Giovanni D’Orsi and wife Emilia have been producing tiny amounts of red wine (just 1000 cases/year) since 1992 from their casa colonica in the undulating hills outside of Panzano. Giovanni works in the biologico vineyards and manages the wine production, while certified sommelier Emilia warmly welcomes visitors to taste their 2 interesting wines. Giovanni’s produces […]

The Villa at Vignamaggio in Chianti Classico region

Villa Vignamaggio

Situated just 5 minutes out of the northern Chianti Classico town of Greve in Chianti, Villa Vignamaggio has been producing wines for over 300 years. The modern winery & guest houses were built in 2010, and the wines are aged in the historic 15th-century building which offers ideal conditions for maturing in the classic way. In […]



The wines of Altiero are lovingly crafted by molto gentile Paolo Baldini, who carries the tradition and name of his uncle forward, working the land and making the wines with his father Maurizio and a good amount of support from the family. Grapes for the wines are sourced entirely from vineyards on their land, which are […]


Casa al Vento

Nestled up in the mountains outside Gaiole along an undulating strada bianca (white road)  is the tiny borgo of Casa al Vento. While the Gioffreda family runs a very nice country resort  here (including a spa experience of bathing in wine), I recommend a visit to taste the natural wines produced by Francesco. Casa al Vento is a classic […]


Badia a Coltibuono

Always busy whether in the cantina pouring wine, teaching a cooking course, or serving in their ristorante, the brother & sister team of Roberto & Emanuela Stucchi-Prinetti run Badia a Coltibuono with a passion that is rarely seen in the wine world today.  Roberto tends the vineyard with similar intensity, using biologico techniques dating back […]