06.09.2013 - 07.09.2013 33 °C
After being in town after town, we were looking forward to staying a night in the Chianti wine region. This was where we were doing a "food and wine experience", although I'd unfortunately be missing out on the wine part. The drive was incredibly scenic and the views from the winery were stunning. Our group, which was made out of mostly Americans, took a tour of the winery into their cellars and learned about the wine making process. The second part was the tasting, where we sat for a four course lunch paired with different wines. I got to try their grape juice, which is no substitute for wine but tasty nonetheless. The food was great and made with fresh ingredients (the winery is also a farm) by the families that actually live there. The end of the lunch got fairly loud after everyone had their few glasses of wine and we left with many predictions about the great intelligence and prosperity of our future baby.
Soaking in the scenery before the wine and food expeience
As luck would have it, we managed to be staying in the Chianti region during their annual wine festival. We went into town and found a great atmosphere of wine tasting and festivities. George bought a wine pass which came with seven tastings but as the end of the night drew near, the vendors got generous and he came out with three or four extra tastings. After a week of hardly any wine at all, he made up for it all in one day!
This was before the wine started pouring more freely
We stayed the night in a farmhouse associated with the winery and had a peaceful night. This experience will definitely be a highlight of our trip and a memory we will take with us forever.
Janet was too chicken to steal a couple grapes for the ride