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“wine-paired lunch with a lovely wine-making tour”

Principe Corsini - Villa le Corti
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Self-Drive Vintage Vespa Tour with Villa and Winery Tour
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Owner description: Principe Corsini Estate stretches out over a hillside covered with vineyards, olive trees and woodland. It is set in the very heart of Chianti on the main road from Florence to Siena, only 16 km south of Florence. The Renaissance Villa, one of the finest in Tuscany, stands on the highest hill in the very centre of the estate. The Italian garden overlooking the valley and the vast fourteenth century wine cellars and oil jar-storage, built into the embankment in the garden, complete the picturesque scenario.GUIDED TOURS AND WINE TASTINGThroughout the year, we offer guided tours of the cellars, the oil mill and the "orciaia" with explanatory tours of the winemaking techniques and olive pressing. The tours conclude with a tasting of the products of Principe Corsini.
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

15 April 2012...we visited in the rain but enjoyed a warm reception from Alessandra, a great tour with Rosa learning about wine- and olive oil-making, and a delightful "light" lunch (actually quite substantial) with 3 wine tastings (also substantial). First course was a light-as-a-feather rosemary & fennel flan (excellent). Second course was tortellini with ricotta & stinging nettle/herb (ortica) filling and a brown butter sauce (superlative). Third course was ziti with tomato sauce featuring garlic and parsley (good). Dessert was a vanilla bavarese (like jello made with cream but much finer than jello) with a rich chocolate syrup. Having been advised to save a little of each wine for the end of the meal, we found this paired well with the chiantis. We were so enchanted by the whole experience, we sent a case of the wine to my parents, to try to share the experience.

Thank lalacoco
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

Villa le Corti is definitely a must do experience! I visited the estate in March 2012 with some friends and our mothers. The property was recommened to us by our hotel concierge who maintained it is one of the best ways to spend a day in Tuscany and he was certainly correct! Upon our arrival we were met by our extremely knowledgeable tour guide who conveyed the history of the villa and the Corsini family in an engaging and entertaining way. Walking through the 17th century cellars was almost surreal and it was amazing to see the traditional way in which the wine is still stored and aged to this day! The Corsini coat of arms which are visible throughout the property represent the family's connection to the villa and the region which dates back to 1427, as a student of history it was jaw dropping to learn that the family had a pope, Clement the XII who comissioned the building of the hugely famous Trevi fountain in Rome. A highlight of the tour was visiting the formal Tuscan garden which whilst not being in bloom, was stunning and so meticulously maintained! After our tour we settled down for our wine and olive oil tasting. We tried the estate's three main wines, Le Corti, Cortevecchia and Don Tommaso...we loved all three so much that we ordered a case to be shipped back to Australia! We were enjoying ourselves so much that we decided to stay on for lunch where we had a delicious three course meal....the fennel, orange and pecorino cheese salad was outstanding and the tiramisu, the best we have ever had! The restaurant's atmosphere was incredibly pleasant and cosy. Our meal and the service in the restaurant was so enjoyable and hospitable that we decided to return a few nights later for dinner, where we tried the delicious wild boar from Marsiliana, the family's other estate in Southern Tuscany. Whilst we were sad to leave Villa le Corti when we learned of the estate's gorgeous B&B and the cooking classes offered in the authentic 17th century kitchen, we promised we would return soon and stay for much longer to again enjoy all that Villa le Corti has to offer!

Thank catherineS19
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Reviewed December 24, 2011

We took a bike tour and ended up for lunch at the Principe Corsini and had a delicious lunch (which even contacted the owner for their recipe for a wonderful lettuce potato soup!), we also are still enjoying the olive oil we purchased, it's absolutely decadent. Thank you for a wonderful visit and for sharing your recipe with us!

1  Thank Amy R
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

We enjoyed visiting Principe Corsini after a leisurely horseback ride through tuscany. We got a great tour to see how olive oil was made, how the three varieties of wine were produced, followed by a delicious lunch and wine tasting, after which we knew we better order some wine because it was the BEST WINE WE HAD EVER HAD! Can't wait for the shipment to arrive!

Thank Chelsea T
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

We were surprised not only how good the wines were, but also the tour they give is worth the trip if you are in the area! FYI...The wine and olive oil tasting is fee based.

Thank carriebleu
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