We arrived in Siena on market day and enjoyed a lunch in the Tuscan tradition Porchetta sandwiches.
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)!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Then we ate and drank a 3 course meal with 6 courses of wine. Amazing!
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!