About Villa Branca
Located in the heart of Chianti Classico 25 km from Florence and 40 km from Siena, the Villa Branca estate is a pleasant place to stay immersed in nature and the lifestyle of a farm.
“A 14th century estate in Mercatale Val di Pesa, surrounded by chestnut forests and kilometers of vineyards and olive groves laid out in a magical landscape between Florence, Siena and Arezzo. This is the scene that surrounds Villa Branca, a charming farm stay…” [...]
source: Gulliver - 09/2002
We were happy to stay at Villa Branca in the summer of 2007.
We found on the internet a fabulous website (This website was online i think till 2010), opening with the allegro of the water music suite of Haendel, really according to the beauty of this place. This was realy impressing!
"TRA LA TERRA - ED IL CIELO - VILLA BRANCA - WELCOME"
Even more impressed we were when we visited the place!
From the swimming pool, you have a panoramic view over the typical Tuscany landscape.
Villa Branca has become: "L'Agriturismo Tenuta Branca".
You can find more information on the website of Tenuta Branca
Agriturismo Tenuta Branca
Via di Novoli, 10/c Mercatale Val di Pesa,
San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Firenze
Since September 2015 you can make reservations on Booking.com
The visit of the Cellar of Villa Branca
The Branca Family is very known for the Fernet Branca, a bitter herbal liqueur, made from 27 herbs and other ingredients. Bernardino Branca invented the Fernet-Branca bitter in Milan, Italy, in 1845. The brand soon thereafter gained popularity, leading to the founding of the Fratelli Branca Distillery. 
In the wine cellar, we could admire all kinds of Chianti wines of Villa Branca, and received information about how the wines were produced. There was also a part of the wine production reserved for the production of 'Kosher wine'.
From the book: "The Italian Wine Guide"
Chianti Classico is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established viticultural area. The term classico is used in this way in several Italian wine regions (Orvieto and Valpolicella, for example), although Chianti is almost certainly the most famous example. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines, but also to the classico zone’s iconic Tuscan landscape and winemaking traditions. The typical Chianti Classico wine is a ruby-red, Sangiovese-based wine with aromas of violets and cherries and a hint of earthy spice.
We also discovered the Pilucco wine, vendemmia tardiva, an exceptional dessert wine from Tuscany.