Prince Duccio Corsini
The Corsini family is one of the great noble families of Italy.
The family dates back to the twelfth century, before the Renaissance even begun and is still flourishing to this day. Few families anywhere in the world can boast such prestigious ancestors as the Corsini – a pope (Pope Clement XII in the 18th century) and a saint (Sant’Andrea Corsini in the 14th century) among them. The Corsini pope – Pope Clement XII – commissioned one of the great masterpieces of Italy, the Trevi fountain in Rome.
Today Duccio Corsini is heir to the title of 10th Prince of Sismano. Prince Duccio Corsini’s grandfather was the largest landowner in all of Italy, owning 17 important properties. The family still own large estates in Tuscany including “Le Corti” in San Casciano just ten kilometres from Florence and the magnificent Tenuta Marsiliana in Southern Tuscany. Their two palaces in Florence, one of which (the Palazzo Corsini) contains some of the finest art works in the Italy – with masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael and Bernini.
Prince Duccio Corsini has many interests, but perhaps his best known and celebrated is his knowledge and love of good wine and food. It is no coincidence that the prince has strong links with the Slow Food movement as his estates produce some of the finest wines and olive oils in Italy. Prince Corsini has been instrumental in renovating and expanding the agricultural achievements of his family. His family’s historic estates in the Chianti and Maremma regions of Tuscany are justly world famous.
Prince Corsini prides himself on the use of traditional methods of wine making such as hand picking the grapes and never using drip irrigation systems. His commitment to excellence is evident from the very first sniff. The most famous of the Corsini wines is probably Don Tommaso, the signature wine of the Don Tommaso vineyard made from Sangiovese grapes with a hint of Merlot. In 2006 Wine Spectator awarded this sensual wine 91 points.
Since 2003, the olive oil produced by the Corsini family has been recognised as Extra Virgin Olive Oil of Chianti Classico DOP. Only the best Italian olive oils are awarded this distinction.
The legacy of the Corsini family is visible throughout Italy – from the monumental (the Trevi fountain in Rome and the historic villas and palaces of Florence and Tuscany) to the smaller but no less important paintings and sculptures commissioned by the family. Prince Corsini ensures that this legacy will live on for many more years with his conservation of his family properties, gardens and works of art and his ever increasing commitment to high quality Tuscan wines and olive oils.