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

Castello di Meleto Casi and Poggiarso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

Living the reality of Castello di Meleto is like breathing more than a thousand years of history inside the four walls of its castle on a hilltop of Gaiole di Chianti, in the road between Siena and Florence in Tuscany which overlooks the Chianti valley. What was once the Abbey of Coltibuono belonging to the Benedictine monks in the 11th century, has traversed a rich … Continue reading Castello di Meleto Casi and Poggiarso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

Sensi Governato Toscano IGT 2018: Using The Old Traditional Chianti Vinification Method

Governato Toscano IGT 2018 is a product of Sensi’s passion to explore the best techniques in creating wine. With this particular vinification process, they used the “Governo all’Uso Toscano”, a vinification technique that goes back between 1834 to 1837 institutionalized by Baron Bettino Ricasoli. He divulged that the composition he considered as the most suitable for obtaining a good ready-to-drink red wine, which later became … Continue reading Sensi Governato Toscano IGT 2018: Using The Old Traditional Chianti Vinification Method

Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico: A Synthesis of Two Souls of the Territories

Like a number of avant-garde foreigners in Italy, the Bär-Bettschart family was struck by the beauty of Chianti as they decided to stop in the area and create wines themselves epitomizing the territory. In 1990, Gagliole winery was born which comprises of two distinct vineyards in a total of 20 hectares and 16 more for the olive groves. Divided in a diversity of vineyard characteristics … Continue reading Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico: A Synthesis of Two Souls of the Territories

Highlighting The Characteristics of Sensi Wines From Tuscany With Food Pairing

It’s a particular period we are all going through right now. With the stay at home orders that has been going on for months, there is much more time to dwell in the kitchen, take out the lost creativity and whip up appetizing dishes that can pair well with some bottles of wines that are waiting to be tasted in the cellar. I am dedicating … Continue reading Highlighting The Characteristics of Sensi Wines From Tuscany With Food Pairing

Tasting of Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

Carpineto is a wine estate that produces world-renowned wines from their five estates in Tuscany. It was founded in 1967 by Giovanni Carlo Sacchet and Antonio Mario Zaccheo who envisioned an enormous potentiality in their region in producing great traditional wines. In their quest for innovative viticulture and winemaking techniques aimed at producing the best red wine that expresses the best that the terroir can … Continue reading Tasting of Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

Rascioni & Cecconello Expresses The Excellence of Tuscan Ciliegiolo in its Wines

Considered as a minor grape, Ciliegiolo has long been overshadowed by Sangiovese throughout its course of history but in the recent years, interest has grown in the grape variety. It is now being produced as a dominant variety in blends and even more, single varietal wine in various wine regions of Italy like Liguria, Marche, Abruzzo, Lazio and Tuscany. Historically, its earliest mention was in … Continue reading Rascioni & Cecconello Expresses The Excellence of Tuscan Ciliegiolo in its Wines

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 being found on the tables of the best Italian trattorias … Continue reading Keeping the Centuries-Old Chianti Tradition at Dianella Estate in Vinci, Italy

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 the estate since 2014. The six other estates are Castello … Continue reading Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano: Tasting The Chianti Classico From Their Newest Estate

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 that’s located in the Tuscany region and centered on the … Continue reading Fabrizio Pratesi Wines, Presenting the Excellence of Carmignano in Tuscany

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 climatic quality but with the aid of good vinification, the … Continue reading Carpineto, The Grand Wines of Tuscany : Montepulciano and Montalcino Estates

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 about. In 1973, he made the big plunge by acquiring … Continue reading Rocca delle Macie: From Films to Wines in Chianti, Italy

Poggio Cagnano Boutique Winery in Maremma (Tuscany), Italy

One warm and sunny September morning on the Tuscan hilltop of Cagnano, a table with a platter of local Tuscan cheese, a bowl of walnuts, freshly-sliced bread, a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, and a bottle of Poggio Cagnano Altaripa Maremma Toscana DOC 2014 was waiting for us. There was a marvelous view of the Maremma countryside from where I was seated. The gentle … Continue reading Poggio Cagnano Boutique Winery in Maremma (Tuscany), Italy