Guest Blogger – Part 2 – Italian Wine
Everyday I dream of the day where I will travel through Italy tasting all of its wines. With a baguette and divine cheese in hand, of course. When I began my blog and insta page a couple months ago one of the first people I began to follow was @thetuscantravelista. She shares the most gorgeous photos of Italy and its wines. Gives me major wanderlust! Anyways, when I began this guest blogger series of wines from around the world I KNEW I had to ask her to write one for me. I hope you enjoy this tour of the Almafi Coast and its Italian Wine as much as I did. Try and not be too jealous hehe.
Tenuta San Francesco Winery: A Vineyard Touching
As the Tuscan Travelista, my passion and love for Italia takes me on the most exciting adventures. Last June, I had the opportunity to spend a heavenly afternoon at @tenutasanfrancesco winery located in Tramonti on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast! I was part of a women’s small group tour, @travelitalianstyle where we had spent an amazing week visiting the Amalfi Coast! While we were staying in Positano, our driver took us along the beautiful, mountainous coastline and up to this heavenly winery located high up in the mountains! Upon arriving, I could feel the magic in the air from the estate.
Tenuta San Francesco is a family-run winery owned by four families whose mission is to encourage local agriculture and preservation. One of the symbols of the farm is a butterfly, which symbolizes the great attention paid to the preservation and protection of the environment. When we arrived, we were greeted by the charming Rafaella, one of the daughters of the family-run business.
Tour of The Vineyards
Rafaella, along with her sweet pup Emma, gave us a tour of the winery and the gorgeous vineyard! She explained to us how her family had owned this farmland and decided to revive the viticultural tradition of the land, when they established Tenuta Winery in 2004. She pointed out one of the four impressive centennial vines, a vine that is close to 500 years old with a massive diameter of about 15 inches!! Be sure to snap a picture for evidence, I know I did!
After our small intimate tour, it was now time to taste the wine of the Amalfi Coast! *my favorite part* We tasted four wines in all! Tramonti Rosato: a fruity rose, Per Eva: a light, white blend, 4Spina: a rare, red bold blend riserva, and E’Iss: a Tintor di Tramonti red blend of rare grapes, and translates to “This Is It” in Italian! The wines get their flavor from the local volcanic soil and the Anglianico grape, which gives them a delicious bold taste! I can truly say these wines we tasted were unique to my palette. My tastebuds loved every second of this wine tasting!
We also paired these wines with lunch prepared fresh by Rafaella’s mother, consisting of the most amazing homemade pecorino romano cheese known to civilization! We indulged in fresh melt-in-your-mouth burrata cheese, tomato caprese salad, homemade salami, beans, and fresh baked italian bread! In addition, we also tasted the families’ olive oil and grappa!! Delizioso!!
I enjoyed all the wine of this region so much that I ordered a case of wine to be shipped back home!! The visit to this winery was a memorable, authentic, Italian experience! We felt like family with our gracious hosts at all times! I would highly recommend a visit to @tenutasanfrancesco Winery to anyone venturing to the Amalfi Coast. It will be sure to deliver a winery experience, unlike any other, where you feel like family. My experience of this vineyard, high in the clouds, was one I will never forget! A magical day in Bella Italia.
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