Many different kinds of Pecorino cheese adorn a shop in San Gimignano in Tuscany. What is your favorite?
Last summer I visited this lovely winery, caseificio (CHEESE!) and olive farm located in San Casciano Val di Pesa, roughly halfway between Florence and Siena in Toscana. Nestled in a remote location with breathtaking views of the countryside, it’s well worth the drive. We had the normal tour of the place, learned about the cheese and olive oil production and then settled down to TASTE!
We often forget to enjoy the view as we spend hours behind the camera lens. This picture shows what happened when we arrived at Il Greppo winery near Siena – a photographic hog-heaven of sorts. I’m curious, what sorts of body contortions will you do to get the perfect shot? Anyway you look at it, it’s complicated!
This is the amazing view from Castello di Monteriggioni in Toscana. As the sun set after a long day of touring, wining and tasting we settled in at the Fattoria, Castello di Monteriggioni near Siena. Before dinner we walked all around this little town where there are no autos allowed. Built in the early 1200’s, Monteriggioni is an excellent example of a medieval walled town. You can find mention of this fairyland in Dante’s Inferno. Photo taken in May of 2012.
I spied these stylish Italian beehives during a splendid afternoon and evening at Agriturismo Il Greppo, a lovely winery and bed/breakfast located somewhere between Siena and Montepulciano. Before dinner and as the sun was setting amongst the vineyard, we were treated to tour of the grounds, the production room and a full round of wine tasting. As a result I left with an entire case of Vino Nobile. Il Greppo wines are based on the Sangiovese grape. and their main production is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. We also tasted Rosso di Montepulciano, Chianti and Vin Santo. Una bella esperienza!