The ancient Castel Pietraio is now the home of the Fattoria di Castel Pietraio. This winery is part of the "District of the Montagnola Senese", located at the foot of Monte Maggio, and in addition to Sangiovese, wines are produced from Merlot and Chardonnay grapes.
History of Castel Pietraio
At the end of the 10 C, nearby Strove and Staggia were under the rule of the Countess Ava
Lambardi, a descendent of a noble Longobard family, whose sarcophagus is still on view in the right aisle of the abbey
at Abbadia a Isola. The countess Ava and her husband Ildebrando had two
sons, Tegrimo, who married Sindrada, and Berizio, who founded Poggio Berizio, now
Poggibonsi. In the
12 C, the Castle belonged to the Soarzi and in the 13 C to Ginibaldo Saracini, Sapia Salvani's husband. She was the daughter of a noble and powerful
Siennese family and she is referred to in Dante's Purgatory. In the 15
C, Castel Pietraio was under the rule of the Capacci, another noble Siennese family coming from Monteagutolo del Bosco, whose coat of arms
included a boar's head. This was carved as ornament on the stones of the floors and of the portals of the castle, and is still
visible in part.
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