Keeping the Centuries-Old Chianti Tradition at Dianella Estate in Vinci, Italy

When Francesco and Veronica Passerin d’Entreves took over Dianella Wine Estate in 2003, they started to apply the process of modernization in the vineyards and the cellar from the previous Billeri Family’s centuries old wine making facilities. In its history, they have seen success at the beginning of the 19th century when Dianella’s Chianti were…

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Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano: Tasting The Chianti Classico From Their Newest Estate

There’s a 700-year story that the Frescobaldi Family has maintained in Tuscany which has a strong bond towards the world of wine. In the year 2017, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi acquired a new addition to their already substantial wine empire pegging the number to seven estates in Tuscany. Prior to the acquisition, they have been managing…

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Amaro Formidabile: The Award-Winning All-Natural Handmade Italian Bitter

Amaro Formidabile stands out from the rest of the amari for two reasons. It is made with all natural ingredients and done manually by its creator Armando Bomba. Unlike the other amari in the market, Amaro Formidabile is produced by cold maceration in grain alcohol of various botanical ingredients without any aid of additives, colorants,…

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Discovering Cantina Imperatori Viognier on a Vineyard Lunch with Chef Max Marioli

Chef Max Mariola, the Italian chef famous for his TV cooking program on Sky Gambero Rosso and Executive Chef of the Boscolo Group of Hotels in Italy and Europe, finds the optimum pairing for Cantina Imperatori Viognier IGP Lazio with his summer dishes. For starters, he prepared a fresh and tasty version of Panzanella, a…

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Gorgona, The Wine of Hope by Frescobaldi and The Island Prisoners in Italy

On an early warm morning of the 20th of June 2019, our curious group of fifty people comprised of sommeliers, journalists and trade professionals in the wine sector boarded a chartered boat at the Italian port of Livorno. The group was led by Lamberto Frescobaldi, a 30th-generation Tuscan winemaker and the president of the Marchesi…

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Il Podere di Marfisa of Tuscia in 3 Angles: Wellness Hotel, Restaurant and Wine

You tend not to count the minutes when you travel in the countryside between Rome and Viterbo for two hours. Like in all parts of Italy, the panorama is pulchritudinous, especially when you pass by Lake Bolsena. Olive orchards, vineyards and in summer, fields of colorful wildflowers.It’s an enthralling view that reaches its finest when…

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Terrawine Festival 2019: Wine, Oil and the Land of Umbria

Terrawine Festival, a two-day event that celebrated the beautiful land of Umbria took place at the 10th-century Castle of Titigliano on the 11th and 12th of May 2019. The castle from the Medieval period is immersed in the picturesque soft green hills with neat rows of vineyards that  overlooks the serene Lake Corbara. A project…

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Sensi Tua Rosa, A Chianti Wine Producer’s Tribute to Women

Let’s start with the beautiful setting of Fattoria di Calappiano, a Tuscan villa built in the Renaissance period by the Grand Duke I De Medici. It was built as one of the first models of wine-growing and producing farmhouses in Tuscany. In the 1800s, it was procured by Henry Savage Landor, grandson of the important…

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Blind Wine Tasting of Frascati DOC and DOCG 2017 and 2018 Vintages

There are 1,020 hectares of land out of 8,500 hectares in Frascati cultivated with vineyards destined for the production of wines for Frascati DOC and DOCG. This area includes the municipalities of Frascati, Grottaferrata, Monteporzio Catone, VII Municipality of Rome and a portion of Montecompatri. The territory’s general exposure is oriented towards west and northwest,…

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Fabrizio Pratesi Wines, Presenting the Excellence of Carmignano in Tuscany

Fabrizio Pratesi is the result of a wine and oil making activity of the Pratesi family for five generations. The vineyards and winery are located in Lolocco, in the heart of Carmignano which has bought by Pietro Pratesi in 1875. Carmignano, about 15 kilometers southwest of Florence, is one of the lesser-known DOCG wine regions…

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Carpineto, The Grand Wines of Tuscany : Montepulciano and Montalcino Estates

Thirty-year old wines that express youth and harmony bearing all three types of aromas (varietal, secondary and tertiary) in the palate don’t come around often. Needless to say, I was completely impressed. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva DOCG 1989 of Carpineto Winery came from a 3 out of 5 star vintage, a middle range…

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The Great Red of Umbria: Preview Tasting of Montefalco Sagrantino 2015

The year 2015 had been outstanding, rated five stars out of five by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Montefalco (Consortium for the Protection of the Wines of Montefalco). The winter was rainy, while spring was sunny and windy, and summer was dry, warm and sunny. It was an ideal climatic condition for the growth of the…

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Rocca delle Macie: From Films to Wines in Chianti, Italy

It’s not common to have a big film producer jump to being a wine producer and excel in both fields. In the case of Italo Zingarelli, the man behind the internationally popular series of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill series of films, he proved his proficiency in the two things that he was most passionate…

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Vini Raimondo: The Different Portraits of Cesanese di Affile

Cesanese di Affile, a distinct relative of the Cesanese Comune, is unique to the area of Affile. Affile is located in the region of Lazio, about 50 kilometers in the east of Rome, in the valley of Aniene on slopes of the Affilani mountains where the soil is noted for its reddish tint because of…

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Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio Winery in Marsciano (Umbria), Italy

As you maneuver the electric cart from the winery to the higher part of the town where you pass the town’s church, go through a dusty country road with lots of green then veering to the left, a beautiful corridor of perfectly trimmed hedgerow and old olive trees and finally, to Vigna Lorenzo, the important…

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