“Podere Lamberto” can be found on old maps of the region. It has always been delimited by a sort of natural boundary: on the north by the old gravel road between Chianciano and Montepulciano, to the east and the west by two streams that come together in the south before flowing into the Astrone. In the subsistence economy of agriculture this was, for centuries, an area from which a large farming family could earn a respectable, autonomous income, but at the cost of considerable effort and continuous struggle against adverse conditions that include the hilly/mountainous terrain and the harsh, winter conditions (in our region an altitude of 600 m is the limit for olive trees and grape vines). Today on the other hand, it is considered to be particularly suited to the cultivation and enhancement of olive groves and vineyards. Moreover, it is an area in which the cultivation of other crops serves to maintain an equilibrium based on biodiversity and respect for the natural environment. Until a few decades ago the area was considered “disadvantaged” (according to the criteria of intensive, monocultural agriculture), whereas today it is evaluated on the basis of maintaining and safeguarding the environment and agricultural traditions. These considerations, which are at the root of our farming (and also life) choices, led us to the “organic” route, something to which we’re still firmly committed. The terrain is hilly, almost mountainous, the altitude reaches 590 m above sea level and about a third of the 20 hectares of farm property is wooded. Out of respect for the land and in order to encourage and promote product quality, vines and olive trees are grown organically and methods are used that assure excellence in the production of wine and oil. The vast clearings are planted in fodder, while the rest of our agricultural production consists of plum trees (Coscia di Monaca or “Nun’s Thighs”), a grove of hazelnut trees, various other fruit trees and a small family vegetable garden, which, in season, is able to provide not only for our table but also that of our guests. The rest of the property is parkland, which is at the disposal of guests of the farmhouse and of the main house where our family lives. A few hundred metres from the farmhouse is a small lake that we consider the natural oasis of the farm. Grey herons have inhabited the woods around the lake for many years and its not unusual to see them there early in the morning. Following the marked paths, lovers of early morning walks can watch roe deer and fawns as they come out of the woods to graze in the pasture.