Vignamaggio
Vignamaggio
4.5
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Vignamaggio reached its maximum glory around the middle of the XVII century and belonged to the Gherardini family until the 1886. After being owned by the family of Gherardini it was purchased in 1925 by Countess Elena Sanminiatelli; her family restored the Italian gardens and the Villa. Since 1998 the new owners have started the restructuring of the vineyards and cellars, further improving the quality levels of the farm products.
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ANew Start251 (Tobias)
California22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Due to the pandemic, it has been a while since we took any significant trips. We decided to start things off again with a trip to a place we have been before, and loved. 10 years ago this hotel was a fantastic and excellent place to stay. But those 10 years have not aged the business well. We showed up to the hotel expecting the wonderful and excellent hotel that had previously been an idyllic country stay with simple but nice accommodations as well as wonderful food. We arrived to find that location under construction and abandoned. We discovered that the beautiful hotel with its Vineyards and gardens had been abandoned for a cheap and unfortunate location at the center of a nearby village. We headed to the new location looking for answers.

The hotel had previously been a beautiful place, with simple but nice rooms in the countryside. The hotel is now a low quality place in the middle of the town. All charm has been gotten rid of and it is clearly only interested in booking as many people as cheaply (for the hotel) as possible. The hotel website still says “Escape the city and enjoy la dolce vita: book your stay in the heart of Chianti.” The hotel is not an escape of the city. The website further describes the hotel as “Nestled between forests and streams on the Chianti hills”. This characterization of the hotel is a lie. They are either deliberately misleading people regarding the location of the hotel or deliberately not correcting an obvious mischaracterization. To cap it off the hotel website uses pictures of the previous hotel as part of their scam. The hotel has been reduced to a glorified motel or motor lodge.

We entered the new and awful Vignamaggio and spoke to the receptionist Giovanni who lamented to us the sad tale of Vignamaggio’s decline. The hotel had been bought out by a South African women and is now undergoing changes. While Giovanni did recount to us this story, he could not answer simple questions about the hotel such as “when did it move to this location?” and “how many locations does this hotel currently have?” and “does this hotel still have a tasting room?”

Giovanni was working under the strict supervision of the scheming “director” Eric Verolieneulen. As we no longer wanted to stay a full week at this new and vitiated Vignammagio we wanted a refund for our later days at the hotel. Giovanni was not empowered to give us our discount, and had to get in contact with Eric the Director in order to do that. Giovanni repeatedly tried to get in contact with Eric to no success. He finally was able to get him on the phone some hours later (very late at night). The situation was explained, but the cancellation of the charges were denied. We wanted to speak to Eric ourselves, but Eric repeatedly refused to talk to us on the phone. Apparently being the “Director” means being able to hide behind your employees and ignore legitimate queries.

Below I have added the full text of the “about us” lie from the website

“Nestled between forests and streams on the Chianti hills, Vignamaggio is an organic farm with a historic wine cellar that has been in operation since 1404. The estate sprawls over more than 400 hectares, with vineyards, vegetable and ornamental gardens and a taste of la dolce vita for anyone who desires it.”

This hotel is no longer any of these things
Written December 22, 2022
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Maggie B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We have just returned from our daughters wedding at Vignamaggio , first one to be held there following extensive renovations. The whole experience was simply magical. The staff there could not have done more to create the most perfect setting in the most beautiful Chianti countryside. The historic villa has been restored with the purest respect- the attention to every detail just perfect. The guest rooms are elegant and comfortable, and the welcome given and the courtesy and kindness shown to all the guests, family and friends by the whole team throughout our three day stay, just could not be bettered. The landscaped grounds, from the rose garden, to the orchards, the gorgeous swimming pool and the fantastic firework display at the end of the wedding day made those three days simply unforgettable.
Written August 30, 2022
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Departure17383365642
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Beyond words!!!….. the history alone is incredible not to mention the location, food, wine and accommodations.
Written August 20, 2022
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CK
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Agree completely with JK’s review. This used to be an unpretentious but chic pale pink historical farmhouse/Villa with minimalist white plaster rooms and old large windows with gorgeous dark oiled wood shutters and endless views. Art was matted in tan linen paper. So zen. The new website implies you will likely be exiled to their distant isolated spots and since the Villa is under renovation. You will also note that in most Agro EU tourist sites, the staff is minimal and just change hats to sell, tour, or serve your meal. The wine cellar was never much and now you must go in town to buy it .Not special. When we went it was a night watchmen to open the Villa door and one young lady to go into Grieve to buy the pastries for breakfast. They gave us bottles free to take. The grounds are incredible, but the tone now is the place invented food - and you must pay to stay and watch it grow. If you speak the language, they are nonplussed. My guess is it’s part of the trend to turn Tuscany into another foreigner wedding destination that now dominates the Amalfi coast.
Written March 12, 2022
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J K
Greensboro, NC24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Villa Vignamaggio is a very old estate, south of Florence, a few miles from Piazza Matteotti in Greve. In recent years, in addition to the properties of the main estate, the management has added other properties further afield, including a hotel in Panzano, La Pensione, (about five miles south of the Villa, as well as Montagliari (about midway between Greve and Panzano) and yet another property, Case al Prato, a few miles away. In the past few years, they have closed portions of Il Cenobia and Casolese for "improvement," and guests are directed to these newer properties.

