Nittardi Launches International Art Contest for its 40th Anniversary Wine Label

Nittardi Wine Estate is a boutique winery situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region with 40 hectares of vineyards divided between Castellina in Chianti and Maremma in Tuscany. It was originally a defensive tower known as early as 1183 by the name of “Nectar Dei” (The Nectar of the God) between Florence and Sienna. In the 16th-century, the estate was owned̀ by one … Continue reading Nittardi Launches International Art Contest for its 40th Anniversary Wine Label

The New Wines of Piandimare of Abruzzo: Villamagna DOC and Oltremare Pecorino

Piandimare came to life in 1986 when a few farmers wanted to cultivate unique vines to produce special wines. We are in Abruzzo, the central Italian region which borders the other regions, Lazio to the west, Marche to the north, Molise to the southeast and the Adriatic Sea to the east. The winery is located in Val di Foro, a valley nestled between the Majella … Continue reading The New Wines of Piandimare of Abruzzo: Villamagna DOC and Oltremare Pecorino

The Lady of Brunello of Tenute Silvio Nardi With Her Expressions of Sangiovese

At a young age of twenty in 1985, Emilia Nardi, the youngest daughter of the eight children of the then 77-year old Silvio Nardi, entered her father’s thriving winery in Montalcino. The job was to be a distraction that a concerned father gave to her heartbroken daughter who just came out of a relationship. Here, she learned all the ropes of running a winery for … Continue reading The Lady of Brunello of Tenute Silvio Nardi With Her Expressions of Sangiovese

How Chiesa del Carmine Revived the Excellence of an Abandoned Viticultural Umbrian Valley

Unseen from the main roads is a valley as big as 124 hectares of cultivated land with rows of vineyards and olive orchards surrounded by natural woodlands. Unpaved white roads bring you to the heart of this valley, Chiesa del Carmine, the wine producer that has been taking out wines highlighting the excellence of the territory which has been acclaimed in the past for the … Continue reading How Chiesa del Carmine Revived the Excellence of an Abandoned Viticultural Umbrian Valley

Tenuta di Fiorano: The Story of a Prince Who Fell in Love with Winemaking in Rome

The story of Tenuta di Fiorano evolves around a prince who fell in love with something quite unexpected: winemaking. It all starts in 1946 with Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, who comes from one of Itay’s oldest noble families with a line of eighteen noble titles when he took over his family’s 200-hectare land outside Rome. The second among the eight children of Prince Francesco Boncompagni … Continue reading Tenuta di Fiorano: The Story of a Prince Who Fell in Love with Winemaking in Rome

Briziarelli Winery: Umbrian Wines Focused on Quality and Territory

A multifaceted entrepreneur, Pio Briziarielli stepped into the field of farming in the early twentieth century in his locality in Umbria. He took on different branches in agriculture from the cultivation of vineyards and the process of vinification in the old family cellar in Marsciano, the breeding of Chianina cows in the San Gemini area, and the cultivation of olive groves. These are the establishing … Continue reading Briziarelli Winery: Umbrian Wines Focused on Quality and Territory

The White Soul of Brolio, Francesco Ricasoli Presents Ricasoli 1141 Torricella From 1943 to 2019

Chianti Classico, a region dominated by red wine production, is also an excellent territory for white wines with great aging potential as proven by Castello di Brolio Torricella of Ricasoli 1141. At the vertical tasting of the wines with AIS Rome Delegation that was guided by Valentino Tesi, Best Sommelier of AIS Italy in 2019, Francesco Ricasoli, president of Ricasoli 1141, showcased 13 vintages (14 … Continue reading The White Soul of Brolio, Francesco Ricasoli Presents Ricasoli 1141 Torricella From 1943 to 2019

Tenuta Vitalonga: Passion for an Ancient Winemaking Tradition in Ficulle, Umbria

On the sprawling hills of the upper Orvieto area in Ficulle, Tenuta Vitalonga provides a picturesque view of a characteristic landscape of neat rows of vineyards surrounded by groves of oak extending to the bordering regions of Tuscany and Lazio. In its 90 hectares of land at an elevation between 350 to 450 meters above sea level, 20 are dedicated to vineyards and 6 are … Continue reading Tenuta Vitalonga: Passion for an Ancient Winemaking Tradition in Ficulle, Umbria

