Benvenuto Brunello at the crossroads of the world

Benvenuto Brunello 2014

Today Montalcino producers focus on making a wine that is influenced by the soil, evolution in Montalcino is not linked to industrialization, here the focus is on the sustainable development producing great wines while making Montalcino a destination of choice for a quality holiday. Francesco Ripaccioli believes that the 2009 vintage is a reflection of where Brunello stands today, a vintage full of individuality to understand and explore. A lot of people are beginning to look at Montalcino in terms of North, South, East and West – In the North you have cooler temperatures and a bit more rain that translates into finesse elegance and perfume for the wine. Going southeast is warmer and dryer and you get more power and robust tannins adding weight and density to the wine. In fact there’s about a ten day to two weeks harvest time difference between North and South.

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The divine port of Marsala

Saline e mulini a vento

A city was never never more accurately described than Marsala. The name comes comes from Mars-Allah, which translates as the port of Allah, Arabic word for God. A truly divine harbor where the historic bagli are not located in the middle of vineyards but only a few meters from the sea. The bagli are normally square or rectangular courtyards surrounded by large protective walls, and a huge front door. Here in Marsala these historic bagli structures are the best wine cellars I’ve ever seen. This is Marsala, the European city of wine for 2013 where I went to report on the tourism of wine in the “International Forum for the Economy and the wine Market”, organized by the Cities of wine with the valuable help of Andrea Gabrielli.

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Pride of lions Dazzle or zeal of zebra Journey of giraffes Herd of elephants Crash of rhinos Parliament of owls Leap of leopards Sounder of warthogs Pod or raft of hippos Business of mongeese (?) Pack of dogs Clan of hyenas

Green Farming and viticulture


A holistic and mystical approach to farming, in which the entire wine estate becomes a self-sustaining, self-regulating ecosystem. Green farming spans from sustainable, to organic and to the more holistic biodynamic approach. Biodynamic farmers also follow the natural rhythms of the earth and the moon’s lunar phases to increase the “life force” of the soil and, thus, create a wine that is completely authentic to the site

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What did newlywed couples drink?

Honeycomb slice

Mead is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey with yeast. Mead is not a beer, wine, or spirit in the normal sense; it is its own class of alcohol, and it is believed to be the oldest alcoholic beverage. Evidence of early mead has been found in Egypt and on the island of Crete, and it was drunk in Greece throughout the Golden Age. Mead became popular all the way from Ethiopia, where it was named “tej”, to Finland where it was called “sima”. All these countries used honey as a base for their drink but then added whatever local herbs and fruits were available.

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The feminine lemon


Certified by historical documents in 1500, the “Limone di Sorrento” PGI dates back to the Roman Era; paintings and mosaics in Pompeii and Herculaneum depict lemons that are very similar to the “Massa” and “Oval Sorrento” on the tables of our Latin ancestors. Grown in all the municipalities of the Sorrento Peninsula: Massa Lubrense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento, Sorrento, Vico Equense and on the island of Capri

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Wine, medieval castles, scenic pathways, truffle hunting, dinners and cooking lessons.


Wine, medieval castles, scenic pathways, truffles hunting, dinners and cooking lessons. If you are the active type, you can enjoy walking or mountain biking on about 200 km of scenic pathways in the beautiful Barolo and Barbaresco hills, visiting wineries and medieval castles along the way or hunt white truffles.

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The concept drinking in moderation can be good for your body and great for your soul dates back to ancient Greece. The drink we know as vermouth was actually created by Hippocrates. A mixture of wine, honey, spices, and herbs

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Barolo DOCG – The Grand Crus


Produced entirely with Nebbiolo grapes, Barolo wine comes from the province of Cuneo. Eleven communes with 500 plus members, make up the Barolo area: Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba and some parts of the communes of Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour, Novello, Roddi and Verduno. These communes, unlike the five key sub-regions, are only permitted to cultivate Nebbiolo for Barolo on a portion of their territory. Here’s a complete listy of Barolo crus by territory with specific focus on the five key sub-regions.

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The Brunello from Castelnuovo dell' Abate

Le Vigne

Several traditional wineries in the Montalcino sub-region purchased vineyards in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, known for the elegance and balance of its grapes. Slightly warmer daily temperatures and an evening gentle wind, allow the fruit to retain acidity and freshness. The Vineyards have changing mixes of marl, shale, sand-stone and clay soils and are planted at fairly high altitudes. Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona, La Colombina, Mastrojanni, La Poderina, Le Presi and Uccelliera are among the best known wineries in the area.

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