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The Alchemy of Wine
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Wine tasting in Italy is almost a required part of every visitor’s experience of the country. Today you take a step beyond tasting as you become a genuine winemaker in one of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions, Chianti Classico. A renowned wine expert is your guide for this exceptional wine experience at one of the most splendid wineries to visit in Tuscany. Be spellbound by the rolling Chianti hills, draped in swathes of vineyards like broad brush strokes across the landscape. Learn the art of wine tasting and wine making before you roll up your sleeves and create your own blend.

More than a sommelier

Your day is awash with wine and laughter when you travel to the heart of Chianti with sommelier Filippo Bartolotta, renowned wine expert and author.  Self-proclaimed “globe trotter, wine teacher, taster and journalist,” Filippo uses his exceptional wine experience and sparkling wit to enliven your wine tasting day as he educates you about the intricate processes employed in the effort to turn a simple fruit into a divine drink.  From the moment you set off together, Filippo regales you with tales of his experiences in the wine sector, from overseeing the “Italy at Your Table” gala dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to penning his recent book where he craftily matches famous authors with specific Italian wines, to hosting the Obamas’ wine tasting experience in Tuscany last year, Filippo has no shortage of insight and knowledge, all of which he shares with you in his own inimitable style...

Your day is awash with wine and laughter when you travel to the heart of Chianti with sommelier Filippo Bartolotta, renowned wine expert and author.  Self-proclaimed “globe trotter, wine teacher, taster and journalist,” Filippo uses his exceptional wine experience and sparkling wit to enliven your wine tasting day as he educates you about the intricate processes employed in the effort to turn a simple fruit into a divine drink.  From the moment you set off together, Filippo regales you with tales of his experiences in the wine sector, from overseeing the “Italy at Your Table” gala dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to penning his recent book where he craftily matches famous authors with specific Italian wines, to hosting the Obamas’ wine tasting experience in Tuscany last year, Filippo has no shortage of insight and knowledge, all of which he shares with you in his own inimitable style.

Filippo takes the glorious backdrop of Chianti Classico, the most ancient core of the Chianti wine region, and wraps it around you like an elegant velvet cloak.  Take a long cool drink from this fountain of information about the area, the history, the winemakers and their wines. Filippo began his long career in the wine sector at the knee of his grandfather, watching him pressing grapes and helping him make wine.  He now teaches, lectures, and professionally tastes wines for major publications and his unique style has earned him the unofficial title of “Sommelier to the Stars.” His banter will keep you smiling as the wine flows and your knowledge expands.

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A castle in Chianti

You wind through the graceful Valley of Elsa, the narrow roads barely marking the boundaries between silver green olive groves and extravagant vineyards, their vines marching in neat rows like Roman soldiers long ago. Lulled by the gentle countryside, suddenly you spy looming on a hilltop a large imposing stone castle, the contrast of its strong square lines breaking the soft vegetation of the landscape.  Castello Della Paneretta is a 14th century castle built on the site of medieval fortress. The tall square tower reminds you this has been a lookout point for centuries, and what a place to look! Misty Val d’Elsa unfurls below the castle in a riot of subtle shades from gold to green to grey to auburn, and you see the richness of the agriculture for which the Chianti region is so rightly famous...

You wind through the graceful Valley of Elsa, the narrow roads barely marking the boundaries between silver green olive groves and extravagant vineyards, their vines marching in neat rows like Roman soldiers long ago. Lulled by the gentle countryside, suddenly you spy looming on a hilltop a large imposing stone castle, the contrast of its strong square lines breaking the soft vegetation of the landscape.  Castello Della Paneretta is a 14th century castle built on the site of medieval fortress. The tall square tower reminds you this has been a lookout point for centuries, and what a place to look! Misty Val d’Elsa unfurls below the castle in a riot of subtle shades from gold to green to grey to auburn, and you see the richness of the agriculture for which the Chianti region is so rightly famous.

Centuries of history, family and vision give the castle its picturesque qualities, with frescoes painted in the 1500’s still adorning the loggia of the internal courtyard.  You’ll discover the Castle’s long winemaking legacy, which began in 1596 and continues today with the current winery that was founded in 1984 when the Albisetti family acquired the castle.  The Albisetti family’s philosophy is one based on their desire to continuously exalt the territory, using the warm climate, sea breeze and excellent soil composition to produce wines that are rich in aromatic profile, fresh and austere, made with carefully selected indigenous grapes.

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Winemaker for a day

Journey into the exciting and seductive world of wine with Filippo Bartolotta to guide you on your way to making your own wine.  You spend the day deep in most historic wine region of Tuscany, learning how these timeless wines are produced. You will see the vineyards planted completely with vines descended from ancient indigenous grapes that have never been moved or replanted with more common international varietals.  Discover the ancient story of Tuscany’s most important grape, sangiovese, and enjoy learning from Filippo as he brings wine production to life with his rollicking enthusiasm and power as a raconteur...

Journey into the exciting and seductive world of wine with Filippo Bartolotta to guide you on your way to making your own wine.  You spend the day deep in most historic wine region of Tuscany, learning how these timeless wines are produced. You will see the vineyards planted completely with vines descended from ancient indigenous grapes that have never been moved or replanted with more common international varietals.  Discover the ancient story of Tuscany’s most important grape, sangiovese, and enjoy learning from Filippo as he brings wine production to life with his rollicking enthusiasm and power as a raconteur.

Descend the old stone steps and smell the timeless woodsy perfume of the castle’s wine cellar, its cool, damp air infused with the tangy scent of the grapes.  Taste the wines and experience their connection to the land they grew in. Filippo helps you to unlock the elements of each wine’s scent profile, structure, body, freshness and finish.  You will find the true Chianti Classico wines, a far cry from the mistaken image of poor quality wines sold in bottles cradled in straw. With your nose tingling and your mouth watering, you begin the task of creating your own blend under Filippo’s supervision.  Draw samples from barrels and learn to blend, basing your choices on your personal wine style preferences. Employing all the wine experience you have gained, you will create your own unique wine, christen it with a name of your choosing and design a label to grace the bottle you will carry away with you.  Celebrate your new career as an expert winemaker with an aperitivo on the terrace, watching the sun bathe the valley in golden light, wishing the vineyards of Chianti sweet dreams.

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