History & Geography
The enviable position of the estate has strong historical roots. Indeed, the beautifully restored Tower or Torre, once a customs post on the border of the Papal States and the Republic of Florence, is a glimpse into 13th century history and forms the jaw dropping focal point of the estate. Neena and Mike Rees purchased Torre Bisenzio Estate in 2003, when it was in a state of complete ruin. It has been passionately restored to its original grandeur combining the best of local materials with modern design and technology. Part of the rebuild included investment into farm buildings raising the indigenous Chianina cows, together with 5 hectares of vineyards, 6 hectares of olive groves (650 trees) and an in-house winery. Originally ocean-floor from the mid Pliocene period (5.3 to 2.6 million years ago), it comprises sedimentary clay, gravel sands and alluvial silt with marine fossils (sea shells and oysters).