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Tuscan Sun Festival 2014 in Florence Italy

Français : Le Palazzo Vecchio à Florence, vu d...
Français : Le Palazzo Vecchio à Florence, vu de la Place de la Seigneurie English: Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, as seen from Piazza della Signoria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The statues in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.
The statues in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The equestrian statue to Cosimo I de' Medici, ...
The equestrian statue to Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, by Giambologna, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Boar head, statue of Heracles and Cacus by Ban...
Boar head, statue of Heracles and Cacus by Bandinelli, Piazza della Signoria in front of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Piazza della signoria Florence
English: Piazza della signoria Florence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
View at Piazza della Signoria from the front b...
View at Piazza della Signoria from the front balcony of Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here was hanged and burnt Girolamo Savonarola....
Here was hanged and burnt Girolamo Savonarola…. Plaque Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tuscan Sun Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary celebration of music, lifestyle and arts. It is held in Florence.

There are evening musical performances and daytime events including art exhibitions and workshops with visual artists. The festival includes discussions with literary figures at Palazzo Strozzi.

WHEN: JUNE 9 – 16, 2014

The Tuscan Sun Festival is an arts and lifestyle event with world-class concerts, wine and culinary events and wellness classes.

Some of the world’s finest musicians gather together each year to perform at the Sun Festival.

During the day, visitors can take part in Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga classes. There will also be cookery demonstrations with a Relais & Châteux chef, readings with literary figures and discussions with artists. Gala dinners will be held in collaboration with local wine makers.

 

A vertical panorama of a copy of the statue of...
A vertical panorama of a copy of the statue of David by Michelangelo on the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. Nederlands: Een verticaal panorama van het standbeeld van David door Michelangelo op het Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italië. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attend Culinary sessions with some of Tuscany’s chefs and winemakers. Here’s a link to the Gastronomic adventures: http://www.tuscansunfestival.com/culinarywine/

Food events fall under the Festival Heading of ‘Nuove Tradizioni’. The multi-disciplinary event venues range from the town’s 400-seat  Teatro Signorelli to famous squares like Piazza Signorelli and hotels.

Deutsch: Der Neptunbrunnen von Giovanni Bologn...
Deutsch: Der Neptunbrunnen von Giovanni Bologna, Ausschnitt, Piazza della Signoria, Florenz, Italien English: The “Fountain of Neptune” by Giambologna, fragment, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy Français : La “Fontaine de Neptune” par Jean de Bologne, détail, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Angela Gheorghiu
Cover of Angela Gheorghiu

In the past, artists have included: soprano Angela Gheorghiu, flautist Sir James Galway, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, violinist Nigel Kennedy, cellist Nina Kotova, pianist Valentina Lisitsa, pianist Ivo Pogorelich, actor John Malkovich, directors Gabriele Lavia and Maurizio Scaparro as well as violinist Maxim Vengerov, who will appear in Teatro della Pergola.

James Galway
Cover of James Galway

 

Monument to Girolamo Savonarola in Piazza Savo...
Monument to Girolamo Savonarola in Piazza Savonarola, Florence, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Execution of Girolamo Savonarola in the Piazza...
Execution of Girolamo Savonarola in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Too bad Savonarola isn’t around for this one! Tickets are available at: Tuscan Sun Festival

For more information visit www.tuscansunfestival.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com


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Enjoy a Spectacular Vino con Vista in Italy’s Wine Regions

If you follow my posts, you know that I adore Italy’s intoxicating Vino con Vistas! Italy is one of the world’s most alluring travel destinations with captivating panoramic vistas of majestic mountains and volcanoes surrounded by the glistening sea.

La collina di Bacco
La collina di Bacco (Photo credit: gigi 62)

I am an advocate of Wine Tourism and Culinary Travel. I even write Travel Guides called “Vino con Vista.” I have traveled the peninsula and identified my favorite places to enjoy “Wine with a View.”

Vineyards in Gaiole in Chianti in the Chianti ...
Vineyards in Gaiole in Chianti in the Chianti Classico region (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The micro-climates of regions from Piedmont to Sicily provide the nations’s wine producers with abundant resources and endless opportunities to produce highly regarded wines. There are over 300 varietals cultivated across the peninsula from the foothills to the southermost islands. Wine tourim is enhanced by the nation’s flourishing culinary culture that spawns superb cooking schools and world-class gourmet farm-to-fork chefs.

Tuscany, Italian wine region of Chianti
Tuscany, Italian wine region of Chianti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Vin Santo e Cantucci in Milan, Italy.
English: Vin Santo e Cantucci in Milan, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My favorite wine always pairs well with art, architecture and the best age-old culinary traditions; think Vin Santo with cantucci/biscotti while watching the Palio in Siena; that’s a Vino con Vista. I take great pleasure in the fact that Trebbiano grapes are used to produce wine that has been aged in a barrel with a cross on it. That’s the inherent charm of Italy.

