The driveway of the "Cosimo Maria Masini" Farm is the classic Tuscan cypress avenue, a splendid welcome postcard. On the sides the Tuscan countryside with its gentle hills and golden yellow wheat fields.
As soon as the house dog arrived, he took care to sniff me to understand who I was while the sly cat just raised his head and then went back to sleep in the shade. Gabriella, the American girl who takes care of the tastings, welcomed us smiling, telling us about her passion for wine and for Tuscany and her desire to stay in Italy to learn the secrets of the divine nectar. We immediately liked her very much.
We took a tour of the vineyard that slopes down towards the valley and she showed us the purple grapes ready to be harvested since it is September and he explained the meaning of "biodynamic wine". Different from organic.
In this case, in addition to not using chemicals, the production also follows the phases of the moon, giving a different production from year to year but extremely natural and fascinating. Biodynamics does not use chemical fertilizers and is intended to help plants regenerate the soil through biological activators.
Balanced nature, planets and stars create a healthy, good and tasty food.
The explanation is fascinating.
Gabriella shows us the fossils found in the vineyard, a very important element that gives minerality to the wines and also sought after on these hills by Leonardo da Vinci.
In the cellar they do not try to have the same product every year because the climatic conditions, the nature will be different with each harvest.
It is pleasant to listen to Gabriella and follow her from the vineyard to the winemaking rooms. He explains that they still work a lot by hand and after admiring the red-tinted square he shows us a wonderful room that is the vinsantaia.
The scent is amazing and the 4 years of rest of the wine that will become vinsanto are collected in those rooms full of poetry and romance. The wait, the hope that the harvest will be "an excellent year".
We then visit the barrel cellar made up of French oak barriques and then sit down for the tasting.
All wines except Chianti have the names of the members of Mrs. Masini's family. Gabriella explains with intensity, she is never too intrusive and lets us taste the wines accompanying them with local cold cuts and local food.
We start the tasting with white wine, Annick which will prove to be my favorite despite the fact that the area is more suited to reds.
We continue with another white, the Daphné to arrive at an antipical white, with a slightly orange color. We then arrive at the tasting of the reds where my favorite is Cosimo, a wine produced with Sangiovese over 60 years old, Cabernet and mixed varieties. Do not miss the Chianti too, soft and highly appreciated chilled before serving.
The explanation of the wines is precise and pleasant, the palate lets itself be pampered by observing the surrounding landscape, thanking mother nature for this wonderful gift.
A wine tasting in this corner of paradise is definitely a pleasant experience not to be missed in the Chianti hills. The wines are excellent, Gabriella is an exceptional host and the view is wonderful.
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