NEW YORK -- Italy's Marchesi Antinori winery opened new visitor
accommodations at its vineyards halfway between Florence and Siena,
and will pay agents 15% commission.
The Fonte de Medici, a quarter of a mile from the Tuscan village
of Santa Maria a Macerata, consists of two small Renaissance
estates known as poderi:Podere Tignanello is a large stone farmhouse with seven
apartments that can accommodate from two to six people.
Apartments all have separate entrances, and although they retain
their original ceiling beams and terra-cotta floors, they have been
fully renovated with modern bathrooms, full kitchens, telephones,
heating and satellite TV.Podere Vivaio is an ancient lakeshore villa that also is
modernized, with two apartments that can accommodate two to four
In July, Fonte de Medici will add a swimming pool, tennis court
and a small cafe in the village.
The properties are in the middle of working vineyards on
Marchesi Antinori's Santa Cristina estate, where the winery has
been in operation for more than 600 years.
"While guests should not expect to visit with the Antinori
family, optional tours with tastings are available at Antinori's
Santa Cristina and Badia a Passignano vineyard estates," a
spokesman said, "and it would not be unlikely to see one or another
of the Antinoris hard at work in the vineyards."
Badia a Passignano also is the name of an ancient monastery one
mile south of the accommodations that is one of the region's
Although generally closed to the public, it can be visited by
prior arrangement on some Sunday afternoons, and it hosts public
concerts in the summer months.
Rates for renting the Fonte de Medici apartments range from
about $572 to $660 a week for the smallest unit with two beds to
$1,716 to $2,024 for the largest with six beds, depending on the
For information and reservations, visit the Web site at www.fontedemedici.com, e-mail: [email protected] or contact manager Gilberto
Nori at (011) 39-0348 397-9600, fax: (011) 39-055 821-8285.