Exploring more castles of Chianti

Exploring more castles of Chianti - Castello di San Sano This castle of Chianti take its name from the martyr Ansano and its origins date back to the 13th century when this fortified settlement was probably used as a stronghold during…

What is Prosecco wine?

Prosecco is the Italian response to France’s Champagne or Spain’s Cava. A white wine, Prosecco is, as most Italian wines, Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), produced in the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions. Prosecco became…

Castles of Chianti – A collection of selected magic gems in Tuscany

This second-part series takes an in-depth look at some more of Chianti’s most magnificent country castles that evoke a fascinating medieval atmosphere. Standing proud on a hill overlooking wonderful landscape and majestic vineyards, the castles…

Brolio Castle and other magic Castles of Chianti wine

Chianti and castles, an indissoluble pair, below is just a very specific yet eclectic selection. -Castello della Leccia it is a mediaeval hamlet dating back to the 11th century. This restored castle offers spectacular views as one looks…

How long can you age a Chianti wine?

What better excuse is there than to open an old bottle of Chianti when considering the question ‘Does Chianti age well?’.  And so I head to my wine cellar, which alas in reality is just a kitchen cupboard, and I peruse the selection on…

Amarone della Valpolicella: inside one of Italy's most distinctive red wines

Amarone della Valpolicella is a charming, heavyweight dry red wine of immediate pleasantness produced in Verona, located along the Adige river in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy. If literally translated, Amarone is conveyed as very…

What is Chianti wine?

What is Chianti? Is Chianti wine sweet? What is the difference between Chianti and Chianti Classico? What is Ruffino Chianti? These are just some of the many questions that we receive when students come to learn about Tuscany’s wines. While…

Brunello di Montalcino

In Italian the “legs” you see running down your glass when wine tasting are called lacrime or “tears”, and a nice vintage of Brunello di Montalcino (especially a Brunello di Montalcino 2010 vintage!) will certainly bring any wine lover…

San Gimignano and famous white wine, Vernaccia

San Gimignano is a beautiful medieval town located in the province of Siena, just northwest of Siena itself and southwest of Florence. The town is easily identified as one arrives due to the high number of medieval towers that characterize its…

Is Chianti considered a dry wine?

When friends ask me to advise them on a suitable wine, more often than not they say to me ‘I don’t like dry wine’, followed swiftly by the statement ‘I prefer fruity wine’, and this is a common misconception in wine tasting; that a…

What’s in a name? Sangiovese and Chianti

So there we were. Two pals in a Florentine wine bar (Enoteca), putting the world to rights over, of course, a couple of glasses of red. “Tell me,” enquires my companion, “what is the difference between Peter Parker and Spiderman?” “A…

Chianti Colli Fiorentini and Window With A View

Florence’s “buche del vino” and Chianti Colli Fiorentini “What are those curious little windows adorning the facades of dozens of palazzi in Florence’s historic centre?” It’s a question often asked by Chianti wine tasting groups.…