Farm

The Poggiovalle Estate stretches over about 1.000 hectares, throughout the towns of Città della Pieve and Fabro.  It has varied altitudes:  from the medium- high hill in Fabro, - with its about 280 hectares of Turkey oak and oak forests, and about 320 hectares of meadows and pastures, to the 340 hectares of flatland in the town of Città della Pieve. 

The estate ‘hosts’ various farmhouses dating back to sharecropping times, two hamlets used as a country house, and a farming area with stables, cereal and feed storage. In addition, numerous farm roads well connect the entire area.

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Sheep

In terms of  livestock,   a small group of Apennine sheep - an Italian breed native to the provinces of Arezzo, Siena, Grosseto, Perugia and Terni-  are bred, which adapt well to unfavorable climates and terrains.

Once used to get three different ‘products’  (milk, meat, wool), today the Apennine sheep are bred only for their meat, with  lambs weighing up to 20kg at only 49-50 days old, as well as for their coarse wool (used for mattresses).  

The current Apennine breed is different  from the one originally selected,  as it has been developed to improve the quality and quantity of the meat, by cross breeding them with other Italian breeds, such as Bergamasca,  or French ones as the Ile de France.

Bovines

The Friesian breed originates from the Dutch region of Frisia. From its origins, the exterior aesthetics of these bovines have always been harmonious and vigorous, with good transverse diameters and an excellent abdominal capacity. They have a wild and nervous temperament. One of the characteristics of this breed is their black and white spotting. The Friesian cow is especially breed for milk production.
The Chianina is one of the oldest and most important Italian bovine breeds and gets its name from the area where it was first bred: Valdichiana. Some speculations about its origin say that the breed is native to this area, or at least has been there since as long as anyone can remember.
The Chianina has been known and appreciated since ancient times, from Etruscans and Romans.
The Maremmana bovine breed seems to have settled in Italy from Eastern Europe steppes in the 5th century, with the invasion of the barbarians. They were then crossbred with the local livestock, which created various breeds, one of which allocated in Maremma. The Maremmana cow has strong rustic characteristics, one of them being the ability to graze on arid land in any season, by taking advantage of food that other breeds are not able to eat, making them extremely economic to maintain. The Maremmana is also very resistant against droughts, predators and parasites. The main characteristic of the Maremmana is their long horns, which can measure up to 1 meter in length.

At Poggiovalle, about 200 Chianina and Maremmana cows, graze in the 350 hectares of meadows and grass during the spring and summer months. Calves are then born from natural insemination, which is guaranteed by introducing 10 bulls into groups of females. During winter months, the big stable that is about 300 meters long and 90 meters wide houses all of the livestock.
Male calves and females that cannot be used as milk cows, are separated at 8-9 months of age and fattened up until about 20-22 months. Once butchered, the meat is sold under the IGP VITELLONE BIANCO DELL’ITALIA CENTRALE (Italian white veal) brand
The livestock is raised on farm hay and corn, under the strict industry supply chain controls.

Horses

The Maremmano horse is bred at Poggiovalle. The origins of this horse cannot be traced back. However, the first sightings of herds of horses along the Tyrrhenian coast date back to Etruscan times.

Versatile and reliable, this animal is the perfect companion for Italian cowboys (‘ Butteri’)  herding cattle.  In addition to being an athletic horse, able to achieve very good results in horse-races, today, the Maremmano horse is a saddle horse, that can be used for many different activities. It is great for both recreational riding, trekking and walks, as well as sport riding, where it can compete with domestic breeds.

At Poggiovalle, the Maremmano horse has always been used to herd livestock inside the farm. 

The crowning glory of our bloodline is the stallion “Diavolo” (offspring of Oceano della Trappola), a great stallion whose foals have won various jumping and work riding races.    

Agriculture

About 340 hectares of plains and low hills are cultivated according to the centuries-old practice of agricultural rotation, guaranteeing all of the feed, corn and barley for the livestock, such as: alfalfa, corn silage, sorghum, triticale, wheat, and sunflowers.
The farm has chosen to follow the agro- environmental measures set by European rural development plans, aimed at reducing fertilizers and pesticides, and therefore creating a more sustainable way of farming.
This consists of utilizing the fertilizer produced by livestock in an efficient and virtuous way, returning it back to where it originally came from, thus, completing the natural lifecycle.

Hunting

The hunting reserve of the Poggiovalle estate was inaugurated in 1986, resulting from careful and aware management, aimed at creating and preserving the faunal patrimony.

The reserve is targeted at exclusive and reserved hunters, thus following in the true spirit of its environmental sustainability philosophy, which has always characterized the farm’s decision making.

The hunters and their guests may use the apartments and small villas of the Country-House, equipped with pools, sport equipment and a restaurant. The “Villa”, with its high- level hospitality, can also be made available in case of special needs.

The Poggiovalle staff is at your disposal for any further information and for guided tours of the estate.  


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