Near the Reception there's a little organic shop called "Lo Spaccio". Some products are made in Barbialla Nuova, others are supplied by organic farmers nearby, who share the same passion for natural, whole, authentic, and delicious food.
ORGANIC "CHIANINA" MEAT
Chianina cattle are one of the tallest breeds in the world. Originally raised to work in the fields, only in the last century have they been bred exclusively for meat. Our herd is pasture-fed. Calves are weaned at 5 months; they are then moved to large open-air stables and fed hay and grain, all of which is grown and milled on the property. They are only given antibiotics if there is a risk of death; otherwise we rely entirely on homeopathic natural remedies. We try to avoid stressing the animals and we insist on having them sent to a local, family-run butcher. In our store you will find various delicious cuts of organic Chianina meat, though perhaps the most famous is the classic bistecca alla Fiorentina.
Resembling little potatoes or stones, the precious Tuber Magnatum Pico, the San Miniato white truffle, is hunted with dogs and dug up to special fanfare. Its strong aroma and pure, earthy taste have made it one of the most prized truffles in existence. The white truffles grow thanks to a symbiotic relationship with white poplar trees, so the health of our forests is of particular importance to us. Maintaining our truffle forests is a continuous process and includes selective culling of various trees. We sell our truffles only fresh within a few days of being found. Click here for more information.
ORGANIC OLIVE OIL
As in most of rural Italy, there have always been olive trees in Barbialla Nuova. A mix of Leccino, Moraiolo and Pendolino olives contribute to the production of an intensely fresh and slightly spicy organic olive oil. Our trees are hand pruned in late winter in the typical Tuscan tri-conic method and the fruits are hand-picked in late fall. The plants are treated only once a year with copper sulfate and fertilized with our own organic cow manure. Once picked, they are pressed under vacuum at 20°C and micro-filtered within three days. In our store, you'll find only the freshest organic olive oil from the past two years in various sizes.
Barbialla Nuova is home to the bees of Alain Mouraret, a local beekeeper known for the excellent quality of his organic products. Aside from regular beehives, he also keeps fertilization cores to produce queen bees on the property. This delicate process takes around two weeks and involves the raising and mating of the queen bees which are then transferred to Mouraret's hives throughout Tuscany. Part of the importance of the process is the continuance of the Ligustica Italiana breed, which is one of the oldest and most important breeds in the continent. On our farm there are anywhere from 50 – 130 families, depending on the season. The honey he collects, which can be found in our store, range from French Honeysuckle to Mixed Flowers to Lindenflower to Acacia. During certain times of the year, Alain also offers beekeeping classes and is available to show you around the hives and his workshop.