FATTORIA PETROLO is placed in the “Colli Aretini”, a historical area bordering the Chianti hills, delimited in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de’ Medici as a particularly valuable land for wine and olive oil. Petrolo was part of the old medieval fiefdom of “Galatrona”, place of extreme natural beauty and archaeological and historical importance.The Tower of Galatrona raised on top of Roman foundations, stands-out restored from the remains of a medieval castle, dominating the hills covered in spontaneous vegetations of oak, chestnuts, holm-oaks, strawberry trees, ferns and hollies, surrounded by olives and vineyards.
In this scenary, the Pieve di Galatrona, an old romanic parish Church, can be found, which contains precious works by Della Robbia.
Petrolo covers 272 hectares, including 31 ha of specialized vineyards, 18 ha of olive groves and the remaining area of woods and arable land located at an altitude between 250 m and 400 m, where the soil consists of rocky stratifications of galestro.
The winery was bought by the Bazzocchi family in the 40s and since the end of the 80s the current owner Lucia Bazzocchi Sanjust joined by her son Luca Sanjust, has changed the production aims and methods to concentrate exclusively on results of the highest quality.
Loc. Petrolo, 30 Mercatale Valdarno – Bucine (Arezzo)
Petrolo has around 4500 plants of Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo varieties. The olive groves are cultivated using 2 different methods: 16 ha are placed on old terracing, many secular, using the vaso cespugliato cultivation method while 2 ha, after the 1985 freeze, were reconstituted with a new irrigated monocono cultivation.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Petrolo is placed in an area full of charm and history with unique landscapes, under the medieval “Torrione” and next to the old romanesque parish Church of Galatrona with valuable works by Della Robbia. The Winery gives its historical Villa from 1700 and 3 independent farmhouses recently restored with swimming-pool, for charming vacations.
– Villa Petrolo: 33 guests max in 16 bedrooms. It was Massimiliano Soldani, architect sculptor and medalist for the Medici, who built the Villa at the beginning of the 1700 as his own residence. The Villa has a large private park, swimming pool and Tennis grounds surrounded by secular cypresses.
On request our family cooks can prepare for you some lovely and tasty Tuscan dishes in full or half-board.
– Costa: for 8 guests in 4 bedrooms all en-suite. It’s a cottage offering swimming-pool and private garden with terrace with breathtaking views.
– Vigna & Feriale I: 2 farmhouses for 10 people each with private garden and swimming-pool.
– Feriale II: the smallest of our apartments. Is for 4 people, also with private garden and swimming-pool.
Being winery, to our guests we offer free tours of our cellars and to the medieval Tower of Galatrona, landmark and symbol of the estate and it’s wines.