Lisbett and Garret have asked our company to come up with a delicious day in the Chianti Wine Region. We have chosen two of our favourite wineries, which both enjoy international fame. These wineries, while being at the top of their game, are not commercial nor industrial size wineries. We have set the day up so it will be interesting for everyone, not just aiming this at total oenophiles. We are going to enjoy the incredible art installations of Castello de Ama as well as a tour of the winery, A gourmet lunch in the most elegant of surroundings with the famed wines of Castello di Ama. After our lunch, we will move through the gorgeous region of Chianti with its untouched forests and impossibly beautiful hilltop borgos. Our next stop will be Castello di Monsanto.
Overview of TUSCANY
Unequivocally the most beautiful wine region of the world. There is nowhere quite as stunning as the forested and vine laden hills and untouched forests of Chianti or the clay laden hills of the Val d'Orcia with their cypress tree driveways. Bolgheri, in the Maremma, with the stunning maritime pines and amazing coastal views, is leading the pack with their international varietal blends. For us a Tuscan wine and food based vacation is as good as it gets: there is just so much to see. Do not be fooled into that Sangiovese is an easy grape to understand, nor is that the only varietal that excels here. We will be tasting Merlots & Cabernets too as well as Chianti Classico and some dessert wines.
What does BIODYNAMICS mean?
The concept behind biodynamics is that everything in the universe is interconnected and gives off a resonance or vibe. The interconnectivity of everything even includes celestial bodies like the moon, planets and stars. Biodynamic viticulture is the practice of balancing this resonance between vine, man, earth and stars. Essentially, biodynamics is a holistic view of agriculture. If you have healthy soil, you will have healthy plants. And if you have healthy plants, you will have better fruit. And if you have better fruit, you will have better wine. And if you have better wine, you will have better happier clients.
Table of contents
Monday, 25th June 2018
Wine & Culinary Experience in Chianti: Castello di Ama & Castello di Monsanto
09:30 AM Reception & Departure from San Gimignano with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours
Private Transfer to Chianti
10:30 AM Visit of Castello di Ama Winery
Please Note: Including Site-Specific Art Installations.
01:00 PM Gourmet Lunch Paired with Wines at Castello di Ama Winery Restaurant
03:00 PM Visit & Wine Tasting at Castello di Monsanto Winery
04:30 PM Private Transfer to San Gimignano
05:30 PM Arrival at San Gimignano
END of SERVICES
Winery – Tuscany : Castello di Ama
When we think of the top levels of Chianti Classico, this Medieval hamlet (12th century) perched on a hilltop at an altitude of almost 500 metres is literally one of the top wineries of Tuscany. Imagine that even in the middle of the 18th century the Grand Duke, Peter Leopold of Tuscany, praised Ama’s wines: he wrote “around the Castello di Ama, the best vines in Chianti are to be found, excellently tended”. The vineyards of Castello di Ama cover 80 hectares (198 acres) with four distinct valleys: Bellavista, San Lorenzo, Casuccia & Montebuoni. Olive oil cultivation in Tuscany is registered as being important since the mid-seventh century BC, when the Etruscans roamed Tuscany. You will taste Ama’s olive oil at your lunch. It is extraordinary and suitably expensive. Castello di Ama’s art project consists of site-specific installations created by the following artists: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Daniel Buren, Giulio Paolini, Kendell Geers, Anish Kapoor, Chen Zhen, Carlos Garaicoa, Cristina Iglesias, Nedko Solakov, Louise Bourgeois, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Hiroshi Sugimoto. You will be able to appreciate them all without rushing and with in-depth explanations. Castello di Ama will be a full immersion tour, with wines, gourmet food and art. It makes for a tremendous experience. We are lucky to call Ama friends of our company and we are treated as such as will you be.
Winery – Tuscany : Castello di Monsanto
Castello di Monsanto is named after this particular land that is delightfully set in the centre of the achingly beautiful valley of Chianti. Nothing to do with the Corporation Monsanto, you will be pleased to hear. Aldo Bianchi purchased this property in 1960 and his son, Fabrizio, was hooked from day one, in part due to his grandmothers influence who lovingly farmed her vineyards in Piedmont. In 1962 Aldo and Fabrizio went ahead of the trend at the time and started using the French Cru Method to vinify the grapes from the vineyard of Il Poggio. In 1968 they also went to a 100% Sangiovese for their top Chianti, again way ahead of the now normal curve. One of Monsanto’s most incredible features, apart from the wine, the place and immaculate grounds, are the hand-build tunnel for the storing of wooden barrels, using a medieval technique of arched wooden ribs encasing charming lowered Etruscan arches. Laura, Fabrizio’s daughter, runs everything day to day these days. There are two places at Monsanto, which captivate every visitor: Collina del Poggio and the 18th-century historic cellar. From the top of the Poggio (an height of 310 metres of marl), it is possible to see the towers of San Gimignano and the Monte Amiata, which close to Montalcino protects the whole zone climatically. The last treat of Monsanto is that during each great vintage, an average of 2,500/3,000 bottles of Riserva Il Poggio are kept back. The bottles are constantly monitored by checking the corks and topping up with wine of the same vintage to preserve these wines for experts and passionate wine collectors. It is said to be the biggest collection of its type in Tuscany. These are traditional wines, giving wonderful expression of the marl soils that make Chianti so unique. Highly reccomended!
Price: 150 EUR Per Person