Paterna Winery – Tuscany

Tuscany’s Paterna winery is proud of its certified organic status, but they’re even more proud of their commitment to working with people with special needs. They call the practice Agricoltura Sociale where those with disabilities are given a place in a rural setting. This philosophy also applies to their visitors, having made their Bed &… Continue reading Paterna Winery – Tuscany

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The Complex World of Organic Certification in Italy

Organic wines would be much more widespread in Italy if legislation and organizing entities were more unified, producers say. In my talks with wine producer over the years, certain themes keep popping up: the expense of certification and the length of the time needed to be certified, but the confusing number of certifying entities is… Continue reading The Complex World of Organic Certification in Italy

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Mannucci Droandi – Organic Winery Saves Extinct Varieties In Tuscany

The Campolucci Vineyards of Mannucci Droandi.

Mannucci Droandi is a winery in the Valdarno area of Tuscany near the town of Montevarchi. The Valdarno is an ancient wine making region and is part of the province of Arezzo. Wine has been part of Arezzo’s history for centuries. The people living in this part of the peninsula were the mysterious Etruscans. An… Continue reading Mannucci Droandi – Organic Winery Saves Extinct Varieties In Tuscany

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I Dolomitici – Likeminded Trentino Winemakers Join Forces

Many Italian producers are moving towards sustainable, organic and biodynamic viticulture practices, but the panorama of who is doing what is still very fragmented and dispersed. That is one reason that I found the group I Dolomitici so refreshing. At Vinitaly in 2012, I met the owner of Azienda Agricola Vilar di Spagnolli Luigi. He… Continue reading I Dolomitici – Likeminded Trentino Winemakers Join Forces

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Il Conventino – Organic Wine in Montepulciano

Il Conventino, one of a handful of wineries in Montepulciano that produce organically farmed grapes, was recently awarded the coveted Tre Bicchieri status from the Italian guide, Gambero Rosso. The winery is in a privileged location between the Val di Chiana and the Val d’Orcia, and its 5 hectares of vineyards are located at between… Continue reading Il Conventino – Organic Wine in Montepulciano

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Capitoni – Organic Winemaking in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia

The beauty of the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany has been celebrated since the Renaissance, earning the region its World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. I had the good fortune to sit down with one of the wine producers from this area that is blessed with such beauty, Marco Capitoni. The Capitoni have been farmers in… Continue reading Capitoni – Organic Winemaking in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia

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