Horse breeding Since
the early 90ies the horse breeding station Podere Palazzone raises
Hanoverian sport horses with infinite passion. Hanoverians are the
horses we all admire at the major competitions in show jumping,
dressage and eventing. Since a decade the Hanoverian stud book
leads the rating list of WBFSH, the worldwide federation of
sport horse stud books. In addition to their
performance in sports, typical Hanoverians' properties are: high rideability, gentleness, mental balance and...
We breed a jumping line based on mares that carry the precious
genes of the stallions Grannus and Pilot. For the pairing we select
above all important Holstein champions, actually those
of the Stamm 4965 such as Clinton I, Clinton II and Cantoblanco. At
the origin of our dressage line there is the most modern stallion Lauries Crusador
xx, nominated stallion of the year
2007, that we cross with leading Hanoverian dressage stallions
namely Don Frederico and De Niro.
Our horses enjoy extensive pastures, partially integrated in olive-yards
and forests, where they grow up naturally in the herd.
Olive oil The climatic conditions and
the properties of the soil in the Tuscan hills are one of the best
worldwide for olive oil production. Our trees are of the species leccino, frantoio, pendolino
and moraiolo, raised in polyconinc form with four branches. Some of
them are secular, while the majority is between 25 and 35 years old.
Looping occurs in late winter. The only fertilizer we use is horse
dung and we refrain from using any kind of chemical pesticide.
The olive pulp is made of numerous alveolus which contain the oil,
immerged in the vegetation water. In order to avoid mixing these two
substances, which would result in a deterioration process and
finally in rancidity, picking is done exclusively by hand. Olives
are carefully stored in flat aired boxes and brought to oil mill within 48
hours. We anticipate the harvest to October for gathering an
oil with enhanced organoleptic properties, even though this
causes a lower yield.
We are proud of producing one of the olive oils with the lowest
acidity, characterised by a strong personality, green to yellowish,
fruity, with a slightly bitterish note and an intense olive perfume.
Wine The grapes we
grow are mostly Sangiovese, followed by Trebbiano, according to the
rules of production of Chianti wine. The vineyard is located on the
top of a hill, close to the manège, where it enjoys a favourable
microclimate and an ideal exposure to sunbeams. The continuous
breeze helps to limit the risk of pathogenic infections so that we
can reduce treatments to a minimum. Plants are naturally provided
with water during the whole vegetation period thanks to our
vineyard's semi-clayey soil. This results in a compact pulp of the
vigorous healthy grapes with a high contents of sugar.
Grape harvest is a festival at the Podere Palazzone. What an
excitement, after a season of hard land-work, assembling
the old wooden wine press with the mechanic lever! All processes
from pressing to bottling are made in-house, applying all our passion.
Our red wine is not as noble as the great Chianti and similar wines,
but it is a perfect expression of nature, being subject to no
manipulation at all. What you will taste is only pure grapes, sun
and the flavour of the soil of Tuscany.
Vegetables, aromatic herbs,
fruits Do you remember the taste of real tomatoes, those picked
up at the right moment, red, tasty, juicy and with the perfume of grass and humid soil?
Such tomatoes grow in our
orchard, without any chemical treatment and watered by
the ancient well near the farmhouse. We cultivate baccelli (green
beans), irresistibles for any true Tuscan, artichokes of the species Spinoso Sardo, for eating raw and for conserves in olive oil, and
those of the species Violetto di Toscana for cooking and baking. We
grow potatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, garlic and
Our herbarium includes twelve kinds of wild herbs such as rosemary,
fennel-grass and mint, as well as cultivated herbs like basil, sage,
thyme and marjoram.
Nothing is more exciting than sitting on the branch of a fig-tree,
enjoying fresh figs, a fruit appreciated already in roman times. In
addition we grow apricots, cherries, almonds, medlars and kaki.
The Podere Palazzone
is a small sized family driven farm in Tuscany, at Pomarance near
Volterra. Farming activities
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- breeding of high quality Hanoverian sport horses
- production of extra-virgin olive oil
- production of red wine
- production of vegetables, fruits and aromatic herbs
Are you interested in touching Italy's agriculture with your
own hands during holiday? You are welcome to share with us some
moments of rural life, such as looping of olive trees, olive picking and
grape harvest. At our farmhouse you may assist to the education of a young horse,
watch a foal birth, practice horse riding or participate at grooming
and the daily activities in the stable.