In the late 10th century, Monteraponi, an ancient medieval village situated on the hill by the same name in the heart of the Chianti area, belonged to Count Ugo, Marchese and Governor of Tuscany. Count Ugo then donated it to the abbey he had founded in Poggio Martori (Poggibonsi Alto). The village’s central structure, almost completely intact after hundreds of years, features a square-based tower.

Visible along the tower’s keep, at the top, are the so-called archivolts, typical twelfth-century windows. The building, because of its central and elevated position, was most likely the Lord’s residence. The wine cellars, built underneath the tower, where the wine bottles are left to rest, date back to the same period and feature a single-vaulted ceiling.