Il Falconiere – Tuscany, Italy
When searching for art, monuments, museums, culture, history, food, wine, and of course, romance, Italy will always come up top on the short list. Strada del Vino Terre di Arezzo in Tuscany is offering all of that plus a true vineyard experience.
In addition to exploring museums, enjoying good food and learning how to cook authentic Italian cuisine, Strada del Vino Terre di Arezzo is also educating its guests on how some of the finest wines are produced and bottled.
Strada del Vino Terre di Arezzo spans across about 124 miles in the heart of Tuscany and includes 19 cities such as Cortona, the main cultural and art center of Tuscany; the medieval appeal and culture of Arezzo; and the religious center of majestic cathedrals located in Valdarno. This region of Tuscany is known for full-bodied wines such as Vinsanto di Chianti, Chianti DOCG, and Cortona DOC.
Established in 2000, Strada del Vino Terre di Arezzo is an organization made up of private and public institutions that aim to bring together vineyards and wine companies. Today, it has grown to a membership of 180 participants, including farms, inns, wineries, wine bars, and restaurants. Among that list are a small group of villas that specializes in the perfect Tuscany experience.
One of the villas, Il Falconiere Relais & Chateaux, is a classic Tuscan villa dating back to the 17th century. The first thing anyone immediately notices is its serene countryside locale and elegant décor. Each of their twenty rooms is uniquely designed with their own color and décor, representative of classic refinement of Tuscan homes. Inspired by the famous book and movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, the villa holds daily cooking classes personally taught by the owner, Silvia Baracchi.
Switching gears to Valdarno, the Tenuta il Borro offers a completely different accommodation experience by matching modern hospitality with a medieval setting. Owned by the Ferragamo family, the Il Borro is surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields. Fully taking advantage of the landscape of the Pratomagno mountains, the Il Borro currently has 45 hectares of vineyards, all of which are between 300 and 500 meters above sea level, giving it optimal viticulture conditions for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.
The third accommodation variety is the Mannucci Droandi estate. Unlike the Il Faclconiere Relais & Chateaux and the Il Borro, the Azienda Agricola Mannucci Droandi estate focuses on farming and winemaking traditions. It’s characterized by a large, square stone farmhouse sitting in wild, unspoiled countryside, where the woods almost dominate the few cultivated areas.
Last but not least of the notable accommodations in the Strada del Vino Terre di Arezzo, is the Azienda Agricola La Torre. The La Torre compound was once Chiassa Superiore’s fortification site, a medieval Lombard castle. Today, the building is much more approachable with a paved interior courtyard connects the main residence to the adjoining farmhouses. The Relais consists of five suites, a reception hall, and a historical chapel established in 1756.
Located on the hills of Arezzo, La Torre’s wines are known for having very fruity notes. In addition to producing wine and olive oil, the sweet “straw wine”, Vin Santo, is also one of La Torre’s specialties. With food, wine, culture, history, and nature, Strada del Vino Terre di Arezzo is a one stop vacation spot that gives you the most complete Italian experience.