“But if you come I shall pour for you
Eustruscan Chianti similar to ruby,
that kisses you and bites you
and makes you shed sweet tears”
– Fulvio Testi (1593-1646)
Castelnuovo Berardenga (1366), is a designated Città Slow (City of good living) due to its decidedly tranquil and peaceful way of life (http://www.cittadelvino.it/).
This includes a dedication to food quality as well as, all aspects of an Italian lifestyle.
This small citta has a strong and vibrant cultural heartbeat enjoyed by those of us fortunate to live nearby or visit.
The atmosphere is purely, unadulterated, Tuscan.
Castelnuovo Berardenga is also known as a Citta del Vino (City of Wine), a denomination bestowed on prominent Chianti cities which preserve the techniques and security of wine production (http://www.cittadelvino.it/).
Castelnuovo Berardenga is quite literally dipped in the Chianti Classico wine territory as it is, awash in a sea of the regions best wine producers.
A primo pairing of the Citta del Vino and Città Slow is CastelnoVino, an annual event held the first weekend of June.
Set in the magnificent 19th century Neoclassical Villa Chigi Saracini a private residence, which opens its decorative gates to host your walk through history. You will savour the best of the regions Chianti Classico wines while sampling authentic home-made Tuscan food.
After ascending the green carpet laid out for your arrival, you will explore this beautiful Villa and the romantic-styled park created by Agostino Fantastici in 1834.
It is difficult not to feel like shedding a few “sweet tears” as you gaze upon the triple-arched bridge while Maestro Massimo Guerri live music floats through the air accompanied by soft Tuscan breezes.
During the evening you will move blissfully through the Terzo Movomento (three movements) of wine tasting; a time to see, a time to smell and a time to taste.
The atmosphere is unpretentious and relaxed and if you wish, you can speak with the wine producers who will proudly introduce you to their Sangiovese wine creations.
Twenty-one “star” wine producers are participating.
As you mingle through the Tuscan crowd, the local Chianti Classico wines warm you.
You must sample the locally prepared Tuscan dishes paired perfectly with the wine.
The deliscious Porchetta served by Salumi Minucci, is done to perfection.
At dusk, the multi coloured lighting takes hold and wraps you in a sea of colour.
CastelnoVino is a Tuscan Wine and Food event for anyone who appreciates moving leisurely through the Terzo Movomento of wine tasting and left “kissed and bitten” by the ruby Chianti wines of Tuscany.