This family-owned-and-operated winery was our first stop on our 16-day Italian adventure. A driver picked us up at the Frenze station and drove us to this charming, rustic winery. The Falcone estate was an add-on to our Cooking Vacations itinerary. Upon our arrival we were met and checked in with a nice glass of wine. Everyone was friendly and made us feel so welcome. We checked into our beautiful apartment with a view of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. We wandered the vines (it was during the crush -- yippe for us!) and the production areas. Fabrizio, the owner-operator led us on an impromptu tour of his wine-making operation. He even tapped two Super Tuscans for us to sample (double wow!) and wines in all stages of production.
We had a cooking class that evening and that was truly fabulous! We had a lively little group of 5 and Simonetta (God, I wanted to take her home in my suitcase!) was just wonderful to learn from. It's like learning to cook from your grandma (we called her Nona by the end of the evening, fueled by lots of their wonderful wine). We had 3 other cooking classes during our trip, but the class at Podere dell' Anselmo was the best! I dream of her Gnocchi! Don't stay without booking a cooking class -- a must do!
The next morning we toured the vines and had a lesson in grape varieties and planting techniques from Fabrizio himself, even though he was busy with the crush. We were invited to lunch with the family and field workers. It was delightful. Fabrizio's wife was lovely and their children were adorable. Lunch was like you would dream of in Tuscany -- pasta, wine, and great conversation. Who could ask for more!
That evening, Fabrizio drove us to the train station, walked us through the ticket purchasing system, and saw us off for and evening in Florence -- fabulous! And he was back again, at the train station, late, to see us back to the estate.
What I am trying to say is, WOW, if you want to have a relaxing stay at an out-of-the-way rustic winery, with super friendly staff, beautiful room, great wine and food, pool, and a short train ride from beautiful Florence, this is the place to stay! I wish we had been able to stay longer than our short two-days.
Oh, and the estate produced wines and olive oil -- not to be missed!
This is not your stuffy, pompous, kind of place, this is Tuscany at its finest; relaxed and welcoming. Pondere dell' Anselmo, Fabrizio and staff, I hope we meet again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "PODERE DELL'ANSELMO" is a family run wine and horse resort situated in the midst of the magnificent Tuscan countryside. Here, rows of cypress crown the ridges of the surrounding hills, where ancient castles look out over the renewed vineyards around Montespertoli. The Villa The private villa has recently been restored respecting its old-world charm, but adding modern comforts. Set on a working vineyard, the property is surrounded by rolling green Tuscan hills in the heart of Montespertoli. The Forconi family has operated its vineyards since the 19th century, specializing in the Chianti "Podere dell'Anselmo" wine. The produced wines are long-lived and are examples of the best in the Chianti wine region, thanks to the family's knowledge and expertise. Tradition and old family customs merge with modern winemaking technologies, to yield nearly 50,000 bottles a year. These are distributed with the authentic "Podere dell'Anselmo" label. The prize-winning Tuscan Red wine "PAX" from Podere dell'Anselmo boasts the Gold Medal, awarded at Mundus Vini in 2014 and several award in all around the world. At the estate is produced also an excellent extra virgin olive oil, which has received several awards for the high quality. Enjoy Tuscany with all senses.. Join Fabrizio at the family estate, a beautiful farmhouse villa located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. The Tuscan cooking classes, held in the villa's private kitchen, are carried out following typical recipes from the Florence area under the direction of Chef Simonetta. The entire staff, along with Fabrizio and his family, welcome you to the "Podere" for a memorable Tuscan experience in the heart of Chianti. The stay at the family estate will be laso a cultural experience visiting cities like Florence, the city of the Renaissance, Siena, the medieval city of art and romance, Pisa, with its Leaning Tower, and San Gimignano, the town of fine towers. Private excursions through the Tuscan hills will show you the winding roads crossed by sunflowers fields, vineyards and ancient castles of bygone days. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Podere DellAnselmo Montespertoli, Italy - Tuscany