THE HEART OF TUSCANY
Nestled in the heart of Tuscany is Villa Saletta - an historic estate with a rich agricultural heritage and home to a modern, boutique winery owned by Julia and Guy Hands, the founders of Hand Picked Hotels.
The rolling Tuscan hills, a medieval borgo village and ancient farmhouses all bear witness to centuries of transformation. Today, three lovingly renovated villas offer guests an opportunity to experience a deeper connection with the history and landscape of the Villa Saletta estate.
"Villa Saletta carries an incredible legacy of traditional winemaking. My family acquired the estate in 2000 and I am proud of the elegant, award-winning wines we create today.
I am delighted that our guests in the UK and the Channel Islands can enjoy Villa Saletta wines exclusively at our Hand Picked Hotels."
JULIA HANDS CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER HAND PICKED HOTELS
INNOVATION & TRADITION
We work with the land, enriching the soil with the help of the right technology, so that it has everything it needs to flourish. The harvest is the moment of truth.
The highest quality grapes are selected twice by hand: first immediately after picking and then after the de-stemming, berry by berry, in order to ensure that only fully ripe berries go into our wines.
GENERAL MANAGER & HEAD WINEMAKER
GROUNDED BY HERITAGE
The roots of Villa Saletta span centuries, owned by four families throughout its history. Supporting biodiversity across the estate is a key focus and therefore much of the landscape is given over to mixed agricultural use.
We are striving to restore an incredible heritage as a working fattoria, producing the finest raw ingredients Tuscany offers.
Hospitality is at the centre of Villa Saletta. Our guests are invited to stay in one of three meticulously renovated villas, all of which remain true to their past with traditional terracotta tiled floors laid in typical Etruscan patterns, painted window shutters and vaulted ceilings.
Explore the 1,760-acre estate through hiking forest trails and wandering the peaceful vineyards.
The Villa Saletta estate produces a range of phenomenal wines, some of which are archetypal examples of the Tuscan style, others which, by virtue of technique, are more reminiscent of the finest Bordeaux crus, but with an unmistakable Italian flair.
Our wines are aged for at least 24 months, with testing and tasting taking place throughout the ageing cycle.
The tension and balance this wine holds is extraordinary and is a dream pairing for the style of food Hand Picked Hotels is renowned for.
The Villa Seletta elegant clarity reflects our restaurant’s sustainable and seasonal ethos, as well as showcase our creative ambition and quest for captivating harmony in the same way Villa Seletta is renowned for.