Tag: Tuscany

How Dry January Becomes Wet In A Pandemic

How Dry January Becomes Wet In A Pandemic

January 13, 2022

Dry January is a way to stay off the alcohol for a month after the holiday season with a lot of overindulgences. In January, we need to lose some weight, get healthy, and try to get back on track. However, where does Dry January come from? What does it mean more specifically? Last but not least, is Dry January something we even consider when being in the midst of a pandemic? Let us find out more. What is Dry January? Dry January was started in 2012 by the British charity Alcohol Change UK as a way to help people moderate… read more
How Old Traditions Matter at Christmas in Tuscany

How Old Traditions Matter at Christmas in Tuscany

December 24, 2021

We are just but a day from Christmas in Tuscany and all over the world and last-minute shopping and preparations are at their height. Even though the Omicron is running fast, we probably all have the same pre-holiday stress all over the world but the Christmas traditions vary a bit from country to country and region to region. In Tuscany, the Christmas traditions center around food, of course, but also some other ancient traditions we will take a closer look at. We have also asked Ilaria and Francesco here at Fattoria di Montemaggio about their Christmas traditions in Chianti. Christmas… read more
How Beautiful Grapes Bring Happiness To Our Winery

How Beautiful Grapes Bring Happiness To Our Winery

November 25, 2021

The harvest of 2021 bore signs of climatic turbulences in Europe during the past year but at Fattoria di Montemaggio the quality of the grapes brought happiness. Regarding the challenges this year, it went from the frost in April that struck mainly France, but also parts of Italy and Spain and continued to the flooding in Germany, and a very warm and dry summer overall. It has been a difficult year for vinegrowers all over Europe. How did it affect the harvest generally? Why is Fattoria di Montemaggio so happy about this vintage? Let us find out below. The Consequences… read more
Top Wine Vintages in Chianti Classico in Tuscany

Top Wine Vintages in Chianti Classico in Tuscany

October 8, 2021

Wine is all about vintages, that is that every vintage differs from the next and gives rise to unique wines. When we say that every vintage is different, we more specifically refer to the weather conditions during the vines' vegetative year. This influences a wine’s aromas, flavors, and quality which is referred to as “vintage variation”. The weather also has a considerable impact on the harvest and the yield. There are some vintages that turn out much better than others and result in compelling and sensational wines. We will look into some vintages that Ilaria, our Estate Manager, considers to… read more
Does Wine Contain Gluten?

Does Wine Contain Gluten?

September 10, 2021

Gluten is a severe problem for many who are allergic, intolerant or struggle with celiac disease. But can wine contain gluten? Is wine gluten-free? Or, does wine pose a risk for people who suffer from gluten intolerance? In the recent article The Truth About Gluten-Free Wine in The Drop, the online magazine of Pix Wine, Felicity Carter delves deeper into the issue of whether gluten in wine exists and whether it can be a problem. This was as a way to bring clarity to what it means when wine producers declare their wines as “gluten-free”. What is Gluten? The Celiac… read more
The New Face of Chianti Classico Collection 2021

The New Face of Chianti Classico Collection 2021

June 27, 2021

The Chianti Classico Collection 2021 event turned into a Chianti Classico Connection just as the consortium underlined. In line with the Covid-19 restrictions, the consortium had this year modified the yearly preview event to be able to organize it despite the restrictions still in vigor. This gave rise to some interesting new initiatives that surely could be an idea to integrate also when the pandemic will blow away. Fattoria di Montemaggio was present with their newly released Chianti Classico vintages, of course. Chianti Classico Annata 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva 2014 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013 Chianti Classico Connection - A… read more
How Frost Wreaked Massive Havoc on Vineyards in Europe

How Frost Wreaked Massive Havoc on Vineyards in Europe

April 15, 2021

Spring is not only longer and warmer days and reawakening of nature, but the weather can also be unpredictable with frost damages in France and Italy last week. After an Easter week with wonderful weather, the night temperatures suddenly went decisively below zero resulting in frost damages in many vineyards. Why is Frost so Harmful to the Vines? During spring when the growing season is in its initial stage with bud breaking, the buds are specifically sensitive to colder weather. The frost can damage buds that are in the opening stage and the young shoots on the vines. It is… read more
Easter Traditions in Italy from North to South

Easter Traditions in Italy from North to South

March 24, 2021

Easter 2021 is just around the corner and we are all getting ready for this event.   Especially in Italy Easter is something that we all look forward to.   Something that is well rooted in our culture. A time of gathering, a time of sharing and of course a time to spend with your family and loved ones.   The Bel Paese, our beloved Italy, is obviously rich of curious Easter traditions.   Each region has its own customs and beliefs.   The Italian culture is the result of the mixture of the customs of all populations that comes… read more
The Return of the Picnic as the Ultimate Experience

The Return of the Picnic as the Ultimate Experience

August 28, 2020

Summer is the time for picnics and to enjoy the outdoor landscape in good company and with snackable food. This year, in this period of social distancing outdoor eating, it has become even more of a trend, even for restaurants and wineries. Here at Fattoria di Montemaggio, we also offer light lunch/picnics as one of the ways for our guests to enjoy their visit to our estate. Check out our other tours here. Did you know, though, that picnics originally was an indoor concept? Let’s dive in to learn more about picnics… The Picnic Was Born in France Like many… read more
A Brilliant Article about Fattoria di Montemaggio By Sparkling Life

A Brilliant Article about Fattoria di Montemaggio By Sparkling Life

August 12, 2020

We always feel humbled and happy when people appreciate and understand our philosophy and the work that we are carrying out at the Fattoria di Montemaggio estate day by day. Support is of the essence but it is also important to give back. Therefore, we want to thank Irina Mihailenko for her awesome article on her blog Sparkling Life and reshare it with you here with her permission. Irina, we are thrilled about your article. Read on… The translated version of Irina's article - "Fattoria di Montemaggio" - in Sparkling Life I visited Fattoria di Montemaggio for the first time… read more