The resort is located in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Chianti area, the Val d’Elsa, just a stone’s throw from principle art cities (16 miles from Florence and 19 miles from Siena).
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
My family brought the estate in 1977. at the beginning it was my family country get away from the city. We started to produce Chianti wine and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Step by step we increased the production and the quality of these products. In 2000 we decided to restore part of the estate; ancient Tuscan houses, a barn and a stable were restructured and converted in nice, comfortable and modern apartments. In 2003 after a big work we opened M17979. I have been running M17979 from the beginning and now I am more and more involved also in the wine business. Nowadays M17979 has also a Cooking School inside and we organize tasting of wine and Extra-Virgin Olive oil weekly
2. What is your company's mission?
The company's mission is to transfer to our guests the passion for Tuscany and for its Way of Life. Go slow, appreciate the beauty around us. The quite, the life.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Making our guests happy!
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
I studied Political Science at the university to became a Diplomat. After the degree I was quite certain it wasn’t for me. I started to organize customized tours in Tuscany for American clients; I was in charge of their trip to Tuscany, excursions, wine tasting, etc. I loved it! By the way I was offered the possibility to run M17979, my family estate, and I was ready to do it. Having people from all around the world, transmit them my love for Tuscany and Tuscan food and culture makes me happy every day of my life.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Cooking class + stay. People love to learn how to cook in a genuine way, not too complicated. They are curious to know about Olive Oil, Wine, out food tradition and they are amazed that we eat well and we are not fat!
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
They want to come back!