At our Restaurant La Torre di Gargonza we serve food mostly chosen from local producers and our vegetables (when available) are directly from our vegetable garden next to the restaurant.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The medieval village of Gargonza is surrounded by a property of 450 hectares, 7 of which are cultivated with olives. The altitude of the olives is at 300 meters a.s.l. facing south east. Main olive varietals are Frantoio, Moraiolo and Leccino. Olives are hand picked from end of October to beginning of November and within 24 hours from picking they are crushed at local Olive Mill.
Gargonza’s extra-virgin olive oil flavour is intense, elegant and has a slightly peppery taste. It’s best food pairing is with typical tuscan wood baked bread and garlic, tuscan vegetable bread soup “Ribollita” and cured meat Chianina beef.
Come and visit us during the harvest and you will experience the olive picking and enjoy a half day at the Olive Mill of Lucignano in Val di Chiana and wait for the olive oil to come out of the crushing.
Chianti Colli Aretini DOCG- Gargonsa
In Gargonza we also cultivate 2 hectares of Sangivoese and Ancillota grape variety. These typical tuscan grape, for tuscan wine, variety give the name to Gargonsa, our Chianti Colli Aretini dry red wine. Actually the name Gargonsa has been taken from the original medieval name which is written in the ancient statutes of the fifteen century. Leonardo da Vinci in his Val di Chiana map names Castello di Gargonza as “Gargonsa” when painting it in 1502.
Inside the village, besides the products of our estate we sell cold cuts from Val di Chiana and Pecorino cheese or typical wild boar or pork ragout’s with the famous Pici or Pappardelle pasta.
In the shop you will also find some souvenirs related to Gargonza and the history behind the renaissance of a tuscan village.