Longaia is a boutique winery in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. We make a modest amount of Pinot Noir wine from our organic estate grown grapes.
The word 'Longaia' came from the first aerial photograph we could find of our property. The black and white image taken in 1954 was from the agriculture department in the region of Tuscany. When we looked at the proposed site for the vineyard on this old photograph, we found the word LONGAIA scrawled across the field where we wanted to plant the vineyard. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had the name of the future winery. It is not an actual word in Italian that we can find, but it seems to roughly mean a long courtyard or field.
Below is a photo rendering of the planned 'Cantina' (wine making cellar), superimposed on drone photos of the site where it will be built. The fermentation tanks, barrel room, bottle aging and storage are on the the ground floor. The tasting room, kitchen and outside covered patio are on the top level. We anticipate breaking ground before the end of 2020. This is the result so far, of a ten year plan I started in 2011.
Photo Renderings of future Winery
Ground Floor: Fermentation, Barrel Ageing and Bottle Ageing
Upper Floor: Tasting Room, Kitchen, Dinning Areas and Office