Relais & Chateaus – Borgo San Felice, a Medieval village in the heart of Chianti

Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice

Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice is an oasis of peace, nature and beauty on the Tuscan hills. Borgo San Felice is the only Relais & Chateaux 5-star hotel in the Chianti Classico area. Only an hour drive from Florence, this is the perfect base to explore the surrounding area as well as those green rolling hills you must have seen in postcards and movies for years.

Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice

Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice

Surrounded by 147 hectares of vineyards, lovely squares and narrow paths, Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice was founded in the 8th century and its beauty has remained intact since. In 1991 it was renewed completely and turned into a 5-star hotel, but the medieval village buildings haven’t been spoiled.

Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice features 33 rooms and 21stunning suites like these ones:

Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice

FOOD AT RELAIS & CHATEAUX BORGO SAN FELICE

There are several food options at Borgo San Felice. You can opt for a gourmet dinner at the restaurant Poggio Rosso or go for the traditional flavours of Tuscany at the Osteria Del Grigio. If you are feeling hungry during the day or after a swim, there is a pool bar and if you wish to try the wonderful wines at BSF you should head to the Winehouse.

Poggio Rosso: find out more here

Osteria del Grigio: find out more here

EXPLORE THE BEST OF CHIANTI CLASSICO 

Agricola San Felice, the Borgo San Felice’s Winery, produces 14 different wines and visiting its cellar is a great way to get familiar with wine production and ageing.
Leonardo Bellaccini, the enologist, in collaboration with several universities, established the “San Felice method” which is a perfect combination of old traditions with state of the art scientific innovation. Today, Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice also produces DOP extra-virgin olive oil on top of acclaimed wines like Campogiovanni, Brunello di Montalcino and Poggio Rosso as well as a selection of grappa and vin santo.

Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice

SUSTAINABILITY & RESPECT FOR NATURE AT RELAIS & CHATEAUX BORGO SAN FELICE

At Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice, they fight soil erosion with the right terracing combined with a constant attention and analysis of the local flora and fauna. A great example of this approach is Vitiarium, where hundreds of species have been protected and cultivated for the past 30 years to prevent them to disappear.

Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice

UMANA MENTE by ALLIANZ GROUP AT BORGO SAN FELICE

What’s the best way to pass on traditions from the elderly generations to the new one? What’s the only way to share invaluable skills about agriculture and nature? Well, the answer at Borgo San Felice is Umana Mente, an Allianz Group’s foundation that connects the elderly with young people with disabilities in a common project that is a vast vegetable garden.

Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice

ABOUT RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 540 of the finest luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. Established in France in 1954, the mission of the Association is to divulge its unique art of living in the world by selecting exceptional structures with an unrivalled tradition and heritage.

Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share their passion and personal commitment to give their Guests moments of exceptional harmony. Choosing Relais & Châteaux is choosing an unforgettable celebration of the senses. The signature of Relais & Châteaux reflects this ambition:

“EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD”

Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice

Notes: I was a guest of Relais & Chateaux “The Art of Living” press trip – all views are my own. As always.

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  • Wow this looks like a dream come true. These ancient walls in combination with that high quality service….I love how they combine the wine culture with high quality service.

    • Thank you, Paulina. Yes, they managed to create a very unique formula where wine is at the centre as well as high-quality service!

  • Whole of Italy is gorgeous. Tuscany is stunning. Borgo San Felice resort looks just spectacular. Just 1 hr from Florence, that’s awesome! I’d totally love to stay here.

    • Thank you Bhushavali! Yes, Tuscany is one of my favourite places in the whole world, so much to see and explore..I can’t wait to go back! 🙂

  • Rachelle Gordon

    Absolutely beautiful! I really love the pictures in the vineyard, especially with the sun beams shining through. I just can’t get over how beautiful and serene this location is. Of course I’d love to visit!

    • Thank you, Rachelle! I really hope you will manage to see it in person maybe during Autumn, because the place and the colours are just incredible!

  • Luxurious Peregrination

    Tuscan hills looks so magical. I wish I could fly there right now. Relais & Chateaux Borgo San Felice resort looks so amazing. The beds and room was so comfy. I would love to stay there.

  • Maggie Alexander

    What a beautiful place! I love vineyards and am so sad many of the ones near me in CA have been destroyed by the recent wildfires. This place looks like the perfect place for the photo shoot, it’s so nicely maintained.

    • Thank you, Maggie! Yes, they also lost lost of the vineyards because of the freezing cold last March, but they managed to recover most of them, thankfully. And yes, it’s a great place for weddings and photoshoots! 🙂

  • Carol

    I have never heard if Relais & Chateaux. Your awesome pictures and detailed narrative explain how the chain speajs if and naintsins quality. I would definitely choose the Osteria though!

    • Really!? How come! I think you will love R&C! Thank you so much and great choice, the Osteria is great!

  • Shibani Sharma

    Wow this really is a place like the one from movies we have been watching from years 🙂 Such lovely architecture, wonderful interiors and the vineyards are a must visit for sure. Loved the pictures 🙂

  • travellingslacker

    Just love the sheer feel of this place. It almost transports you to a different era and I can see no sign of 21st century even in the horizon. Add to that some vineyards and wine and you have the ultimate romantic escape!

    • Exactly! that’s the cool thing! I mean there are modern features and the latest technologies, but they are kind of hidden below the surface to preserve that sense of authenticity and glorious past!