Vineyards encircle the house, and each guest room is named for a local grape.
Via della Volpaia
Radda in Chianti, Italy 53017
- Podere Terreno website
About this Hotel
Price From $231
Roberto Melosi left a career at London's Savoy to become chef and host of an agriturismoan inn on a working farm in Italy. His Paris-born wife, Marie-Sylvie Haniez, who had owned a modern art gallery in Florence, decided the only way to run an agriturismo was to share communal dinners with their guests.
Together, they manage a restored 16th-century farmhouse, which has seven country-comfy rooms furnished with a hodgepodge of painted metal bedsteads, carved wood vanities, and worn terra-cotta floors.
Credit for the vineyard's light, organic Chianti Classico goes to Marie-Sylvie's adult son, Pier Francesco, who gave up dirt bike racing to study viticulture and enology.
Wine obviously means a lot to the family: Vineyards encircle the house, and each guest room is named for a local grape. Malvasia, Trebbiano, Vernaccia, and Ciliegiolo are all on the east side of the house, which has the best vineyard views.
In summer, guests enjoy three-hour family-style dinners on the patio that may include lasagne, steaks, and stuffed tomatoes.
On cooler days, dinner moves inside to a common room, where copper pots dangle from thick wood beams and the stone walls are decorated with oil paintings and ceramics.
The room's seven-foot fireplace, which dates back to the 14th century, is surrounded by armchairs.
There's also a wine-tasting cantina and a tiny spa with a Jacuzzi and massage table.
Includes breakfast and dinner.