This past trip to Italy was unique and extremely special. I loved traveling to new spots and tasting cuisines from various regions of Italy. It was only natural to wander away from the more tourist spots that can be busy in the European summer months and sample what more remote Tuscany has to offer. And boy did it not disappoint!
When I lived in Siena, Italy during college days I had a fabulous and still very much out of this world Italian teacher that took us to many places to best experience the culture, art, and history. What better way to learn right?! During this visit she traveled with our group to a special place in her heart, Fattoria Del Colle, the 16th Century vineyard of her matrimonio. This villa was the perfect back drop for an afternoon lunch and wine tasting. Every view was breathtaking!
I wore a sundress for the hot weather, as it's impossible to stay cool under a cypress tree. I loved the detailing on the back and the loose comfortable fit. This was a day to remember, getting to wine taste and tour the grounds. The scenic views weren't short of a fairy tale and I was so happy to have met the owner herself, Donatella. This fabulous female makes it a point to keep the vineyards tradition of educating and employing predominantly female staff to run the business. Throughout generations this Italian family has continued with this tradition. The winery even has a vino named Cinderella to symbolize its history. It is home to some of the best chianti and brunello of the region.
Special grazie to Barbara and Donatella for sharing such a wonderful spot in Tuscany with our group that day!