Many towns, such as San Gimignano, were enclos...
Many towns, such as San Gimignano, were enclosed with walls, causing crowding and the building of tower houses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Thick, sugary Trebbiano juice leaving the bask...
Thick, sugary Trebbiano juice leaving the basket press from dried Trebbiano grapes being used to produce the Italian dessert wine Vin Santo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Italian wine Vin Santo with its traditiona...
The Italian wine Vin Santo with its traditional food pairing of Biscotti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A wine barrel with a cross on it designating t...
A wine barrel with a cross on it designating that it is being used to aged the Italian dessert wine Vin Santo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes,  I love wine that pairs with indigenous food. Although, I must admit that I have paired gelato with wine in San Gimignano; there’s no shame to that! Just don’t try it with Chianti Classico. I have been reprimanded by many Italian waiters for requesting grated cheese for my seafood pasta. They absolutely refuse; so I have to sneak grated cheese from my friends that are having pasta without seafood.

Late harvest grapes being harvested to produce...
Late harvest grapes being harvested to produce the Italian dessert wine Vin Santo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My travel plans frequently involve Wine and Food Festivals. Wine is produced and celebrated everywhere in Italy’s 20 regions. It’s a great place for touring and tasting.

Loading raisin grapes that have even been drie...
Loading raisin grapes that have even been dried on a straw mat or on the vine into a basket press to produce the Italian dessert wine Vin Santo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While Vin Santo wines are produced throughout ...
While Vin Santo wines are produced throughout Italy, the vast majority of production takes place in the provinces of Tuscany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Production of the Italian straw wine, Vin Sant...
Production of the Italian straw wine, Vin Santo, begining with Trebbiano being dried until they are raisin and concentrated with sugar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Agriturismo system is conducive to wine tourism because it provides accommodations for tourists at the wine estate. In addition, monasteries and castles have been converted into five-star hotels in many of Italy’s wine regions. Azienda Agricola Malenchini’s family run farm has been growing grapes and olives since 1830 www.malenchini.com.

Giuseppe Garibaldi - Portrait of an Italian Pa...
Giuseppe Garibaldi – Portrait of an Italian Patriot with Red Wine & Cabbage (Photo credit: Nino.Modugno)

I visited the Dievole Winery during one of my trips to Tuscany but next time, I will stay at the luxury Florentine Villa with two pools www.dievole.it. Go to Castello da Verrazzano and visit the historical working cellars and gaze at the wild boars www.verrazano.com. Visit Ristorante Enoteca Borgo Allegro with 400 labels of the best Italian and Tuscan wines www.borgoallegro.it

Italy's WIne Regions
Italy’s Wine Regions
Montalcino, Toscana, Italia
Montalcino, Toscana, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Brunello di Montalcino 2000 -  Il Marroneto - ...
Brunello di Montalcino 2000 – Il Marroneto – Vigna Madonna delle Grazie (Photo credit: dags1974)
Cantine Aperte is held on the last Sunday of May and offers outstanding opportunities for anyone interested in Italian wine. This is the day when many wine producers throughout Italy open their doors for a free tasting of their wines. There’s a great four-day annual Chianti Wine Festival in the town of Greve in Tuscany. http://www.greve-in-chianti.com/en/2010_wine_festival.htm
Tuscany is the home of Italy’s most famous wines made with Sangiovese grapes: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino.
Montalcino
Montalcino (Photo credit: littlestar19)
Brunello de Montalcino
Brunello de Montalcino

When you travel to Italy’s wine regions you can visit Col d’Orcia. They have been making wine since the 17oos. This producer is located on 1300 acres in Tuscany’s Siena province on the outskirts of the medieval hilltop village of Montalcino.  The vineyards occupy 370 acres on the hills between the Orcia River and Sant’Angelo in Colle. Col d’Orcia is owned by Count Francesco Marone Cinzano and primarily produces the Brunello clone of Sangiovese.

Brunello de Montalcino
Brunello de Montalcino
Italian wine region of Piedmont
Italian wine region of Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many interesting regions in Italy for Touring and Tasting. You can visit Piedmont, Tuscany and many of Italy’s major wine regions, from Alto Aidge in the north to Puglia and Campania in the south. You can travel to the islands of Sardinia and Sicily for more Wine Tourism Adventures. Furthermore, Apulia (Puglia), in the South of Italy is known for Primitivo and is emerging as an interesting destination for Enoturism. For more information, visit ViaggiareinPuglia.it.

