La Fattoria Corzano e Paterno, founded by the Swiss architect Wendel Gelpke, is now owned and operated by his heirs, the Gelpke and Goldschmidt families. The farm extends over two hundred hectares (five hundred acres) of verdant and stony hills enabling the production of our extensive range of wines, sheep cheeses and high quality olive oil.
Lying seventeen km southwest of Florence along the Via Cassia, Corzano e Paterno were once two distinct farms lying adjacent to one another. Gelpke acquiring one, then the other, and in 1976 united them.
Corzano had been in the hands of the Niccolini family for centuries. The Marchese Niccolini was a friend of Gelpke’s so when the family decided to sell the farm, he wanted Gelpke to see it first. Interestingly, by ancient contract, the profits from La Fattoria di Corzano were to go to dower the daughters of the Niccolini family. But over time the heirs had becomeso numerous and the profits so negligible, that the only option was to sell. When Gelpke saw the beauty and potential of the property, Gelpke offered to buy it himself with the promise that it would not be divided for speculation purposes. Niccolini agreed willingly.
When Gelpke bought Corzano he acquired two large houses, Il Poggio and Corzanello and a complex of houses, Corzano, as part of the estate. They were in poor condition, lacking modern facilities, and requiring a great deal of restoration. The small and random vineyards were sparse and in poor condition.
Gelpke moved to Corzano with his seven year old son, Till. Gelpke’s sister, Katerina Goldschmidt, moved from Holland to Corzanello with her husband Peter and their sons Aljoscha and Pascal.