Between the red leaves of October and the first chills of November you can tell Winter is about to arrive, but you can find some comfort with the upcoming “OLIO NOVO”!
It is now olive harvest time in Tuscany and in few weeks olive oil lovers (which includes most everyone in Italy) will be able to get that first taste of the freshly pressed oil.
In Tuscany, harvesters begin picking olives around mid October and work well into the month of November, and olive mills, or frantoi, are open around the clock to get all of the olives pressed in a timely fashion.
After last year tragic “fly illness” of the Olive trees, which gave a zero oil season as a result, you can see splendid olives on our trees, and we can’t wait to try that fresh, green, peppery, fruity, spicy taste that only Tuscan new oil can give…yummy on toasted bread with garlic!!!
A liter of oil direct from the producer should cost between 7 and 9 euros, while shops will sell a liter for about 10 euros. Experts warn consumers to watch out for offers that sound too good to be true. There are many tricks of the trade, and it is wise to always check the provenance of the oil before purchase, as well as its colour, smell, and taste, if possible.
For those who can’t get enough of new oil, there are several festivals and fairs celebrating what is one of the most important food crops from this region, but we suggest to drive around our stunning Chianti region, enjoy the changing colors and stop by at any azienda agricola to try and buy!
Acquapietra is so lucky to be very close to Azienda Agricola LE CORTI, where you can follow every step of the production, discover their amazing frantoio and try the green gold for 14 euro!
Hurry up, we wait for you with our special winter rates, starting with 84 euro per night!
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!
Wish to enjoy an amazing Tuscan meal in the surroundings?
Here are a few of our favourite spots for dining around here:
The most famous is probably Dario Cecchini, our world-famous poet/butcher who sings Dante while cutting the most delicious Fiorentina Steak in front of you!
You can have different tastings of excellent meat here…just choose amongst Dario DOC, Officina della Bistecca, Solociccia and so on!
In Panzano in Chianti (20 km from us)
on the way to Panzano you will find a road sign to Valigondoli, a tiny little village with 12 houses, one of which hosts another one of our favourite Restaurants, DA PORDO!
This is a cosy and traditional family run trattoria where you can taste some of the most typical dishes of the area such as Wind boar sauce tagliatelle or fried Chicken and /or Hare with fried vegetables…mouthwatering!
You can sit either in the stone little halls or in the fresch veranda overlooking the stunning landscape.
Valigondoli (10 km from us)
If you want to stick to the San Casciano area you would still be spoilt for choice!
In the central Via IV Novembre you find a mouthwatering Pizza at la Carbonaia, with a very cosy location and friendly staff,
Then you’ll come across the good old Nello with its traditional yet a little more refined menù than a regular Trattoria, in a cosy and homey location…amazing Fiorentina Steak!
If you keep on walking you would find the Antica Fiaschetteria del Chianti a lovely and traditional wine-bar on a corner, with tables outside, where you can try local wines, cured meat and traditional dishes…
After that the road opens up onto Via Macchiavelli, where you find the ancient Osteria Caffè del Popolano, about 100 years old restaurant!
With a slightly longer walk (totally worthy) you would reach the Viale San Francesco, in front of the Church, here you will find the excellent Cinquedivino restaurant, with a breathtaking Fiorentina steak, a lovely “dehors” and sueperkind hosts…
If you want to stick even closer to Acquapietra, you should try The Gallo Giallo trattoria, in an old farm house, just 3 km away from us on the way to Mercatale and Greve. It is a family run restaurant with a strong tradition and passio for the typical Tuscan cuisine.
The closest place for a lovely meal is the Osteria Le Corti , inside Villa Le Corti, the stunning white castle you see while reaching Acquapietra, where the Prince Corsini and his family live.
The Corsini Family, that owns the land where Acquapietra is located, produces amazing wine in their organic vienyards, and invites guests to visit their winery and cellars, and to taste their wines and specialties in a stunning location: a cross-vaulted cellar where you can dine suspended on hundreds of ancient barrels where they store their wine.
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And if you don’t want to move around after a sightseeing day, you can still cook your own delicious pasta in Acquapietra Kitchen and enjoy it in the intimacy on our terrace, enjoying the unique light and landscape!
On a bright and warm October Sunday afternoon we started wandering amongst the surrounding amazing hills looking for some new experience.
Close to Greve in Chianti, we found a wild and organic Goat Cheese Paradise, IL PODERE LE FORNACI…
He then took us in a cosy room with stunning fireplace and lovely vintage objects, where the cheese tasting experience takes place, here you seat and relax and enjoy some of their mouthwatering specialties such as the amazing fresh Caprino cheese and its infinite variations such as Crosta Fiorita, accompanied by bread, wine and organic honey from some other close organic farms.
Well their cheeses are amazingly fresh and savory and tasty…you might never stop eating them!!!!
Finally, while our little black dog Mira was playing with their sweet dogs Malva & Alita, Lea took us to the ” Caciaia” , the secret room where they prepare and store their white treasures as well as fresh goat milk, goatmilk jogurt and ricotta, and where of course we bought some Taleggio, some Caprino with poppy seeds and some Crosta Fiorita to take home!
How can you resist? Cheeses are delicious, location is super natural, staff is friendly and easygoing and cost is definitely reasonable.
You have to go there…and reservation is very welcome!
PODERE LE FORNACI
Via di Citille, 74
50022 Greve in Chianti (FI)
Tel +390558546010 • Fax 1786079201