Wineries

The estate of the Marquis of San Giuliano: Sicily’s citrus fruit, oil, and wine

After visiting the estate of the Paternò Marquis in Castello di San Giuliano, between Catania and Syracuse, English author Helena Attlee wrote: In Britain we...

Music from Cantina Dei in Montepulciano

Cantina Dei, in Montepulciano (Siena), is a reflection of founder Alibrando Dei’s greatest passions: wine, of course, and the beauty of travertine stone. The winery’s...

Villa Loggio Winery: nature, wine and culture of Tuscany

Villa Loggio Winery and Boutique Hotel, in Cortona, Arezzo, was built in the 17th century, floating in the wavy hills of the Chiana Valley, which...

Petra: wines that speak an ancient language

Petra, a winery in Suvereto (Livorno), was designed by Mario Botta, whom Vittorio Moretti entrusted with envisioning an “out of fashion” place with a...

Marco De Bartoli, Marsala wine, and Aristotle

According to Aristotle, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet”: perhaps Marco De Bartoli knew all along that he would be repaid for...

Cantina Tramin: cooperating for Gewürztraminer

Cantina Tramin, in South Tyrol, is the cradle of the Gewürztraminer wine variety. It was established in 1898 by a priest and politician, don...

Cantina Pfitscher: small vineyards, grand wines

Quality over quantity: Klaus and Monika Pfitscher’s goal is clear. Their long-lived family business, Cantina Pfitscher, was established ini 1861 in Montagna, Bolzano, a...

Friendship and wine in Barolo’s Castello Falletti

In 1830, the Marquis Falletti of Barolo welcomed in his castle, in the province of Cuneo, Italian writer Silvio Pellico (1789-1854), best known for...

Piovene Porto Godi, wine and waiting

The Piovene Porto Godi family knows how precious patience can be. They probably agree with French writer Honoré de Balzac, who once described it...

Castello Banfi in Montalcino

The Castello Banfi estate in Montalcino, in the province of Siena, is almost 3,000 hectares, including 850 hectares of vineyards. While Sangiovese and Moscadello...

Il Castello Banfi a Montalcino

La tenuta del Castello Banfi a Montalcino, in provincia di Siena, si estende per quasi tremila ettari, di cui ottocentocinquanta coltivati a vigneto. Si...

Itinerario nel Chianti

Colline dolci e aspre su cui si adagiano, in un continuo alternarsi, vigneti e oliveti. Poi zone boschive a fare da scudo alle importanti...

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The Royal Palace of Caserta and the wonder of time

by Barbara Palladino They’ve been hanging in the same spot since 1700, when Marie Antoinette gave them to her sister Maria Carolina...