Wine tour at Dievole

Dievole

The wine estate Dievole is located in the Chianti Classico area, one of the most popular wine region of Tuscany between Siena and Florence. Dievole overlooks the wonderful vineyards and olive groves. It covers an area of 400 hectares within the Chianti Classico territory in Vagliagli.

Dievole vineyards

Dievole is an old winery founded in the 11th century. This Italian winery has a thousand year history. Today Dievole is owned by an oil tycoon from Argentina Alejandro Bulgheroni and is part of a network of wineries in Tuscany: Chianti Classico, Bolgheri and Montalcino.

The winery Dievole produces elegant wines such as Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Vin Santo and IGT white wine. But they make also other Italian great wines: Bolgheri DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.

Wine tour

During the wine tour we discovered the history and the taste of Dievole wines. We were with a small group of 9 persons (it is necessary to pre-arrange this wine experience).

Wine Tasting room Dievole

Our guide waited for us at the wine shop. She started with a brief introduction to the wines and the history of Dievole. After a small talk we walked through the vineyards, the historic wine cellars and tasting rooms. After the tour we started with individual tastings of the quality wines including good cheeses and local meats.

Our guide was really knowledgeable and she answered all of our questions. It was a great wine experience at Dievole. The complex Dievole looks really amazing with good manicured gardens and great views over the vineyards. The is tour is about 2 hours long and we tasted 6 wines.

Review

Everything from the wine, food pairings and lunch were top quality. We brought some bottles home. It was a wonderful experience. Therefor… I will be back for sure for an other wine tour!

Not only wine experience

Wine and Food

The nicest part I love of the Wine and Food Experience is meeting people and sharing my passion for wine. I love tasting wines in good company.

All my guests come from everywhere: America, South Africa, Holland, Belgium, Italy… The Wine and Food Experience always starts by telling the history of Montepulciano and the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Montepulciano is situated in the center of an area rich in history, art and wine. The village is only at a stone’s throw away from Pienza and 40 minutes drive from Siena.

Montepulciano

Did you know that the locals call themselves “Poliziani”? Which was the former Roman name of the town? And that Poliziano also the name was of a local humanist and famous writer (Angelo Ambrogini) living in Florence and born in Montepulciano?

Some identification detail of the Vino Nobile

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a precious product and was the first classified wine as DOCG. It is the “King of all Wines” : F. Redi 1685.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano with homemade pasta

The local economy in Montepulciano is mainly agriculture and tourism. The wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a symbol of the village Montepulciano. Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile) is the grape that gives the wine an identity. A wine that achieves an unmistakable taste, after 2 years of aging in wood.

Food is also an important item while drinking tannin wines. Tannins provide texture and structure in a wine. The flavors that appear in the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are mostly plums and cherries.

A pairing principle of the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano with food is that it interacts with rich, fatty and salty dishes, like wild boar, meat, pasta with ragù and old cheeses. They diminish the perception of tannins, making a wine like Vino Nobile more smoother.

Local pasta

In Montepulciano, Montichiello, Pienza and Montalcino is the most renown dish “I Pici”. A thick handmade pasta of local flour water and few salt.

In the Cantina of Gattavecchi the restaurant offers a wide choice of Tuscan specialties. I love the local pici, especially the Pici all’aglione. The “aglione” is a spicy garlic tomato sauce… yummy!

Yesterday I had a lovely group of American guests who had the chance to do an amazing experience with chef Lilian. She showed us how to make home made pasta.

Homemade pasta
Cook Lilian

New logo Sylvia Italy

Het heeft even geduurd, maar ik ben blij jullie mijn nieuwe logo te presenteren waarmee ik hoop in de toekomst nog meer herkenbaar te worden met hetgeen wat ik doe in Italië op het gebied van wijn en running.

Dit logo is ontworpen en bedacht door Marco Angeletti. Ontwerper en designer van menig groot bedrijf in Italië. Grazie!

Recent ben ik geslaagd voor mijn Fisar Sommelier diploma niveau 3. Wat betekent dat ik nu gediplomeerd sommelier ben. Bij mijn examen moest ik alles weten over wijn, en het uitserveren van wijn. Van de 19 kandidaten waren er maar 8 geslaagd. Fisar Sommelier word je dus niet zomaar, daar moet je drie jaar lang hard voor leren. Maar het is me gelukt, en ik ben hier heel trots op.

In de tussentijd ben ik gestart met Wine and Food Experience in Montepulciano. Dit doe ik samen met Cantina Gattavecchi. Elke week heb ik gasten met wie ik de prachtige experience en mijn grote liefde voor de wijn Vino Nobile di Montepulciano mag delen. De recensies zijn vooralsnog positief en dat is heel fijn.

Daarbij heb ik in juni mijn eerste Run and Wine Experience met gasten uit Engeland. Een rondje hardlopen langs de wijngaarden rondom het plaatsje Montepulciano met prachtige vergezichten en een wine surprise na afloop. Ik ben benieuwd!

Dit alles zou mij wellicht niet gelukt zijn zonder medewerking van mijn collega Saskia van Villa in Umbria, Marco, Tiziana Mazzetti en vrienden/collega’s van wijnhuis Gattavecchi.

Maar misschien heb ik dit nu ook verdiend. Het gaat goed met me. Sylvia Italy gaat mooi worden. Daar ga ik voor!