Farmhouse in Chianti

Chianti is the Land of harmony. It’s easy to say that the identity of Chianti lies in its wine, but it’s a simplification. Yet it is absolutely true that we are in a terroir that is among the most important, fascinating and famous in the world.
However, to reduce Chianti to Chianti alone (the play on words is intentional) would be doing an injustice to its complexity because, if anything, the common denominator of this land lies in the highest accepted meaning of the rural. An aristocratic rural, because of the excellence of its produce that has determined this exclusiveness.

At bottom, wine is the result of Chianti and not vice versa.
Side by side with wine this rural wisdom has also preserved and then re-launched olive-oil, has brought back the Cinta Sienese breed and a certain amount of sheep-rearing with the production of excellent Pecorino cheeses. Part of Chianti’s identity lies in its cuisine. Every dish is the result of a culture that harks back to the land and the bond established between man and environment, perhaps maintained more than elsewhere precisely because it has been experienced here more than elsewhere.

The philosophy of this land was fully shared by Sandro and Carla that, in respect of the agricultural traditions of Chianti, conduct their Farmhouse in Chianti, near Greve in Chianti. The fantastic farmhouse in the green hill of Chianti is a small but very active farm. A luxuriant and well-kept olive groves, the pride of Sandro, produces the typical Chianti extra virgin olive oil: a deep green, fruity olive oil with its bitter or sweet taste, depending on the year, pungent and sometimes spicy (this oil is now sold, thanks to Sandro’s sister Mariapia, in Milan). Sandro has recently planted one hectare of forestry dedicated to the precious black truffle, with the planting of about 200 hazel trees seedlings inoculated with black truffle spores, the truffle yard can be visited with a nice walk along a picturesque path in the woods. For lovers of walking, then, the 20-hectare farm is crossed by many nice paths.
When the shadows of the setting sun grow longer and colour the valleys of the Chianti in bluish tones, life at La Sala seems to come to a standstill and it’s time to enjoy a few minutes of relaxation at the pool looking at the breathtaking panorama or just lie in the shadow of one of two huge figs (the fruit of which give rise to tasty jams closed with a hint of cognac or whiskey) and if you’re lucky and the vegetable garden produced in quantity, tasting fries (green tomatoes, squash blossoms, zucchini and more) that Sandro and Carla like to offer their guests.

Spending your holidays as guests of Sandro and Carla, you learn to appreciate the gentle passing of time in a setting where beauty and simplicity are one.

Farmhouse in Chianti

CIOCOSI chocolate festival to Siena experience

ChocoMoments, the great festival dedicated to chocolate, which takes place in the main Italian squares, will be back to Siena, in Piazza del Campo, from 9th to 11th March.
A weekend full of tasty appointments, among which you should not miss:

The Chocolate Factory
A real journey that illustrates, step by step the process to make chocolate

Educational ChocoMoments
A full program for schools: a journey to discover the origins of chocolate rich of information and tips, together with chocolate makers from Latin America.

ChocoMoments Gourmet
Coffee & Chocolate and Wine & Chocolate … are just some of the scheduled tastings. Moreover The ChocoAperitif.

ChocoMoments Fun
A Space dedicated to children who can play with chocolate.

Come to taste chocolate in Siena, book your stay on

CIOCOSI chocolate festival to Siena experience

Local markets in Tuscany

It is the latest trend: locally grown and sold food. The short supply chain and local markets in Tuscany.

True open-air food shops whose motto, “from the producer to the consumer”, is a guarantee of quality and money saving, and where the organically-grown culture is deeply rooted. We are talking about farmers’ markets.

In Tuscany, it is a widespread phenomenon. The best ones are known as Mercatali, a pilot project by Regione Toscana aimed at creating markets where products are not only sold but even described by the producers in person, whether farmers, breeders and craftsmen.

