Caressed by the breezes that brush the Sienese clay ... the slopes of the green Amiata volcano makes us breathe the refolo from the Sea that caresses the Sangiovese diVino: the thousand aromas of the "soul land" and all the experiences to live them
Here .. every perception becomes evocative .. the wind is a kind of mysterious breath of the planet, a breeze that blows in the morning in the direction of the sea and that ... in the evening returns, warmer, to inland .. And more ... a "not silent" silence, as the voice and language of nature, of the universe. ”On the hills, villages and isolated monuments of extraordinary charm, oaks, olive groves, vineyards where Brunello and other great wines of this are guarded part of Tuscany. To the west, the landscape ends with Monte Amiata, the no active highest volcano of Italy, which gently stretches its slopes merging with the wild Maremma. To east, the undulating Crete Senesi lands , that ending into Orcia valley. And if it is precisely this balance between the opposites, the "volcanic" Amiata and the limestone Crete, which makes the Sangiovese divine .. for us it becomes rapturous magic .. The Amiata is woman and mother and the Crete is warm family. Amiata, strong mother, who, in her wood, preserves the ancient wisdom, a profound knowledge with which he raised his large family made up of simple and strong men and women: lumberjacks, charcoal burners and carpenters have always found their source of subsistence in the woods. “The mountain with its chestnuts was our mother, she nursed us, with chestnuts ”, which was food and art, and cured .. with those sulphurous waters that flowed in the belly of the great volcano, now inactive, which ending into Valdorcia, .. with the amazing and wilde thermal baths of San Filippo. The Crete Senesi, sweet family hearth, who protected pilgrims and sharecroppers, dividing the fruits of the characteristic "grance" , typical barns to store cereals and foods. The warmness of the Crete is perceived in every season through its extraordinarily different colors, green in spring, yellow in summer, gray and all the colors of light in autumn and winter, because clay like the scenes of a stage changes color and becomes colored with every change in the sky! And slowly travelling in this land ... it will allow us ... to listen to the sounds .. and to perceive their extreme spirituality .. the same that has been able to crystallize in art Jean-Paul Philippe, in harp melodies Lorena McKennit, in evocation, like the Bosco della Ragnaia, Sheppard Craige ...
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SIENA AND MONTALCINO: MEDIEVAL TOWNS AND BRUNELLO
Being in Tuscany and not being fascinated by the Middle Ages and Brunello is impossible, here it is an identity for every city and village, but some more than others know how to recall the atmospheres : Siena and Brunello the two highlights...third Saffron or Pici !!
So our journey today will be a discovery of Siena and Montalcino where Brunello is, like Barolo, the unmissable stop in Italy for any wine lovers! So we will start from the top by visiting one of the boutique winery which, here, is even more difficult to select! The beauty and art contamination of the cellars is not enough, the historicity of the cellars is not enough, philosophy and style of winemaking are not enough .. but here, as for Barolo, the breezes of Mount Amiata in the wine! The trend of the season, vineyard by vineyard, year after year, changes the aromatic nuances of each Brunello for, those who are the 350 producers of the highest quality, and who: divide the lands in 4 sides of this single tiny wine village called Montalcino! Only by climbing the Rocca, which overlooks and watches from its maximum altitude, will it be possible to understand the difference with Piedmont: here the smallness and the immensity of the view to lose the vineyards is the only concentration .. magical! Once in the wine cellar everything is very simple: visit and tasting to talk! After the wine tour, a light but gourmet lunch stop is a must! These will be the two important foodies pit stop of today. Then Siena, reached only by crossing what was the medieval Via Francigena to Rome, is the symbol of intimate beauty that crowns those of the lands of the Crete Senesi, admired in the passage. Unique beauty where the earthy colors of the earth between brick red and golden yellow blend and are interrupted only by the white travertine of the majestic cathedral as in the gullies of the Crete. A walk in the narrow alleys and in its main street between shops and palaces and the glimpses of its spearheads in terms of beauty, will be the rest of our day! [....]
I VIAGGI DEL GUSTO- Via Dell'Oriuolo, 17 - Florence- Italy
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