Wine

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of the most famous and culturally significant wines in Tuscany, a region famous for its wine-making prowess. It is not to be confused with the Montepulciano grape variety which is used throughout many regions of Italy and is used to make wines such as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano actually derives its name from the Tuscan region in which it was created. This distinctive red wine is truly one of Tuscany’s treasures. Montepulciano is a village in southern Tuscany that has a rich history of wine production. The region’s wine has been praised as far back as 16th century. Montepulciano’s wine was even heralded by 18th century Enlightenment thinker Voltaire, who specifically praised Montepulciano’s...

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A Wine Tour of Tuscany

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Tuscany! Oh, how I’ve always wanted to come here. I know it’s a cliché but I don’t care. After flying into Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence, I was picked up by my host and driven to his agriturismo, a great, old, tile-roofed house that’s part of a working farm. He and his family invite boarders for some extra income. My host doesn’t make wine - he has olive groves as far as the eye can see - but he does know something about the Tuscan vineyards. So after a great meal with his family and a good night’s sleep, the next morning we hopped on his Vespa and start our tour. The wine Tuscany is known for is Chianti, a red wine, though central Italy, where Tuscany is located, makes mostly whites. The rules, regulations and traditions that...

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The Perfect Tuscan Dinner

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Tuscany is known as much for its fantastic food as it is for its rich history. Tuscan cuisine emphasizes simple yet fresh ingredients and the result is some of the most fantastic and flavorful foods in the world. Here is one rendition of the perfect Tuscan meal: Antipasto – Tuscan Bruschetta A traditional Tuscan Bruschetta, or Fettunta, begins with thick slices of handmade bread grilled over a wood fire. Placed atop the bread is a delightful combination of chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil, and salt, made from the freshest Tuscan ingredients. However, no perfect Tuscan bruschetta would be complete without the region’s most famous product – olive oil. Tuscan olive growers take great pride and care in producing olive oil and their hard work is reflected in...

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Wine Melodies in Tuscany - A Festival

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“Imagine sipping some of the most delicious wines immersed in the Tuscan countryside while listening to some of the most inspiring music. It is not a dream, it is Melody of Wine“. Such are the opening words of the promotional video of this event. Lots of enthusiasm for the first edition of the “Melodia del Vino” wine and music festival. It is a ten days long event that from June 28 to July 8, 2011 will interest four important wine production territories in Tuscany: the provinces of Siena, Grosseto, Florence and Lucca. The project was imported from Bordeaux, the famous French wine region, by the same organizers of the French edition of the event. The program, which is still in the stage of being finalized, includes six classical music...

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Discover Capannori in Tuscany

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Capannori is strategically located in the heart of Tuscany. From here you can quickly reach the art cities of Lucca, Pisa, Florence or the beaches of Versilia. Capannori has a varied landscape made up of plains, hills and small mountains that compose an area rich of historical, artistic and cultural traditions. Tourists who decide to visit these places can stay in one of several farmhouses in the area. Here, in addition to a relaxing stay in direct contact with nature, you can taste and buy typical Tuscan products. To discover Capannori means venturing in search of places that never fail to surprise. There are several itineraries to choose here. You can start with the Villas itinerary. These are historic homes in the countryside that the rich Lucchesi merchants...

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Montepulciano

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Even nowadays Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy shows the same characteristics it had during the the middle ages. Perched on a hill that rises between the Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia, from afar it shows its stone and brick houses clinging to the slopes. The legend has it that Montepulciano was founded by the mythical Etruscan king Porsenna. More likely its origin are as the property of the Roman family of the Publicii, from which derived the name of “Monte Publiciano”. It became a free municipality at the beginning of the 14th century. Montepulciano was long disputed between Siena and Florence until the year 1511 when it permanently joined the Signoria of Medicis. In this period the city’s history is characterized by continuing internal...

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