The next little video we did was about the fortified village of Montefioralle, located just above Greve in Chianti. This was such a cool little village which started as early as 1085! The defense walls are still intact and walking through the tiny town was like going back in time. I sort of wished I was wearing some fabulous Italian Renaissance dress and was walking through the streets of my little village on the way to the market. One can dream.
We had an amazing lunch at Taverna del Guerrino where we happily ate pasta on their balcony overlooking the rolling hills and the winery that produces their house wine. It was such a great little town to explore, and I'd highly recommend making the trip if you're in Greve. You can easily walk to Montefioralle, but it's uphill the entire way, so we were lazy and drove up there, parked, and then walked around to our hearts' content.
So I'm kicking myself because I only started filming halfway through our stay in Greve in Chianti so I really can't do a proper tour of the whole town, I wish I had! It was an incredible place and a perfect spot to kick off a wine tour of Tuscany.
While not everything in town, here's what was featured in the video.
Enoteca Falorni: The wine tasting room to end all wine tasting rooms. Several of the enotecas we went to in Italy had a pay as you go enomatic system, which was a great way to try the wines we wanted. Basically you get either a prepaid or pay as you go card, then put the card into the machines and choose which wine and the amount that you want. You're charged by the amount of wine you try. Each wine is priced differently and there is a selection of inexpensive to very expensive wines that you can pay to taste. This place had such a cool vibe with jazz music and bricked walls that made you feel like you were in an underground fancy wine cellar. They had over a hundred wines, all from the local regions. Since we only had a few days in Tuscany, this was a great way for us to try wine from the places we didn't get to see in person.
Viticcio Winery: One place we did get to visit in person was Viticcio Winery. We contacted them before our trip to set up a tour and tasting of their wines. They did not disappoint! We had a fantastic tour guide who walked us through their vineyards and the production facilities. We had the tour to ourselves and the winery happened to be bottling that day, so we were able to watch the bottling while enjoying some of the Chianti Classico. The tasting was also fantastic with a selection of meats, cheeses, bread, and of course their wine. We picked up a bottle of the Classico to take home with us and enjoy later, and we definitely wished we had picked up a few more.
Ristorante La Bottega del Moro: This was our favorite restaurant in Greve. It was suggested to us by our host at the agritourismo and it was incredible! It's a family run restaurant that specializes in local Tuscan cuisine, and the dishes we had were absolutely amazing. The pasta dish shown in the video isn't just your typical bolognese, it had a slight orange flavor which somehow complimented it perfectly and just took the pasta up a level. I've been desperately searching to find a recipe to try to recreate this, but so far I've had no luck. We followed it up with a peppery beef stew that Kacey has already demanded I replicate. This one has been slightly easier to find recipes for, but I'm sure I won't be able to perfectly capture the taste. If you're ever in Greve, I 100% recommend this restaurant!
We had such a good time in our agritourismo in Greve in Chianti that we decided to film a little video while we were there. It was a beautiful and relaxing place and we just had to share! It was a little cold when we were there in early May, but I bet it would be even more lovely in summer and fall.
We were looking for a small working vineyard to stay at while we were in Chianti, and stumbled across this one online. They didn't have any online booking options, and everything was done over email so we really didn't know what to expect when we got there. But it was worth the small amount of extra hassle! The property and rooms were great. Ettore and his wife were wonderful hosts and were more than happy to show us around the property and talk about how they organically farm and produce their wine and olive oil. They had great recommendations of where to eat locally and what to go see, and they even provided us with a bottle of their wine to enjoy in the apartment! We wish it had been a little warmer and less rainy so we could sit outside and enjoy the patio and views, but I suppose that just gives us an excuse to go back again someday.
Find more information on Pian Del Gallo: http://www.piandelgallo.eu/home.html
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