Archive for July, 2009
Wines & Villas
Besides great tuscan wines, the Antinori estate offers the traveler comfortable, well situated apartments in classic old countryside villas. Weekly and daily rates are available, and they can handle everything from couples to large families. The estate is made up of several “clusters” of farm house type accommodations, plus a central office, restaurant, and recreation area. The restaurant is a very small, limited selection room used mostly for breakfast. Nearby is a pool, tennis court, and fitness center. The office staff is very helpful, and they have a computer available to check your e-mail, at no charge.
Carpineto is a partnership between the award winning winemaker Giovanni C. Sacchet and the dynamic Antonio M. Zaccheo, offering a product line of wines spanning from the most prestigious Tuscan DOCG appellations to varietal specific wines of great structure as well as innovative proprietary blends. The winery is widely regarded as one of the quality leaders on the Italian winemaking landscape, exporting the majority of the wine production to over 30 countries worldwide. About 90% of Carpineto’s wine production is red wine, 65% of this being “riserva” wines that are aged three or more years before their release date. Since Carpineto generally ages their red wines six to twelve months longer than the minimum time required by DOCG appellation rules the cellars hold at least three consecutive vintages of wine at any given time. This long aging period has allowed Carpineto to build a reputation for high quality and consistency, vintage after vintage.