Michelangelo Buonarotti’s Self Portrait Sculpture In Siena

The land where we make wine is in the province of Siena. It takes about 40 minutes from my house in Sant’Angelo in Colle, depending on how fast you drive, to get to the historical centre of Siena. Siena is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Italy and it is also home to the Enoteca Nazionale, which is a wine store and education studio where you can learn about and taste wines from all the regions of Italy. There are many amazing works of art and things to see in Siena. In 2009 the Duomo of Siena unveiled four restored statues by Michelangelo Buonarotti, including his depiction of San Paolo (St. Paul) which is considered the Renaissance master’s earliest self-portrait. This is just one of the many amazing things to visit this summer if you are coming to the Montalcino and Sant’Angelo in Colle wine... Read more >

The Pool At The Agriturismo Farmhouse Of The Tenuta Il Poggione

  Above you will see the view from the pool at the Tenuta Il Poggione “agriturismo” farmhouse swimming pool.     The Farmhouse is an original “casa colonica” in the heart of our estate, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. If you want to learn more about Il Poggione Agriturismo, click here.     This is one of the olive groves that you can see from the Agriturismo. If you would like to join this summer on our estate, please send me an email to:... Read more >

Castiglione della Pescaia Summertime Vacation

Herewith a photo of sunset at Castiglione della Pescaia, where I often take my summertime vacations on the coast of our Tuscany (this photo was realized by Marco Caruso Fotografia). Many people come to the wine country in the Tuscany for the summer vacation but there is also the beautiful Tuscan coast where you can take the bath, eat the seafood, and enjoy the beautiful landscape and the sunsets. Herewith the "official" website of Castiglione della Pescaia with many interesting and useful resources and... Read more >

Abbey Of Sant’Antimo A Place To VIsit Near Montalcino

One of the most beautiful and most famous sites in the Val d'Orcia is St. Anthimus's Abbey, Abbazia di Sant'Antimo in Italian, a Benedictine monastery that dates back to the Middle Ages. (Here's the link to the abbey's official site: http://www.antimo.it/.)  To visit the abbey is to return back in time. If you consult the official schedule of the abbey, you can visit during the services in which the friars still use ancient Gregorian chants in Latin. It is one of the most inspiring experiences of any sojourn in the Val d'Orcia.  This detail above from the abbey reveals its Romanic origins.  Sant'Antimo also gives its name to the Sant'Antimo DOC, which is Montalcino's appellation for blends that include international grape varieties. Here's the Italian Trade Commission link for... Read more >

Our Recommendation To Eat In Montalcino: Trattoria Il Pozzo

The summer is almost here and many of our friends in the U.S.A. are inquiring about where we like to eat in Montalcino. One of our favorite "trattorie" is the Trattoria Il Pozzo in the village of Sant'Angelo in Colle where we live. Herewith the website and address and telephone number: website Trattoria Il PozzoPiazza del Pozzo 2Sant’Angelo in Colle +390577844015 There my father and I eat the "pici" with ragù di cinghiale. And we eat the "bistecca fiorentina", always accompanied, it goes without saying, by Brunello di Montalcino by Tenuta Il... Read more >