My wife and I took Angie's Castle & Wine tour in late May. We had a fun, small group with Barbara as our guide. Barbara was very genuine and truly expressed an interest in wanting all of us to enjoy our day, as well as our time in Tuscany. She suggested La Casalinga ("the housewife") for dinner and it turned out to be my favorite place for steak.
Our first stop was at Castello Di Poppiano. The tour of the castle was great and so were the products. We purchased olive oil and their Tricorno (super tuscan). Next, we stopped for nice lunch that included a few different pastas to taste, bread with olive oil, salami, prosciutto and cheese, and coffee. The meal was accompanied by some wine. We sat on the enclosed patio due to the rain, but it still had nice views of the countryside. After lunch we hit our second and last vineyard, Solatione. The tour of Solatione was shorter. While not a merlot drinker, Solatione's merlot was unlike anything I have ever tasted. So, we had to buy some of that too, along with their excellent vin santo. Before heading back to Florence, we stopped at a small, quaint town called Greve. Here we had some free time to walk around and to try the famous butcher's products. This was also the town that Verrazano was from. If you are from the the NY tri-state, you will understand why this may be of some interest.
Would I recommend the tour? Yes, without a doubt. If you are a red wine drinker, these are smaller producers that you are most likely not able to purchase in the U.S. They make excellent wines, so treat yourself and send some home. Just be prepared to spend about $50 per bottle after factoring in shipping. Our wines arrived in four weeks. Grazie Mille Angie and Barbara for a terrific day!
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