Learn About Baracchi
Originally the 17th Century villa of poet Antonio Guadagnoli, The Baracchi estate is located on a beautiful slope just east of Cortona overlooking Valdichiana Valley. Riccardo Baracchi and his son Benedetto restored the property in hopes of continuing their family practice of grape growing and winemaking, a tradition that dates back to 1860. Currently the Baracchi estate covers 60 hectares of land, 22 of which are planted with vineyards. The charming Relais Il Falconiere, exquisite luxury hotel, spa, and Michelin rated restaurant, is nestled between the old groves and new vineyards.
Learn About Tuscany
One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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Learn About Merlot
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...
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