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Updated: May 2

The Fontodi Vineyard


In the heart of Tuscany, a group of friends embarked on a journey guided by Marco, a local expert, to Fontodi Winery and Osteria le Panzanelle. At Fontodi, they were immersed in the winemaking process, led by owner Giovanni Manetti, experiencing the passion and dedication behind each bottle, particularly the flagship Flaccianello della Pieve. They then indulged in a culinary extravaganza at Osteria le Panzanelle, where traditional Tuscan dishes were expertly paired with Fontodi wines, culminating in the iconic Bistecca alla Fiorentina. Amidst laughter and camaraderie, they savored every moment, creating memories that celebrated the essence of Tuscany: friendship, exquisite food, and world-class wine, against the backdrop of rolling vineyards and golden sunsets.

In the heart of Tuscany, where the sun kisses the rolling hills and the air is perfumed with the scent of vineyards, a small group of firends, from across North America embarked on a journey of sensory exploration and culinary discovery.

Their destination? The Fontodi Winery, renowned for its Flaccianello della Pieve wine, and Osteria le Panzanelle, a rustic trattoria nestled among the vine-clad hills of Chianti Classico.

Guiding them through this day of epicurean delights was Marco, a local-based wine merchant and expert whose passion for his homeland and its gastronomic treasures was palpable. As they gathered at the entrance of Fontodi Winery, Marco welcomed them with a warm smile and a twinkle in his eye, promising a day filled with unforgettable experiences.

Their adventure began with a leisurely stroll through the vineyards of Fontodi, where rows of Sangiovese and other indigenous grape varieties stretched out in all directions. Marco regaled the group with tales of the winery's rich history, tracing its origins back to the 1960s when the Manetti family first acquired the estate. He spoke of Fontodi's unwavering commitment to organic and biodynamic farming practices, which imbued their wines with a sense of terroir and authenticity that set them apart.

As they meandered through the vineyards, Marco shared his insights into the art of winemaking, from grape cultivation and harvest to fermentation and aging. Each step of the process was explained with passion and precision, giving the group a newfound appreciation for the craftsmanship and dedication that went into every bottle of Fontodi wine.

Villa Pecille at Fontodi Winery, Panzano, Chianti, Italy

Arriving at the winery's cellar, the group was greeted by Giovanni Manetti, the charismatic owner and winemaker behind Fontodi's acclaimed wines. With infectious enthusiasm, Giovanni led them on a sensory journey through the cellar, where the scent of aging oak barrels mingled with the heady aroma of fermenting grapes. He spoke of the challenges and joys of winemaking, sharing anecdotes and insights gleaned from decades of experience in the industry.

As they sampled Fontodi's flagship wine, Flaccianello della Pieve, Giovanni's eyes sparkled with pride. This bold and elegant red wine, crafted from hand-harvested grapes and aged in French oak barrels, captivated the senses with its layers of complexity and depth. Each sip revealed new dimensions of flavor, from ripe black cherry and plum to hints of tobacco and spice, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

After a morning of exploration and enlightenment, it was time to indulge in another of Tuscany's greatest pleasures: its cuisine.

Osteria le Panzanelle in Lucarelli, Chianti

Marco led the group to Osteria le Panzanelle, a charming trattoria nestled in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Here, they were treated to a feast of local flavors and traditional dishes, expertly paired with Fontodi's finest wines.

The meal began with a selection of antipasti, including bruschetta topped with ripe tomatoes and fragrant basil, and crostini adorned with creamy Tuscan pecorino. These appetizers were accompanied by Fontodi's Chianti Classico, a vibrant and expressive red wine bursting with notes of red berries and spices.

Next came the primi piatti, featuring homemade pasta dishes such as pappardelle al ragù di cinghiale (pappardelle with wild boar ragu) and ravioli di ricotta e spinaci (ricotta and spinach ravioli) drizzled with golden olive oil. These hearty dishes were paired with Fontodi's Vigna del Sorbo, a Sangiovese-based wine of exceptional finesse and elegance.

Bistecca alla Fiorentina

As the afternoon unfolded, the pièce de résistance arrived at the table: the famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a mouthwatering T-bone steak grilled to perfection over an open flame. Served with a sprinkling of sea salt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, this iconic Tuscan dish was the perfect accompaniment to Fontodi's Flaccianello della Pieve, a bold and powerful wine with a velvety texture and long, lingering finish.

Amidst laughter and lively conversation, the group savored each bite and sip, savoring the harmonious marriage of flavors and textures that epitomized the Tuscan culinary experience. They exchanged stories and shared their favorite moments of the day, from the breathtaking views of the vineyards to the unforgettable flavors of the food and wine.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a rosy glow over the vineyards, Marco raised his glass in a toast to friendship, good food, and the timeless beauty of Tuscany. And as they bid farewell to Fontodi Winery and Osteria le Panzanelle, they carried with them memories that would last a lifetime, a testament to the magic of a day spent in the heart of one of Italy's most beloved regions.

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