Updated: Nov 14, 2019
One of the pleasures of traveling in Italy is getting to know Italian wine. I'm no wine expert but I've been fortunate to spend time with a lot of people in Italy who known wine and in doing so I've come to understand that Italians think of wine as a natural resource, a companion to food, a link to the ancient past and a tradition to be preserved. Writing this I'm thinking of a past trip taken where I once again visited the vineyards of Capezzana to sit at the table with the Contini-Bonacossi family for a memorable meal accompanied by their internationally acclaimed wines.
After lunch my friend Fiorella took me on an epic wine journey as we drove through the hills near Torrenieri Montalcino Siena to Tenuta Vitanza. I met with owner Rosalba Vitanza to talk about her philosophy of wine making and to descend three levels down in a stainless steel and glass panoramic elevator to view the cellars, tasting rooms and laboratories of Vitanza where resident sommelier, Lyllian Mele gave us an insider's look into the Brunello's of Montalcino, the Chianti's of the Colli Senesi and the Super Tuscan IGT "Quadrimendo".
Another great tasting to add to my wine log. Read more about wines we have know at