After reading past reviews, I knew I had to book this for my family of 8 during our recent trip to the Tuscany region. Mark was always very quick to respond and was extremely helpful with information. About a week before our trip, we had to change the date of our visit to the winery and, once again, Mark was very accommodating.
We traveled around Tuscany in a van, so I cannot speak to getting to the winery via taxi or bus. Driving in Italy is quite different from the United States and it definitely took a couple of days to adjust. I highly recommend using Google Maps over Via Michelin. We had absolutely no problem getting to the winery from the center of Lucca or getting back to our hotel using Google maps. The winery/cantina itself has ample parking.
Once we arrived, we were quickly greeted by Mark and Vittorio, and in short order were given chips and a delish glass of rose. Unfortunately, it was raining the day of our visit, but the views cannot be beat, absolutely gorgeous! They also have a large and beautiful area for outside seating and I hope on my next visit I'm able to enjoy the outdoor area and spectacular views on a sunny day!
Mark took us on a tour of the winery and production facilities, which was very informative! We were all astounded at the labor of love put into this winery and their product. They truly have a passion for wine and put in an enormous amount of manual labor for their craft.
Once the tour concluded, we headed to an upstairs seating area where tables were beautifully set, then the true highlights of the evening began! We had one of the best meals of our Italian adventure, everything was beautifully presented and extremely fresh. If memory serves, we had salmon on crostini with salad, large platters of meat, cheeses, spreads, etc., honey and cheese, and so much more. Needless to say, we did not leave hungry! Vittorio and Mark did a fabulous job explaining the pairings of wine and food. If you've done wine tastings or wine/food pairings before, this will not disappoint. Everything is paired to perfection and every single wine was divine!
There are a few people in our group who do not drink and/or do not like wine and they raved about this experience. They said it was one of the best meals and experiences they had while in Italy and would come back in a heartbeat.
In sum, if you are in the area, absolutely come to Fattoria al Dotto! I highly recommend doing the 30 euro option which gets you 6 wines and food pairings - it's an amazing deal and you will not be disappointed! I also recommend emailing Mark ahead of time to double check hours and availability, and also to reserve a spot for your group. Lastly, make sure to set aside a good 4-5 hours for your visit...again, you will not be disappointed!
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