Italian wine
Italian wine (Photo credit: toyohara)
In the Italian wine region of Piedmont
In the Italian wine region of Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Click on this link to see the Wine Spectator Maps of Italy: http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Italymap.pdf

Let’s explore some of Italy’s wine regions:

A food and wine pairing with the Italian wine ...
A food and wine pairing with the Italian wine Amarone from Valpolicella, Veneto. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The north-eastern Venato region of Italy is protected by the Alps. The cooler climates are suited to white varietals like Garganega; the warmer Adriatic coastal plaines produce Amarone, Valpolicella and Bardolino. Sparkling Prosecco is produced in this region.

Conegliano is one of Italy’s leading wine schools in this region. Every year, Verona hosts Vinitaly, the world’s leading Wine Festival.

Prosecco

An interesting range of wines which are unique to Italy are made with grapes that are dried in the warm air by laying them out on mats after harvesting. These recioto grapes make two basic styles of wine: Amarone della Valpolicella, which is vinified to be dry and very alcoholic and Recioto.

A Vineyard in the Italian wine region of Valpo...
A Vineyard in the Italian wine region of Valpolicella in the Veneto. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Amarone
Amarone

Casa Vinicola Bertani is one on the region’s most influential wine producers. Bertani was founded in 1857 by Gaetano and Giovani Battista Bertani. They are vertically integrated; they own the vineyards and control the entire wine-making cycle.

In 2004, the winter was cold and wet with an average spring. Summer was characterized by warm days and cool nights allowing for optimal ripening. The wine was aged in oak casks for 7 years and bottled in January of 2011.

Amarone
1980 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico from the Venato

The 1980 Spring had average temperatures and precipitation with a hot, dry summer. Yields were lower but fruit quality was high. The wine was fermented for 46 days and aged for 10 years in large Slovonian oak barrels. The wine was bottled in February of 1991.

Nebbiolo has a long history in the Alba region...
Nebbiolo has a long history in the Alba region of Piedmont. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Amarone

Italian wine
Italian wine (Photo credit: toyohara)

Ripasso and Recioto are also produced in the Venato; fermentation is stopped earlier for Recioto to capture sweetness. Try some Amarones and Reciotos from wineries like Alighieri, Masi and Allegrini.

English: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy - the village...
English: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy – the village Italiano: Barolo, Piemonte, Italia – il paese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Barolo
Barolo (Photo credit: verovera78)

The subregion of Piedmont called Langhe, is where the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco are produced. Piedmont produces complex red wines made from Nebbiolo grapes in the Barolo and Barbaresco appellations. Traditionally these wines age well and have an intense fruit flavor.

Other Piedmontese wines include: fruity Barbera and sweet Brachetto and Dolcetto. Sparkling Asti is made from the Moscato grape.

Produttori del Barbaresco - Barbaresco Docg 2006

In the Italian wine region of Piedmont
In the Italian wine region of Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cerretto, Gaja, Aldo Conterno and Giacosa are prominent producers in this area. Visit Cerretto’s headquarters at the Monsordo Bernadina winery outside Alba and then go to the town of Alba and have lunch at Ristorante La Piola in the Piazza Duomo. Alba is a picturesque medieval village that also produces Barbera.

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Piedmontmap.pdf

Ceretto - Barbaresco
Ceretto – Barbaresco “Asij” Docg 2007 (Photo credit: Doyouwine)
Italian wine made from Nebbiolo in Piedmont
Italian wine made from Nebbiolo in Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
the heart of Sicily
the heart of Sicily (Photo credit: Chiara Marra)

I love Sicily. Start your adventure in Palermo and travel to the wineries in Avola and the other beautiful towns in Southern Sicily. Visit the D0nna Fuggata Winery in Sicily. You will also adore Palermo, Cefalu, Taormina and the Aeolian Islands!

Vino Con Vista Sicily

Sicily 2009
Sicily 2009 (Photo credit: mad_76)

Sicily has a plethora of interesting sites and produces a broad array of bold wines. Have some Nero d’Avola as you watch a movie in the Greco-Roman Theater at the annual Taormina Film Festival. Spend the weekend at the luxurious San Domenico

Palace hotel, a former 15th century monastery.

Visit the Late Baroque towns in Southeastern Sicily where yau can tour and taste in the town of Avola. Dine at La Gazza Landra on Via Blandini in Modica ALta.

Vino Con Vista AmalfiCampania is another outstanding Vino con Vista destination. The smoldering volcano that destroyed Pompeii and Herculanuem generated fertile volcanis soil for growing grapes, lemons and olives. Pallagrello Nero, Aglianico, Biancolella and Fiano grapes are used to produce sumptuous wines in this region. Sip some Lacryma Christi del Bianco or Flanghina wine from your lounge chair at the beach or on your splendid terrace in the Amalfi Coast. This region produces plenty of limoncello.
Terraza del Vino 7
Terraza del Vino 7 (Photo credit: BodegaContiempo)
Italian wine region of Piedmont
Italian wine region of Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Piedmontmap.pdf

Ceretto – Barbaresco “Asij” Docg 2007 (Photo credit: Doyouwine)
Italian wine made from Nebbiolo in Piedmont
Italian wine made from Nebbiolo in Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
 

I love Sicily. Start your adventure in Palermo and travel to the wineries in Avola and the other beautiful towns in Southern Sicily. Visit the D0nna Fuggata Winery in Sicily. You will also adore Cefalu, Taormina and the Aeolian Islands!

