When Renzo Marinai succeeded his father's farm, he turned it into one of the area’s best organic wineries, producing concentrated Chianti Classicos (available of course on Tuscanyinabottle.com.
True to tradition Renzo decided to keep growing a local variety of wheat called Senatore Cappelli.
In order to keep its integrity, the wheat which is harvested manually is subsequently stacked in the fields to dry for a couple of weeks after harvest, and then threshed in late July and sent off to a local pasta maker where it's turned into delicious pasta.
La festa della Battitura was a festive event in the Tuscan countryside of the past where the threshing culminated with a good party with lots of great local food & music. This is mainly a remnant of the past, but at Renzo Marinai the tradition is kept very much alive and is a renowned event for its uniqueness. This year we were lucky to participate and enjoyed some great wine, food & people. Here's a few photos of the day - hope you enjoy.
And remember, that we often visit the Renzo Marinai winery during our wine tours :)