by Salvatore Spatafora - 17 December 2021
A trip out of town can only be to a winery: we are in Tuscany, a region that has written some of the most beautiful pages of Italian oenology. Our advice is to head for the DOCG area of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, in the province of Siena, just over an hour's drive from Florence. Perched on a hill in the Val di Chiana is Tenuta Vallocaia, a project launched in the 1980s by Swiss food and wine entrepreneurRudi Bindella, a great lover of bien vivre: the winery tour is dotted with fragments of Roman capitals and friezes in the barrel cellar and tasting room, which interact with bronze sculptures and paintings commissioned from contemporary artists. New this year is Vallocaia's Cucina di Vallocaia , with authentic traditional Tuscan dishes - most of the produce comes from the estate's vegetable garden - prepared by chef Luca Biancucci and served with Sangiovese, the appellation's main grape variety. The strength of the structure is certainly the spectacular, futuristic glass window that amplifies the view of the vineyards and Montepulciano: in the wine shop you can taste and buy all the wines from the cellar and a selection of products from the short supply chain such as pasta, biscuits, sauces and preserves, jams, honey and truffles, all strictly Made in Tuscany.