A noble residence, a village, a winery, a garden, and a vegetable garden surrounded by an heirloom vineyard that still produces fine wines. The beauty of the romantic park is matched by the agricultural landscape, in an exemplary symbiosis of delight and productiveness.

Recently harmonized by garden architect Paolo Pejrone, the Tenuta di San Leonardo complex spreads over three closely interconnected typological areas: a manor garden in the style of an English park, a vegetable garden, and a vineyard. According to chronicles, a village and farmland was well-established here by the 13th century, clustering around a small church dedicated to St. Leonard, and a monastery. When the Order of the Crucifer Fathers was disbanded in the late 18th century, it became the property of the de Gresti family, before becoming part of the Guerrieri Gonzaga’s properties. They commissioned construction of the elegant building on the hillock not far from the church, designed by Saverio Tamanini in the late 19th century. Covered with climbing vines, the main northern front almost seems like a vertical extension of the front lawn. Large rose bushes, borders of herbaceous plants with polychrome blooms, and boxwood hedge topiary in soft rounded forms are arranged around the building. An avenue of lime trees connects the villa to the medieval village; on the opposite side is the park, combining native species (beeches, maples, horse chestnuts) and exotic ones (liriodendrons, paulonias, magnolias, Himalayan pines, thujas) that encroach into the deciduous forest. Beyond the park are neat rows of vineyards that follow the undulating contours of the land. Near the village, a quadrangular space hosts a vegetable garden organized into beds of thriving rustic flowers, medicinal plants, salads and other vegetables. The garden frames the estate’s high peaks that contribute to its charm.