Having lived in Tuscany for two years only to return to the USA I missed wine, and that's an understatement. My boyfriend and I decided to return to Tuscany 6 months after I last lived there. He had never been to Italy and thus I was playing tour guide. He had a list of things he wanted to do/see and I only had one thing in mind- finding wine and making sure I could bring it back to the USA with us.
Exhaustive searching lead me to Castello di Monterinaldi. The drive to Radda in Chianti from Florence was quite easy and very picturesque. (You can also take public buses from Florence.) Prior to our arrival I was in contact with Fabrizio via email who informed me of the different tours available.
We opted for a tour with snacks. The tour was conducted by Sara who speaks several languages. Since my boyfriend only speaks English it was performed in English but her and I talked for some time in Italian. She was informative and allowed questions along the way. She showed us the grounds, the processing area, the first wine press at Monterinaldi, as well as some other parts of the grounds before leading us back inside where snacks were waiting for us. We tasted Chianti, Chianti Riserva, a young olive oil, Vin Santo from 1975, and a few others which I can't recall at this moment. All were presented with no pressure to purchase.
The snacks were divine! So fresh, and delicious. They included a Tuscan flat bread, Tuscan bread (without salt), cheeses, and several different cured meats. Another group arrived while we enjoyed our tasting and snacks and yet we never felt rushed. Finally, once we were finished and at our discretion, I inquired about the prices. The best part, since we live in Massachusetts where wine can not be shipped to without an import license, we found the prices inclusive of shipping to be fair. We made our purchase and left there talking about the great afternoon we experienced.
We can not wait to return in 6 months to purchase more wine and visit Monterinaldi again.
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