Several weeks ago, I got to (briefly) attend a Tuscan wine tasting in Chicago. Since I could only swing by, I narrowed my tasting down to a few varietals I had not tasted before, Ciliegiolo and Vernaccia. Ciliegiolo is traditionally used in blends such as Chianti, but a winery at the tasting, Il Lebbio, had it as a bottling on its own - definitely lived up to its name, "Cherry."
Vernaccia di San Gimignano was a revelation to me. I love finding a new white varietal that has a uniqueness to it. My favorite of all the wines I tasted was the Poderi Arcangelo Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Basic (they also have a Selection Terra del Lago, blended with Chardonnay, which I thought took away some of the uniqueness). 100% organic, a huge plus in my book, this varietal was not blended with anything and really shone on its own.
Poderi Arcangelo sits between the towns of Certaldo and San Gimignano, in the Tuscan hills. The land around Siena is naturally suited to the production of the finest olive oils and wines such as those that the Mora Family has been producing for years in their farming estate Poderi Arcangelo. The vineyards of Poderi Arcangelo cover 23 hectares of land, about 250 metres above sea level, at about 5,000 plants per hectare. The cultivation is strictly organic as no synthesis chemical products, like herbicides and insecticides are used. Agronomic interventions such as husking and a careful management of the land, ensure improved results. Varietals grown include, for the white grapes: Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chardonnay, Trebbiano and Malvasia and for the red grapes: Sangiovese, Merlot, Colorino, black Canaiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon.
They are also a destination, with a Tuscan farmhouse inn providing lodging for a visit to Tuscany. Poderi Arcangelo Agriturismo in Tuscany is the result of the renovation of 3 old Tuscan farmhouses dating between 1600 and 1700, re-created maintaining the characteristics of the original style and creating an elegant oasis. They also produce an organic olive oil onsite, which is, as many of us know, a great accompaniment to a good glass of Tuscan wine. Should I find myself in Tuscany, I definitely plan on making a visit here.
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