There is a very Florentine phenomenon of Last Supper paintings in the refectories of convents and monasteries; these images functioned to remind religious diners of the sacrament of the Eucharist, when Christ declares that the bread is his body and the wine is his blood. What wine was served at that table and was it […]
Tuscany is home to almost 60,000 hectares of vineyards. From February 9 to 18, the regional wine previews, held in Florence, San Gimignano, Montepulciano and Montalcino, provide an opportunity to find out more.
Regular readers will know all about Florence’s The Wine Talks this summer. Writing about wine is part of my job, visiting cantine and interviewing winemakers. But the bread and butter of my work is reporting on Florence: sadly, in recent months more and more headlines have emerged about the city’s Gen Z falling prey to […]
It would be unforgivable to visit the pretty hilltop town of Capalbio and not bask in the sunbathed vineyards that comprise Monteverro’s verdant estate. Picturesque towns, spellbinding views and the purest nature bejewel the Silver Coast, a short distance from the Lazio border. Located on the main road leading from Capalbio to the […]
Don’t miss #RuffinoCares #WineWednesday, an events showcase in Italian and English celebrating the culture of wine every Wednesday from June 20 to September 26 in piazzetta dei Tre Re, co-curated by Ruffino Wines and The Florentine.
It was too good to be true. “I have a friend who’s a winemaker,” said Ambrogio, my Italian literature teacher, “and he’s suggested that I bring some students out there this summer.” Two months later it was mid-August, and the seven of us were thoroughly installed in the guest house at a Chianti cantina. Every […]
If the sun-kissed stones of Villa Medicea Di Lilliano Wine Estate could tell a story, it would be one of ambition, royalty and change. The History The villa began life as a lookout tower in the 11th century, garnering strategic importance in the 15th century […]
Wine is perhaps the most culturally symbolic beverage in recorded Italian history. Inextricably linked to Tuscany’s genetic makeup, the drink is one of the region’s oldest businesses, an industry recently subject to somewhat of a Risorgimento. In the last decades, international world-class varieties (especially French) have shared the limelight with traditional local grapes. In this […]