My name is Ugo Contini Bonacossi and in 2011 I made the change I dreamed of.
I chose to leave the hills of Carmignano where I had grown up and trained to move to Roccalbegna (GR), a typical medieval town of the Tuscan Maremma at the foot of Mount Amiata.
Here I began my activities as an agricultural entrepreneur, putting in to practice the concepts studied during my three-year degree in viticulture and oenology at the University of Florence School of Agriculture.
With the purchase of around five hectares of uncultivated land in the Roccalbegna countryside my adventure was underway. My first task in bringing this land back to cultivation was to clean up the vegetation that had invaded the fields following decades of neglect.
Producing beer was my first venture.
Created in part just for fun, BRÓC – Tuscan agricultural beer – is gaining ground in the craft beer market. It is an original, very drinkable beer with a bold taste that sets it apart from other beers on the Italian brewing scene.
Beer is not my only interest, however. In 2013 I planted around three hectares of vines with native Tuscan varieties that are finally ready for the production of red and white wine – quality wines obtained from organically and biodynamically grown grapes.
It is this method of production that I have followed from the outset as a natural consequence of the love and respect that I hold for our Earth.
Another activity on the estate is the production of natural honey, which is carried out without the use of chemical products following the principles of ‘permapiculture’, an innovative method of beekeeping devised by the Argentinean Oscar Perone.
Numerous projects and ideas still waiting to be developed are the result of my constant focus on my values coupled with my awareness of the great opportunities that our land still has to offer.
Dr. Ugo Contini Bonacossi