History and tradition of Wine
Its origin is around 1000 AC when probably it was founded by Conti Guidi, with the typical structure of an ancient fortified medieval village. However, it is difficult to trace the origin of Starda because in the area there were different families that ruled, among them the most powerful: Umbertini and Tarlati. Due to its favorable position, just on the way from Arezzo to Montevarchi, Starda had a merchant role and was under dispute for a long time between Florence and Siena. Families melting together, the fights one against the other and the transfer of property sometimes to Siena sometimes to Arezzo made the borders precarious. Starda, not getting involved in the process of development, remained a little fortified village, used as a rest point for those who come from the Arno Valley going to Mercatale di Gaiole, which marketplace with its shape of cone was perfect for merchandise exhibition.
From 1300 A.C., the area went through a period of decline because of the lack of importance as a trade route comparing to Valdarno e Montevarchi. The two families who ruled were not of noble origin anymore but were blacksmiths and farmers: Toti and Romanelli. In those centuries where life was always the same and time passed by with seasonal change, religious celebrations marked the main steps of mere existence, and they were the only moments to escape from the daily routine.
In the 1941, after several different inheritances, Starda went to Malaspina Santarelli, a noble family who bought all the properties and the houses and gave life to “Fattoria Castello di Starda”. It is still a isolated and hidden place for the enchanting route that brings to Monteluco, that was built in the 70s and cut out Starda from the road network and for inhabitants who left the countryside to live in the city. After the abandonment of the countryside in that period, an action of recovery became essential. Today there are still the old cellars but the entire old village was restored mantaining the old characteristics.
Frazione Strada - Gaiole in Chianti (SIENA)
Via Raccordo Autostradale, Loc. San Giuliano, 1/A
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Firenze Km 61,9
Siena Km 38,8
Arezzo Km 42,6
Montevarchi Km 14,3
Radda Km 21,5
Castelnuovo Berardenga Km 18,3