Understand, growth is fine and each of these newer properties is fine in its own way. But...someone, somewhere, decided to tamper with the original rooms in Il Cenobia, and frankly I feel they now have stripped it off its charm, character, and simplicity, and tarted up all the rooms so now they have lost their historic feel. Instead, they look like the product of a restaurant designer who wanted to suggest "Florence" and hence, "Tuscany," so every room sports a wall sized graphic rendition of the Duomo in Florence and the surrounding streets. And the calm, serene retreat that had been the individual rooms or suites now all look and feel the same-- and that look is busy and tarted up. Where once the walls had all been bare white with minimal artwork for decoration, now each and every room is dominated by this huge graphic that screams "look at me." Worse-- all the original ceilings and massive wooden logs supporting the brick and wooden ceilings have been painted an antiseptic white, so they now look like a hospital operating theater.
This is a travesty so egregious that those responsible should be punished by the requirement that they strip all this paint off each of the rooms and restore them to their original, historic state.
I loved Vignamaggio...once. It was my favorite place in Italy, and felt so special to me, that I seldom divulged its name or location, lest others find themselves disappointed and wonder at all my superlative. Alas, the "new, improved" (?) Vignamaggio is NOT that, at least in my eyes. The prices have risen, they are aiming at a more elite clientele, their services and offerings have been greatly expanded-- and in the process, they have trampled all over what made Vignamaggio special. I'll never stay there again, but I will drive up Via Petriolo to enjoy the view of the vineyards sprawling up and down the hills, the recall other drives up this winding road lined with ancient olive trees. But then the approach to the villa shifts, as the road is suddenly lined by trimmed box hedges, as if to say, below are farmers, but up here, by the villa, well here things are not rustic, here it is all manicured. And if that's what you want, I guess you've come to the right place. No doubt soon there will be valets to assist with the car park and insure you never have to touch your luggage.
I am incredibly saddened by what has been done here. Villa Vignamaggio has lost its soul. And its uniqueness.
[N.B. Date of visit is wrong,but TA menu didn't allow for dates earlier than 9/2020]
Written August 20, 2021
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HyMaryland
Rockville, MD132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We booked a winery tour and tasting . Breathtaking views. Excellent service. Tasting had delicious charcuterie. We eyeballed our neighboring tables as lunch looked delicious! Buy the wine at the wine shop as the selection is excellent or buy from their store in Greve. We could not find what we were looking for at their hotel in Panzano, and our stay at that hotel was excellent.
Written April 12, 2020
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Linda15
Petoskey, MI140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Upon recommendation from a family friend who lives in Italy, we visited Vignamaggio vineyard for a winery tour, tasting and lunch. Our guide was informative and of course, charming. The olive oil produced here is spectacular. The lunch was outdoors under a covered patio with linens and 4 artfully presented courses paired with wine tastings. Such a lovely place with incredible views. A delightful experience. So glad we didn’t miss this!
Written October 18, 2019
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ellenbutchart
Staunton, VA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
We had a lovely visit. Accommodations were beautiful, breakfast was fantastic. Bring your bathing suit if weather is warm. Site of winery, spa, hotel on grounds. It would be a gorgeous spot for a destination wedding. Thank you Davide and Sara for the care and service!
Written October 4, 2019
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Ina E
50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
We did not book beforehand and came here to have some lunch. However, we enquirer about a tour and got lucky to get into one starting in 20 minutes. Out tour guide Samantha was very knowledgable and friendly. The property was very impressive and we enjoyed the tour, which showed us the property plus the wine cellars. The lunch was very nice and we were able to get gluten free pasta and bread! I would really recommend visiting this place as the property is lovely and the views are amazing. We also got very good service as the wine shop and bought two bottles to take home with us.
Written September 22, 2019
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LAFUN
San Diego, CA142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Our hotel recommended that we go here because it’s rumored that Monna Lisa spent summers. This was also my favorite tour we did! This tour took us around the property, gardens, and wine room. We had 4 courses - starter, first course, second course, dessert. There is no menu to choose from again, it’s all the chef’s selects. Our first course was melon with ricotta, pesto and bread chips. Our first course was pasta with veal. Then our second course (yes we were already full) was pesto potatoes with pork and tuna sauce over it. A lot of dishes also had a pickled onion too. It was a HOT humid summer day, so the dessert was perfect. We had peaches and grapes with lemon sorbet and raspberry drizzle. Our tour guide Christina was great as well! She knew so much about the property and the wines. She was also happy to answer all the questions.
Written September 19, 2019
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