The Dello Scompiglio Orchard is the most recent of the projects at the Tenuta and is justifiably included within the projects that are developing in our agricultural company. The planting was based on the old orchard which already existed, and which we renovated, keeping the old trees that were still productive.
In the selection of plants we have tried to give preference to old and local varieties, taking into account the ripening times and the characteristics of plant and fruit (such as vigour, productivity and characteristics of the fruit), not only in order to have an orchard suited to our type of climate and soil, but also to preserve our local agricultural history. Within our method of agriculture, which aims to be as non- invasive and non-aggressive to the land and the plants themselves as possible, having more rustic fruit which are therefore more resistant to fungus and pathogens, allows us to avoid treatments with products not appropriate to organic agricultural methods such as ours.
The orchard was originally composed of 25 plants of different kinds of fruit: apple, pear, plum, apricot as well as cherry, mulberry, persimmon, etc. ...
The project was expanded in April 2010 with much new planting. We also identified an area with a higher soil acidity with a view to planting woodland fruits in the future.
Some of the varieties that we have chosen are: pear "Coscia di Firenze" which has been grown for at least 100 years in our region, the "Casciana" apple, typical of the Lucca hills and the Garfagnana region, the plum "Claudia Verde", an ancient and hardy variety known since the 18th Century, and "Marchiani" cherry, an ancient rediscovered variety typical of Pisa. In the future there will be a small gallery of photographs showing the seasonal progress of the plants and fruits themselves.