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

Living a Luxury Tuscan Dream: Dining at Ristorante Castello di Fighine

Ristorante Castello di Fighine. The setting is the splendid 11th-century Castello di Fighine which has been restored and refurbished by South African couple Max and Joy Ulfane to a luxury resort. It is a historic castle perched on a hilltop in San Casciano dei Bagni at 650 meters high which overlooks the scenic Tuscan countryside. There is an exhilarating excitement as the solitary road leads … Continue reading Living a Luxury Tuscan Dream: Dining at Ristorante Castello di Fighine