A Visit to 3 Wineries of Frascati: Villa Cavalletti, Casata Mergè and Tenuta di Pietra Porzia

Malvasia di Candia, Malvasia Puntinata or Malvasia del Lazio, Bellone, Bombino Bianco, Greco, Trebbiano Toscano and Trebbiano Giallo. These are the indigenous white grape varieties that comprise one of the celebrated wines of Lazio – Frascati DOC (attained in 1966) and the Frascati Superiore DOCG (attained in 2011). Perhaps in the earlier years Frascati had not been as focused qualitatively as it is now but … Continue reading A Visit to 3 Wineries of Frascati: Villa Cavalletti, Casata Mergè and Tenuta di Pietra Porzia

Torre a Cona: Tuscan Wine, Food and Hospitality in a Majestic Villa on the Florentine Hills

Driving around Tuscany is a captivating experience as roads can lead to a series of varied panoramic backdrops of neatly-rowed vineyards, olive groves, ancient hamlets, cypress trees standing like soldiers guarding long driveways, dried up mowed fields with scattered bales of hay, and yes, the magnificent medieval castles and villas. In one of the stretches of ancient country roads from Florence to Rignano sull’Arno, stands … Continue reading Torre a Cona: Tuscan Wine, Food and Hospitality in a Majestic Villa on the Florentine Hills

Ricasoli 1141 in Chianti Classico: The Castle, the Baron and the Wine

For almost nine centuries, the Ricasoli family of Castello di Brolio has played a leading role in Tuscany’s history of wine including the conception of Chianti Classico. In the year 1141, there was a written testimony linking the family to wine in the castle making them the first to dedicate themselves to the improvement of agriculture and viticulture after perceiving the great potential of the … Continue reading Ricasoli 1141 in Chianti Classico: The Castle, the Baron and the Wine

Fattoria La Leccia in Tuscany: A Family of Women Who Gave New Life to Their Wines

Holm oak is a special kind of tree. It can live up to a thousand years as it spreads its massive and dense umbrella crown giving protection and shield from natural adversity. Its timber is very strong and hard which has been useful carriages and agricultural tools since ancient times, as well as excellent firewood which provides long lasting fire and heat. Its acorns are … Continue reading Fattoria La Leccia in Tuscany: A Family of Women Who Gave New Life to Their Wines

Discovering the Chianti Classico of Casale dello Sparviero

“When my father, in the mid-70s, decided to invest in Tuscany, I was enchanted by the nature that surrounded the farm. I soon realized that behind a bottle of wine there was a world of passion and effort that took years to show its fruits. I tried to pass on the same passion handed down by my father Olindo to Arrigo, my son, firmly convinced … Continue reading Discovering the Chianti Classico of Casale dello Sparviero

Torre Bisenzio in Umbria: Wine and Stay Experience in an Italian Wine Estate

Tasting wines couldn’t have been as panoramic as the setting that husband and wife Mike and Neena Rees chose for their new tasting room in the middle of their 265-hectare wine estate in Umbria. A typical Umbrian stone building with two floors, the newest addition to Torre Bisenzio wine estate was celebrated with an inauguration of the new space on the 4th of October. Bottles … Continue reading Torre Bisenzio in Umbria: Wine and Stay Experience in an Italian Wine Estate

The Preview Tasting at the Anteprima Sagrantino 2017 in Montefalco

The beginning of the year 2021 amplifies the cautious step towards a new normality. One of them is the resumption of physical presence in wine tastings which puts the virtual tastings at the backseat. The Anteprima Sagrantino, organized by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Montefalco (consortium of Montefalco wine producers to safeguard and promote the wines) has been taking place in the Umbrian town of Montefalco … Continue reading The Preview Tasting at the Anteprima Sagrantino 2017 in Montefalco