At the beginning of december we were so lucky to have the chance to access a very special dining night at the Corsini’s Villa historical kitchens, just 1.5 km away from Acquapietra Guesthouse.
The family infact decided to open their amazing spaces to the public, and organized a very intimate dinner occasion, with 2 tables for 8 people each only, to be enjoyed in the ancient kitchens, dating 1500 more or less, where the servants used to cook for the aristocrats.
We were welcomed in the beautiful Enoteca Corsini to be then walked through the Villa’s garden to an inner patio, where a little staircase led to an underground tiny “degustation” room, with a tiny kitchenette probably used for breakfasts only and some lovely vintage employees’s lockers, where we sipped a delicious sparkling rosé wine the family produces (Principe Corsini Rose – Vino Spumante).
Then we passed to the real kitchen and were surprised by its warmth and spaciousness, as that there was room enough for the dining tables, the service tables and the stunning ancient stove…
We took our seats, dressed with unusual ancient pottery and cutlery, as well as with very chic silver candle holders.
3 wine glasses stood in front of each one of us for degustation during our dinner of the 3 main wines of the family, Le Corti (Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo with 12 months part in cement tanks and part in barrels ageing), Cortevecchia (Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo with 20 months in barrels and in tonneaux; plus 6 months in bottle ageing) and Don Tommaso ( Sangiovese, Merlot with 15 months in french barriques plus 8 more months in bottle ageing), all prepared with grapes coming from around our house!
Taken by irresistible curiosity we started sneaking around for all those precious details, such as the bread-cutter, the eggs-holder and some other unknown stuff…together with some mouthwatering anticipation of our dinner…
The kitchen also showcases a giant antique fireplace, a giant marble sink with a giant draining rack…it seems they used to prepare for big numbers!
With my passion for vintage stuff i fell in love with the stunning objects collections, such as teapots or copper pots and very many other objects i could not take pics of…
The dinner was excellent, with some traditional pheasant pate, delicious handmade eggs pasta with traditional deer ragout, “polpettone” with sweet baked onions and a lovely huge cream puff. The cost is definitely reasonable as with 35 euro only you get a great dinner with excellent wines and a truly unique of experience both of a very rare space and as well of a very intimate and unusual atmosphere.
We strongly recommend not to miss one of these dinners if you have the chance to book one (they only arrange them on some evenings during the year) and in any case a visit to the Villa and cellars.
Their contacts: www.principecorsini.com,
Villa Le Corti
Via S. Piero di Sotto 1-5, 50026 San Casciano
Tel. +39 055829301 Fax +39 0558290089
A few days ago i was invited by Booking.com to a meeting with all Chianti area B&B and hotels owners at these amazing “Cantine” in Greve in Chianti.
I had never had the chance to see them, so i was surprised by the beauty of the premises and the way you could feel history amongst their walls.
The huge wine cellars were built in 1893 to host the first wine-makers union and then passed a few hands till they became property of the Falorni family (very well-known butchers and excellent cured meats producers), who made it the biggest wine-bar in Greve In Chianti, with more than 1000 wines of which a 100 can be tasted from the innovative Enomatic System, that you run with a card on yourself.
The staff is always happy to help to choose the wines though, and you can sneak around to see the impressive creativity of wine labels.
A corner of the shop displays some excellent products of the area, such as truffles, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and you can just sit and enjoy the delicious cured meats of the famous Macelleria Falorni…
They are located in Greve in Chianti and are always open between 11 am and 8 pm, except on tuesdays, Christmas and January 1st, check their website: http://www.enotecafalorni.it/#!home/mainPage and don’t miss it!