In my last post I mentioned a few of the exquisite gastronomic pleasures of Tuscany. Italy is also known for its incredible wine culture. The hills, valleys and even roof tops are perfect for growing grapes and it is hard to miss with the vino della regione (wine of the region).
Today we went beneath the streets of the village to explore an ancient Etruscan wine grotto. Coincidentally, I found the perfect gelato flavor for a day of wine exploration – Brunello di Montepulciano. This gelato is so exquisite that the gelateria insisted that it be served in a cup, assolo (solo).
Back up top on the streets of this classic hill town, scouting of narrow streets, amazing architecture and endless vistas continued.
Time for a break with pizza and birra artigianale (micro brew) from the region, a breathtaking view of the valley and then off on one of many winding roads to yet another exotic hill town.
On the way back to our villa we made several photo stops in the Val d’Orcia. Here I was inspired by a glowing field of wheat grass. At every turn, at every scale, Tuscany delights and inspires.
Michelle (The Other Photographer’s Wife)