Situated in the Chianti Rufina territory in the foothills above the Arno River is the family run Castle Estate of Anna Baj Macario. The Trebbio Castle was built in 1184 by the Pazzi Family. The Pazzi family are better known for their failed attempt to rid of the Medici during a mass at the Cathedral of Florence.
Anna’s father Count Baj Macario bought the estate in 1968 as a gift to his very young Austrian wife whom he met between the Italian Austrian Border. Anna’s Mother Eugenie Spiegel was in her early 20’s, count Baj Macario a widower was in his 60’s. They fell in love and married within weeks. Over the next six years they had five children. They decided to move to the Estate full time and began producing wine and olive oil.
At the age of 82 Count Macario passed away and his wife was killed in a car accident soon after at the age of 43. Anna decided to keep the castle and carry on her family’s business. Together with her husband and three children they run the Olive Oil and wine estate that includes 359 hectares of land containing 50 hectares of vineyards and 10,000 olive trees.
The Estate includes their private home an agriturismo with holiday rental villas and cottages, a fantastic restaurant where you can taste local seasonal fair. The Tour of the Estate includes a visit in to their private home the 40 room Castle where you can see the sala where the famous ‘Pazzi Conspiracy’ took place, the underground cellars with antique olive oil containers called ‘orcia’, dungeons and wine cellars.