To experience Farmhouse Maionchi is to breathe in the past
Fattoria Maionchi is still as it once was: the setting/surrounding, the cellars, the stones, the objects speak of a past where tranquility reigns. And where wine and olive oil production is a true vocation.
In the 1600s
Fattoria Maionchi's two historic wine cellars were once for the private use of the villa's owners. Built in the 1600s, they still have all the natural characteristics to produce wine without resorting to artificial methods. They are designed so well that we use them as they are! In the largest cellar we put the red and white wines. It maintains the temperature very well, and still houses signs of ancient times including a stone structure for the storage of olive oil. The smallest cellar, on the other hand, is still the vinsantaia: here the temperature is cooler and is therefore the perfect aging environment for this particular type of wine.
In the 1700s
As documented in the Terrilogio of 1786 "An Estate of arable land, with branches, with rows of double vines, and olive trees, and other fruits, with a Palace, for the use of the Master on three floors, with basements for the Cellar, and kitchen and other vaulted basements under the Courtyard that is the Pantry, and wood store, Copparo, with two other entrances, one leading to the cellar, the other to the Well, with a courtyard garden with espaliers of lemons and vases, with pipes for watering, all enclosed by walls with a little church and its sacristy, a house for the use of salt, with a saltcellar, a storeroom and a tannery, with five rooms for the use of the salona, except for one for the use of the palace, with the same rooms for the use of the ploughs, and above the room for olives, with a kiln and a brick storehouse.
In the 1800s
Villa Bambacari becomes Villa Maionchi in the second half of the 1800s. It was purchased by Colonel Enrico Maionchi, our ancestor, who resided there during the summer. At the time, a hundred or so people still lived in the buildings of the court carrying on business as usual. Many of the relics we still keep in the Farmhouse date from this era: maps, drawings, books, objects, portraits.
In the 1900s
Around 1970 came the turning point thanks to the Colonel's great-granddaughter: Maria Pia Maionchi, our grandmother. It was she that transformed the Fattoria into a farmhouse and restaurant, continuing the historic production of wine and olive oil. The Farmhouse became a gathering place for Opera enthusiasts and professionals, also hosting events such as weddings and confirmations. In the 1980s and 1990s it experienced its heyday: the letter Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman sent as a thank you for an excellent dinner spent in tranquility, along with an order of olive oil from the Farmhouse, is historic!
When our grandmother passed away in 2007, the farm's activities slowed down for a few years. The vineyards and olive trees continued to produce, and we grandchildren, since we were kids, participated in the harvest with the whole family. We spent our childhood in this place, we have known it forever, so in 2019 we decided to take the reins of the Farm to enhance its products, its environments and its history.