We toured Tuscany for two weeks in September and had pre-booked the wine tour and 5 course lunch at Avignonesi for an afternoon. One of us was driving and therefore wasn't able to take full advantage of the amazing hospitality at this place. I strongly recommend that you hire a driver if you can. We visited and had lunch at two other estates during our stay but Avignonesi was quite simply in a different league.
After a glass of prosecco as a welcome gift we toured the winery. The winery tour-guide Lorenza, has a wonderfully warm personality and explains the history of the place, the production process and has a ton of wine related anecdotes that keep the hour long tour fun and interesting.
After the tour we were shown to a beautiful, glass walled dining room overlooking the olive trees and the vineyard. It couldn't have been more perfect. The white table linen, elegant stemware, the perfectly baked bread with golden Avignonesi olive oil and the food at each course served to make this lunch experience probably the best we've ever had anywhere in the world. The service was formal, brilliantly skillful and very friendly and knowledgable; something we rarely experience. It's well worth taking advantage of the Vin Santo tasting as it's just not that easy to experience this anywhere else in the world.
Back at the shop the staff will help you ship wine home. We bought a case and it arrived in Singapore within 2 weeks. The staff here have a habit of topping up your glass and making you feel extremely welcome. (hence the need for a designated driver)
Couldn't ask for a better experience.
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