We decided to keep the day of our civil ceremony pretty low key by going to a winery for lunch and wine tasting. And when you think of wine tours in Tuscany, there’s only one place to go. That’s the Chianti region. I’d received a few different recommendations but Vignamaggio in Greve, for me, seemed to epitomise the Tuscan countryside with it’s views of rolling hills, it’s historical farmhouse and above all, it was family friendly. Upon arrival, the first thing we did was to switch to comfortable shoes for walking on cobbles. I kind of wish I’d switched back for the photos but, hey, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
We started with a tour where we learned how the Vignamaggio wines are made and the kind of grapes used. Samson and I may have got locked out mid-tour when he made a getaway through that wide open door. But we found our way back to the group eventually. We then got to explore the gardens beside the old farmhouse, where legend has it that Lisa Gherardini of Mona Lisa fame spent a lot of time as her cousins, the Gherardis, owned the villa from 1421.
We finished with a delicious 3 course lunch. Each course was accompanied by a different Vignamaggio wine for us to taste. Shaun may have purchased two boxes of the Vignamaggio Chianti Classico 2012 (the year we met) to take home with us. And we may have consumed several bottles on the bus on the way back to Villa di Masseto.
Thanks again to Alex Mason for the wonderful images that most definitely captured the feel of one of my favourite days ever.