The Mercatino della Val d’Orcia that is held once a month in a town of the Orcia Valley

The Mercatale dell Val d’Elsa the 1st and 3rd Saturday in Monteriggioni and the 4th Saturday in Colle Vald?elsa

In Asciano the 2nd Sunday the mercatino delle crete. And in Sovicille the mercatale is held each 3rd Saturday.

Then two every day opened mercatali in Castelnuovo Berardenga(loc. Pianella) and Castiglione d’Orcia (loc Gallina)

the Pagliaio in Grave in Chianti (fourth Sunday of the month, from March to December, Piazza Giacomo Matteoti. Special theme markets are scheduled as follows: on October 25th wine and chestnut market; on November 22nd olive and oil market.

In Firenze the Fierucola in P.zza Samntissima Annunziata each 1st Saturday (except August and December)

Treat yourself to a solida full of taste, book your stay on

Local markets in Tuscany

Chianti Classico Collection 2012

This year, too, the stars will be the hundreds of bottles of Chianti Classico being sampled at the event devoted to one of the world’s most prestigious wine territories. The “Chianti Classico Collection 2012” will be held as usual at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, where the latest vintages and most important news will be presented to the wine press and trade.
In its nineteenth edition, the “Collection” will be held for three days instead of two.
So the kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 am on Monday, February 20, for a session dedicated entirely to sector operators that will end at 6:30 pm. On this day the public will be able to meet with the 150-odd wineries present to taste the latest Chianti Classico vintages and barrel previews of the 2011, plus the 2011 olive oil at the stands of the producers belonging to the Chianti Classico DOP Olive Oil Consortium.
The next day (Tuesday, February 21) it will be the turn of Italian and international wine writers, who will taste the wines from participating wineries but without the presence of the vintners, who will return the following day to meet with them.
Don’t miss the occasion to taste this wonderful wines, book your stay (that will include the pass for the event) on

Chianti Classico Collection 2012

Brunello di Montalcino

From Februray 24th to February 27th the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino organizes the world popular event called “BENVENUTO BRUNELLO”.
On this occasion the new wines (Brunello di Montalcino 2007 and the Riserva 2006) on the market since the beginning of the new year are presented and the stars  assigned to the new vintage are announced.
2007 was  an extraordinary harvest: vintage 2007 – five stars, where the grapes reached a level of perfection never seen before.
On the same occasion a  commemorative tile is placed on the walls of the old Town Hall and the  Leccio d’Oro Prize is awarded.
Two days  dedicated to the presenting  the new wines on the market to the operators in the sector.
Book an holiday on  to visit Brunello cellars and to taste this amazing wine.

Brunello di Montalcino

Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a white wine that is produced around the Medieval town of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy. The name of the grape refers either to a derivation of the word “vernaculus,” Latin for local, meaning it’s the local grape, or the town of Vernazza in Liguria, where it might have come from. It’s been around for centuries, with earliest written references from the 13th century. Vernaccia was the favorite wine of Pope Martin IV. In Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, he placed Pope Martin in Purgatorio, forever made to eat eels pickled in Vernaccia for his sins of gluttony.

19th and 20th February the new Vernaccia 2011 and the Riserva 2010 and 2009 will be presented and it will be possible to taste them.

Don’t miss the occasion book your stay on

Vernaccia di San Gimignano

San Valentino in Tuscany

To celebrate Saint Valentine’s day treat yourself with a day to the SPA in Rapolano Terme.

Terme Antica Querciolaia proposes a package (€ 90.00 per person) with aroma body massage for couples, thermal pools, Querciolaia Hammam, romantic dinner. Reservations may be up to 21 on Tuesday 14 / 2 and up to 1.00 pm Wednesday 15 / 2

The Terme di San Giovanni propose two alternatives, or the entrance to the pools and romantic dinner with aperitif (40 euros per person) or the package with chocolate couple massage, access to thermal pools, romantic dinner and the pool kit (95 euros per person)

Do not miss the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a warm and relaxing atmosphere, book your stay on

San Valentino in Tuscany