The Cantinetta Antinori, in the heart of Florence, is one of those places that you just have to eat at when in Tuscany. This is the Antinori familie’s flagship eatery, and almost everything served is grown or raised on various Antinori properties around Italy. We enjoy several courses of typical Tuscan food: simple, elegant, fresh, [...]
It’s the olive harvest in Tuscany, and we take a tour of a local press. Tasting fresh-pressed olive oil is one of life’s great treats: it is flourescent green, pungent, peppery, and delicious, especially drizzled over fresh Italian bread. The owner of the press takes us upstairs where he makes small batches of the famous [...]
After a long day of harvest, we retire to the Gagliasso winery for the traditional harvest feast that finalizes a successful harvest season. We experience the riches of Northern Italian cuisine in course after delicious course, all paired with the Gagliasso’s wine. The evening finishes with the old folks - and young - singing into [...]
As the wine world continues to incorporate and conglomerate, Piedmont is unique as it’s made up of many small, mostly family-owned wineries. Instead of being forced into unionized labor, these families still harvest themselves with help from a few friends. We witness such a harvest at the Gagliasso Estate, under the shadow of the hill [...]
Piedmont is home to one of the world’s most revered delicacies: the white truffle. While we wait for the right weather conditions to harvest nebbiolo, the Gagliasso’s take us behind the winery for a truffle hunt. After that, it’s off to the world famous truffle fair in Alba, an unbelievable spectacle for the senses.
The Wine: Gagliasso “Rocce del Annunziata.”
The story: The Italian Harvest
We stop in the Piedmont wine region of Northern Italy for an unforgettable harvest experience. Our hosts are the Gagliasso Family, who make an excellent Barolo that we found in New York’s famous Felidia restaurant. We join them for the nebbiolo harvest, a trip to [...]
We finish our trip in Tuscany. It’s early November, and the olive harvest is in full swing. Tuscan olives are better known for oil, rather than eating. Here we witness the time-honored method of harvesting outside of San Gimignano, an ancient medieval city famous for its stone towers.