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Tuscany Vinyard visits. [Moved from Wine]

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mrspvr Jul 6, 2006 06:32 PM

A friend of a friend is going to Tuscany and asked me for help tracking down vinyards for them to visit. Does anyone have any input? Your help would be MOST appreciated. I've never been to Italy and have no idea how to help these people.

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    intrepid Jul 9, 2006 01:55 PM

    avignonesi vineyards, then go visit the towns of montepulciano, and pienza

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      erica Nov 18, 2006 07:10 PM

      YES yes, go to Avignonesi. If they do not eat lunch there, they can drive to Pienze after and eat at Latte di Luna. Or eat in Montepulciano.

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      OssoBuco Jul 28, 2006 04:23 PM

      Just got back from a week in Castellina in Chianti and virtually anytime you are off the autostrada you can just follow signs for local producers. Try Rocca Della Macie (http://www.roccadellemacie.com/sito/i...).

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        doctorandchef Jul 30, 2006 08:13 PM

        I second the Rocca Della Macie rec. We sampled about 12 wines on a recent visit for free! of course we bought some on the way out.

        the tourism board puts out a map for 2.50 euros of all the chianti producers under their consortium... their symbol is the black rooster. We you drive along the country roads just look for the black rooster and there are hundreds of wineries that are open for tasting. the map merely provides you with a guide of which of the "big" ones you want to visit.

        Had my first taste of some Super Tuscans and I must say it was a revelation.

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          LotsC Aug 1, 2006 09:46 AM

          If you are doing trips of the vineyards in Tuscany. Visit Volpaia which has the most amazing views and idyllic setting above Radda in Chianti; Fonterutoli very close to Castellina (totally delicious wines) and you cannot forget under any circumstances Castello di Brolio as it was there that chianti classico began - near Gaiole.....the Rocca Guicciarda is to die for

          1. ltlevy Aug 17, 2006 11:20 PM

            My wife and I visited Castello di Gabbiano near Greve. An excellent vineyard.

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              pastahound Nov 18, 2006 07:23 AM

              Last summer my boyfriend and I took a day-long cycling tour in the Chianti (we were staying in Florence) that included stops at three wineries for tasting. The scenery was spectacular, our guide Marco was wonderful, patient and lots of fun and it ended up being our most memorable experience during our two weeks in Italy. You can get all the info on the ibiketuscany.com website.

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                goat Nov 19, 2006 01:24 AM

                I would suggest Fattoria Corsignano. It is located in the town of Corsignano, about 10km north an little east of Siena in the heart of Chianti Classico. It is a small, family owned and run vineyard. You can arrange for private winery tours with Mario, the winemaker. Along with a hour long wine tour and tasting, they will also make a wonderful 4 course lunch for you. Bruschetta, focaccia, chicken liver pate, prosciutto, duck ragu over pasta and so on. All prepared in a tiny rustic kitchen by Mario and his wife (and help from his daughter if she gets out of school in time). All this for only 30 euro a person. Unbelievable. We ended up drinking so much at lunch (unlimited wine with the lunch as well) that we took a nap around the pool for almost two hours. They also sell their wine and olive oil (such small production that there is no label on the olive oil). Check out their website: http://www.tenutacorsignano.it/

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