Siena Day 5 & 6 The Palio

We arrived in Siena on market day and enjoyed a lunch in the Tuscan tradition Porchetta sandwiches.

 

One of 4 stands selling warm porchetta at the Siene market

One of 4 stands selling warm porchetta at the Siene market

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  On our way to our anniversary dinner at Enoteca Italia we watched the contradas of several neighborhoods. We are residing in the Goose Contrada and our horse won the tratta (practice race)! 

 

A panorama of Il Campo (town square) before the tratta

A panorama of Il Campo (town square) before the tratta

The race was amazing and our dinner at the Enoteca (wine museum) Italia was quite an experience.  We enjoyed the cave filled with examples of wine from each Italian region.  The modern art was also stunning. The unanimous favorite was this one! 

 

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We woke up to meet our new friends Luca and Ava Gattavecchi in the town of Montepulciano.  The town's grape Vino Nobile is one of the finest Sangiovese clones and grows well on the limestone and tuffu soil surrounding the old hilltop village.  

 

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The Gattavecchi family ownes 84 acres of vines and grows 40 more acres under contract.  We were given a tour of some of the oldest vineyards that were planted by Luca and Johnathan's father. These Sangiovese are 50 years old and produce high quality but low yields at 3.5 tons per acre.

 

Luca explains how to thin vines to achieve propper crop load

Luca explains how to thin vines to achieve propper crop load

After our tour of the vineyards, we were taken into the walls of the old city.  There, Luca introduced us to his brother Johnathan and took us into their Cantina which is built over an ancient Etruscan tomb.  Just like so much of Italy, we saw a Christian Church on top of ancient religious ruins that predate Chritendom by hundreds of years.

 

The cantina 3 stories deep under the church/trattoria

The cantina 3 stories deep under the church/trattoria

Etruscan burial chamber. 3 stories underground and hewn from solid rock of limestone and tufo.

Etruscan burial chamber. 3 stories underground and hewn from solid rock of limestone and tufo.

Then we ate and drank a 3 course meal with 6 courses of wine. Amazing! 

 

Appetizers, 3 types of pasta (beef, duck and pommedoro) followed by dessert all perfectly paired with Vernacchia, Chianti Colli, Sangiovese Toscana, Sangiovese Reserve, Vin Santo and Vin Santo Montepulciano Reserve.

Appetizers, 3 types of pasta (beef, duck and pommedoro) followed by dessert all perfectly paired with Vernacchia, Chianti Colli, Sangiovese Toscana, Sangiovese Reserve, Vin Santo and Vin Santo Montepulciano Reserve.

What an amazing day.  It is impossible to say thank you after such an mazing gift of time, friendship and food. It is such a blessing.  Thank you!