This year Chianti celebrates its 300th birthday. But why only 300 years? Surely Chianti wine is as old as the region’s hills? After, all viticulture in Tuscany can be dated back to Etruscan settlements in the 8th century B.C. However, as regards what we now know as Chianti Classico, it all started 300 years ago. […]
Spend Fall with us in Piedmont
“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…” Keat’s Ode to Autumn could have been written with Piedmont in mind: from its dramatic hills and atmospheric early morning mists come the Nebbiolo grape, which gives birth to some of Italy’s finest red wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco.
Italy’s second largest region is also its most elegant, with the vibrant city of Turin as its stately capital. The land is a mecca for gourmets and it is no coincidence that the ‘Slow Food’ movement was born here, amidst the breathtaking landscapes and the vine covered hills of Asti and Alba. Stellar wines and outstanding gastronomy make this a hedonist’s paradise and the Fall is the perfect time to experience it all: see the grape harvest, enjoy porcini mushrooms and search for truffles with a local trifulau (truffle hunter) and his dog. If you fail to find any, don’t worry…you can purchase them at Alba’s spectacular annual white truffle fair held during the months of October and November or savour them with fresh egg tajarin pasta at one of the region’s wealth of fine restaurants or rustic trattorias.