through many centuries and gone through various events, as clearly shown by the complexity their architecture. While historians have documented that the oldest Tower of the Estate existed as a military fortification known as ”Torri a Quona” already in 1066 AD, the current Villa and its typically florentine façade were built in the 1700’s by the Marquis Rinuccini family, who took over the original castle already in the 14th Century. Thanks to its unique position a few miles south of Florence, the Estate served as a German Army headquarter during WW2, but it was spared the heavy bombing of the Allies as it housed several masterpieces from Michelangelo and Donatello in its cellars. In the Summer of 1944 it was taken by the British Army, who turned it into an hospital, before eventually returning it to the Rossi di Montelera Family.
The Rossi di Montelera re-took possession of the Estate in the ‘50s and gradually restored the Villa in what is it today a marvelous Farm and Resort. Niccolo’ Rossi di Montelera spearheaded the new winemaking project, focusing his efforts on establishing sustainable farming practices, restoring the old Castle’s cellars and renewing his commitment to native grapes like Sangiovese and Colorino Valdarno. His first new vintages were released in 2013, and since then Torre a Cona has become a rising star in Tuscan winemaking. A Piemontese/Val d’Aosta team (Beppe Caviola-Federico Curtaz) oversees vineyard management and winemaking, both based on the most traditional and respectful methods, delivering wines of ultimate elegance and grace, varietal pureness and complexity.