Domaine du Tix is a small boutique winery near Mont Ventoux in the South of France in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur administrative region. The owners of the estate bought it in 1999 (at the time it was a ruin) and started converting the existing 5ha of table grapes to wine varieties: Viognier, Syrah and Grenache. Today the winery has a total… Continue reading "Domaine du Tix Winery near Mont Ventoux, Vaucluse – France"
Siena House is one of those places that once discovered you never want to leave. Positioned as “not a hotel”, this is more than just a boutique bed and breakfast. You know the saying “home is where the heart is“? Well, the owners and hosts Malvin and Amanda will make sure that this becomes your home. The location of the… Continue reading "Siena House Boutique “Not a Hotel” – The Perfect Place for Exploring Tuscany"
Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the “touchstone of Renaissance urbanism“. This charming village is widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”, the creation of the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II. Piccolomini… Continue reading "Hill Town Pienza: The Ideal City of the Renaissance"
Podere Il Casale is an organic farm near Pienza, province of Siena, Tuscany region, Italy. Owned by a Swiss couple the farm produces a wide range of organic cheeses, olive oil and wine. A restaurant is also available with a menu rich in seasonal organic ingredients. The only available tour was at 16:00 so I was not lucky enough to… Continue reading "Organic Goat and Sheep Cheese Tasting at Podere Il Casale, Pienza, 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. From Coffee and Nature Photography to Wine The owner Francesco Illy comes from the famous Espresso Coffee Illy family. You… Continue reading "Where Bonsai Wine is Made: Podere Le Ripi Winery in Montalcino, 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. If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or simply love red wines, chances are you heard of the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine.… Continue reading "Hill Town Montalcino, Tuscany, 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. As October is usually the month when Italians… Continue reading "How Olive Oil is Pressed: A Tour of Oliviera Sant’Andrea in Sinalunga, 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. The farm consists of 48 hectares, 30 of which are under vine, with 16 being reserved for the production of Vino Nobile. The vineyards, facing mainly south, are situated at 350 and 400… Continue reading "Canneto Winery in Montepulciano, Italy"
Casa Zen is a traditional (but modern) agriturismo located in Northern Italy, not very far from Verona and Lake Garda. Typically, an agriturismo is an independently-owned farm that the owners have decided to use partially — although usually only partially — for accommodation purposes. That means that, 90 percent of the time, you can expect that the owners of your… Continue reading "Agriturismo Casa Zen, Marcellise – San Martino Buon Albergo, Italy"
On 8th of October 2016 we spent half a day in Premstätten, a small village South of Graz. Before 2016 this village had the name of Unterpremstätten. We decided to stop here for the night on our way to Italy, as we prefer not to drive too many hours in the same day with a small child on board. We… Continue reading "Premstätten near Graz, Austria"