Several years ago a dear friend Phyllis and her husband Stu met me, Joe, and Joe’s parents for an espresso in the town of Tavarnelle val di Pesa in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany. After relaxing and catching up we accepted their generous invitation to visit a friend Riccardo Casamonti and his vineyard. The drive through the countryside was a photographer’s dream with spectacular vistas in every direction. I am sure I asked Stu to stop the car on no less than 10 occasions so I could take a photo.
The small vineyard, “Il Poggione”, is located very near the Castello di Tignano in the town of Barberino Val d’Elsa in the Chianti Region south of Florence. Riccardo produces 1,200 botles of wine annually and only on the best vintages such as 2006. Among the wines produced is a wonderful Vin Santo, “holy wine”, a style of Italian dessert wine. Traditional in Tuscany, these wines are often made from wite grape varieties such as Trebbiano and Malvasia. Riccardo couldn’t have been more welcoming as he showed us around the farm allowing us to experience wine making from harvest to press to tasting!!
After spending the better part of the day at the vineyard we enjoyed a spectacular lunch of amazing seafood at La Trattoria del Pesce in the nearby town of Bargino. Truly one of the most memorable days in Italy over the years and a reminder to take advantage of wonderful opportunities when they land at your doorstep. Phyllis and Stu we will be forever grateful for this amazing experience – Mille Grazie!! David, Joe, Barbara and Richard