Most people know the Chianti area of Tuscany for its award-winning wines, but it also happens to be home to the Chianti Cashmere goat farm near Radda in Chianti run by “goat-whisperer” Nora Kravis specializing in sustainable cashmere (registered trademark) with yarn processed entirely in Italy, guaranteed to be free of chemicals and allergy-free.
The quality is nothing short of exceptional, something that I easily spotted in Chianti Cashmere’s hand-knitted or hand-woven hats, gloves, shawls, scarves and throws, all buttery soft with pleasing, neutral shades. I had the chance to visit a few years ago and fell in love with the precocious goats and numerous Abruzzo guard dogs that rule the property, appearing both friendly and fierce. Nora herself is a person who is full of stories, passion and courage; first working as an animal vet in the area for a number of years before trying her hand at the never-been-done-before art of creating high-quality cashmere in the area.
For those looking for a true farm experience she offers a variety of ways for those who want to get to know her cashmere goat farm on a deeper level. First option is a “goat camp” - a real, hands-on farm experience including hand-combing their cashmere goats all throughout the month of April, an ideal activity for families of all ages. But those who have less time to spare also have the option to enjoy a beautiful lunch in the garden and the chance to bottle feed baby goats. For those who want to feel like a shepherd for the day you can lead a flock of about 30 goats to graze along the valley for an hour and a half towards Nora’s neighbor’s winery, where a wine tasting awaits, before heading back to the farm for lunch. I dare say it will certainly be an experience you won’t soon forget!