Sicily has a plethora of interesting sites and produces a broad array of bold wines.

Vino Con Vista Sicily
Vino con Vista Sicily

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Sicilymap.pdf

Brunello di Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino

Italian Wine

Italian Wine

Brunello di Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2003 I...
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2003 Italian wine from Tuscany made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brolio

Sangiovese grapes in a vineyard of Montalcino,...
Sangiovese grapes in a vineyard of Montalcino, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuscany is one of the most popular destinations for wine tourism. You can visit the Chianti, Bolgheri, Brunello di Montalcino, Maremma and the Montepulciano appellation.

2006 Castello Banfi Belnero Toscana, I.G.T. fr...
Tuscany 2008
Tuscany 2008 (Photo credit: mzarro)

The Montepulciano grape is most widely planted on the opposite coast of Abruzzo; not the town of Montepulciano in Tuscany where Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made from Sangiovese grapes. The Vernaccia grape is used for white Vernaccia de San Gimignano.

Abbey of Sant'Antimo, Montalcino, Tuscany
Abbey of Sant’Antimo, Montalcino, Tuscany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A good example of the Italian wine Brunello di...
A good example of the Italian wine Brunello di Montalcino with partial Sangiovese cluster behind class. Just need to crop out the chickens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chianti and the towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano are the wine-producing regional rock stars in Tuscany!

The gallo nero seal of the Consorzio Chianti C...
The gallo nero seal of the Consorzio Chianti Classico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tuscany Cipresses
Tuscany Cipresses (Photo credit: Maarten Van Hoof)
English: Castle (Fortezza) at Montalcino, Sien...
English: Castle (Fortezza) at Montalcino, Siena, Italy. Photo taken by Type17, 18:50hrs June 24th 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best quality wines are the Riservas.

They generally come from Sangiovese grapes in the Chianti  Classico zone, which stretches from Florence to Siena. Try wines from Antinori, Castell’in Villa, San Felice and Isole e Olena. Try to attend the annual Chianti festival in the charming town of Greve in Tuscany.

Landscape in the Italian wine region of Greve ...
Landscape in the Italian wine region of Greve in the Chianti area in Tuscany, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A bottle of the Italian wine Chianti Classico ...
A bottle of the Italian wine Chianti Classico made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chianti sub-zone
Chianti sub-zone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Italian wine Brunello from Tuscany made fr...
The Italian wine Brunello from Tuscany made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sangiovese grapes on the vine in the Italian w...
Sangiovese grapes on the vine in the Italian wine region of Chianti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Tuscanymap.pdf

Chianti Classico

Montalcino
Montalcino (Photo credit: littlestar19)
English: The Municipality of Montalcino within...
English: The Municipality of Montalcino within the Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy Italiano: Il comune di Montalcino nella Provincia di Siena, Toscana, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: View of Montalcino from the Castle (F...
English: View of Montalcino from the Castle (Fortezza). Taken Sept 8th 2006 by me. Canon EOS 20D, 10mm focal length (16mm effective length) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rome‘s Wine Tourism is increasing. The Roman Hills and Frascati offer excellent Vino con Vista opportunities.

Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, Folio ...
Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, Folio 189v – The Communion of the Apostles the Musée Condé, Chantilly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Frascati
Frascati (Photo credit: twicepix)

Franciacorta

Prosecco

Beschreibung: Kiste mit Tignanello-Flaschen – ...
Beschreibung: Kiste mit Tignanello-Flaschen – eine Kostbarkeit. Fotograf: Benutzer:BMK 8/2004 Please send reference and voucher copy to BMK(at)clever.ms Bitte Quellenangabe und Beleg an BMK(at)clever.ms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bottles of Sassicaia
Bottles of Sassicaia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italian Wine

Sangiovese vines of Brunello di Montalcino in ...
Sangiovese vines of Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Map of Italy and its districts.
English: Map of Italy and its districts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There an annual fall wine festival in Greve in Chianti from September 6-9, 2012. Greve is on the Via Chiantigiana; the Chianti route to Siena. The Festival is held in Piazza Matteotti.

City Lights, France-Italy Border (NASA, Intern...
City Lights, France-Italy Border (NASA, International Space Station Science, 04/28/10) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

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