Sunday, 26 October 2014

Making wine in terracotta containers - conference in Impruneta November 2014

Leonardo Parigi of Terracotta Artenova located in Impruneta, the terracotta manufacturing centre not far from Florence, is sponsoring what should prove to be a very interesting conference on making wine in terracotta containers. The use of large terracotta jars for wine making has a long history in Georgia and was taken up by Josko Gravner in Friuli many years ago. Terracotta Artenova started producing terracotta jars similar to the huge olive oil orci used in Tuscany, fitted with the appropriate lids to render them suitable for wine production.

Making wine in terracotta containers
The mark of Terracotta Artenova terracotta wine jars.
A number of wine-makers have been sufficiently intrigued to take up the challenge and it will be possible to try some of these wines in Impruneta on 22 and 23 November 2014. The name of the conference is:

Terracotta and Wine - experiences of wine-making from around the world

A meeting taking place at the historical terracotta works, Fornace Agresti, in Impruneta on 22 and 23 November 2014.

The programme begins on Satuday, 22 Nov. at 10 am and the talks from 11 am to 1 pm are as follows:

Prof. C. Caillaud (Vienne): The use of terracotta for the transport and processing of wine: from Roman amphorae to the tinajas of Spain.

Prof. G. Barisashvili (Tbilisi): The culture of kvevri (Georgian terracotta amphorae), past and present.

Prof. L. Armanino: Preliminary investigation on the evolution of Barbera d'Asti terracotta.

Prof. A. Tirelli (Milan): Characterization of "Cerasuolo di Vittoria" in terracotta.

The from 3 pm to 5 pm there will be a guided wine tasting, "Biodynamic wine and terracotta", conducted by Adriano Zago.

Next day, Sunday 23 Nov., the programme opens again at 10 am.

At 11 am there will be another guided wine tasting, "Wine and terracotta in Italy and around the world", conducted by Francesco Bartoletti.

At 4.30 pm there will be a musical event featuring the soprano Sofia Folli and the tenor Tiziano Barbafiera with the choir Coro Polifonico del Chianti Fiorentino e Senese.

Wine producers from Italy, France, The USA, Australia, New Zealand, Georgia, Armenia and Montenegro will be participating.

Wine production using terracotta containers (giare)

For more information, contact Terracotta Artenova at: terracottaevino.artenova@gmail.com

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Luxury suites at a new boutique spa vacation accommodation in Tuscany, Italy

Today I want to tell you about a discovery I made recently near Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany. Restoration and conversion have recently been completed at Vitigliano, a wonderful boutique spa resort consisting of seven luxury vacation suites and a comprehensive wellness spa. I was amazed at the beauty and luxury of this project. The owner, Marion Hattemer, and her husband, Kiyan, have spared no effort nor expense in creating an oasis where every creature comfort is provided for in surroundings of enormous natural and artistic beauty.

View from Vitigliano Relais and Spa over the swimming pool to the Chianti hills of Tuscany
View from Vitigliano Relais and Spa over the swimming pool to the Chianti hills of Tuscany

The location is phenomenal, even in a part of Tuscany where panoramic views are the norm. Vitigliano was very likely a Roman settlement and is documented from as early as 1085 in the archives of the nearby Abbey of San Leolino. The oldest building still in existence today is a thousand years old. The location was chosen by its founders for the panoramic vistas in every direction, which were, at that time, of principally military value. After the definitive conquest of Chianti by the Florentines, farm buildings grew up around the watch tower and the resulting borgo became the property of the Verrazzano family, who, like us, surely admired the views for their beauty much more than for their soldierly significance!

Pool and grounds at Vitigliano Relais and Spa in Tuscany, Italy
View past the pool to Vitigliano Relais and Spa in Tuscany, Italy

After passing through the hands of a number of prominent Tuscan families, Vitigliano became the the property of the present owner who set out to create the ultimate relaxation and wellness centre in Tuscany. From the luxury suites with their dazzling interior décor, through the kitchens, the conference facilities, the hammam, whirl pool and gym to the swimming pool, gardens and chapel, Vitigliano combines the ancient with the modern, super luxury with maximum comfort.

Spa room at Vitigliano luxury boutique hotel in Tuscany Italy
Spa room at Vitigliano luxury boutique hotel in Tuscany Italy
The kitchens at Vitigliano are equipped for gourmet cookery and a skilled chef is available to prepare meals and banquets, and to provide cooking lessons. The grounds, pool, chapel and conference facilities make Vitigliano and ideal spot for an important events such as a Tuscan wedding or team building incentive occasion, as well as simply a luxurious Tuscany vacation accommodation.

A luxury suite at Vitigliano Relais and Spa in Tuscany, Italy
A luxury suite at Vitigliano Relais and Spa in Tuscany, Italy
Sig.ra Hattemer told me that it is possible to rent the entire borgo or individual suites and combinations of suites. Vitigliano opens officially in summer of 2015 and is taking reservations now. I can't imagine a more beautiful location nor more luxurious amenities and accommodation than at this beautiful spa, just an hour south of Florence in the middle of the Chianti Classico wine region.

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