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    Where Bonsai Wine is Made: Podere Le Ripi Winery in Montalcino, Italy

    Podere Le Ripi is a winery in Montalcino with a really good story, and good stories can help sell (expensive) wine. I will try to explain what makes this winery so special, so there will be more text than usual.

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    Hill Town Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

    Montalcino is located to the west of Pienza, close to the Crete Senesi in Val d’Orcia. It is 42 kilometres (26 mi) from Siena, 110 kilometres (68 mi) from Florence and 150 kilometres (93 mi) from Pisa.

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    How Olive Oil is Pressed: A Tour of Oliviera Sant’Andrea in Sinalunga, Italy

    Since we came first to Italy a few years ago we started appreciating the real, high-quality olive oil. What is being sold in most supermarkets around the world is marketed as high quality extra-virgin olive oil, but once you try the real deal, you will understand what all the fuss is about.

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    Canneto Winery in Montepulciano, Italy

    Canneto wine estate (Azienda Agricola Canneto) is situated on the western side of Montepulciano, near the splendid church of San Biagio and has a long wine-making tradition.

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    Agriturismo Casa Zen, Marcellise – San Martino Buon Albergo, Italy

    Casa Zen is a traditional (but modern) agriturismo located in Northern Italy, not very far from Verona and Lake Garda.

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    Castel MIMI Winery, Bulboaca, Moldova

    Castel MIMI Winery is the largest (private) architectural restoration project in the history of Republic of Moldova. This historic estate was founded in 1893 by the last Governor of Bessarabia, Constantin Mimi.

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    Hancu Monastery, Moldova (2016)

    The last time I published photos from Hancu Monastery was 6 years ago (2010), at a time when I was really excited taking HDR photos.…

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    Venice – Italy, The City on 117 Islands

    Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site.

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    Salzburg – Austria, Mozart’s Birthplace

    Salzburg (literally: “Salt Fortress”) is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid‑20th century, the city was the setting for the musical play and film The Sound of Music.

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    Trequanda, a Traditional Tuscan Village

    With a population of just ~1.300 people, Trequanda is a traditional Tuscan comune that has everything you expect – a great macelleria, a beautiful church in the middle of the comune, a pizzeria and two restaurants, one in the center and one with a fantastic panoramic view.

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  • Thumbnail for A Tour of Poggio Antico Winery, Montalcino – Italy

    A Tour of Poggio Antico Winery, Montalcino – Italy

    Poggio Antico: a combination of people, love for nature and passion for winemaking in the beautiful landscape of Tuscany. Brunello, Brunello Riserva, Altero, Madre, Lemartine and Rosso di Montalcino are the result of our great care and dedication.

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    A September Day in Villach, Austria

    Villach is the seventh-largest city in Austria and the second-largest in the federal state of Carinthia. It represents an important traffic junction for southern Austria and the whole Alpe-Adria region. As of December 2006, the population is 58,480.

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    A Rainy Day in San Marino (September, 2015)

    San Marino, officially the Republic of San Marino, is an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the north-eastern side of the Apennine Mountains. Its size is just over 61 km2 (24 sq mi) and has an estimated population of about 32,000. Its capital is the City of San Marino and its largest city is Dogana. San Marino has the smallest population of all the members of the Council of Europe.

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    Tasting of Moldovan Wine in Tuscany

    Last year we organized a private wine tasting event at Siena House hotel in Tuscany and we loved doing that very much. This year we returned with a different selection of wine, probably a little more appropriate for the warm Tuscan weather.

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    Moldovan Wine Bottles in the Tuscan Countryside

    After organizing last year a private wine tasting at the Siena House B&B (Tuscany, Italy), we decided to try something similar this year, but this time with different wine, something more appropriate for a hot day in Tuscany.

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