Wine, Oil and Honey
Casa Portagioia not only offers a great vacation , but since 2009, we have produced fabulous wine, oil and more recently honey.
We grow Sangiovese and Merlot and, so far from these we make one special blend - Semplecemente Rosso. Well worth a try!
Our olive trees work hard ! and at the end of October early November, these are harvested to produce a really yummy olive oil.
And finally, our bees - these are not on our estate, but far in the hills enjoying Acacia and Chestnut to provide two delicious honey blends.
Wine tours of Tuscany
If you are looking to take a wine tour of some of the best wineries in Tuscany, or would like to arrange some Wine tasting in Montepulcaino, Montalcino (Brunello), Chianti or, the newer Cortonesse wine region, we can arrange a day or half day tour for you.
There are also local vineyards always worth a visit: Tanganelli, Buccelletti and Santa Stefano
Wineries and Wine Tours
Tuscany, the fifth-largest region in Italy, has been making wine for centuries, but it is only over the last two decades or so that it has emerged as a leading producer of quality wines. Covering a little more than 15,000 square miles in central Italy, Tuscany is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the west and southwest, Liguria to the northwest, Emilia Romagna to the north, the Marche and Umbria to the east, and Lazio to the southeast.
The key wine producing areas include Brunello di Montalcino, Bolgheri, Carmignano, Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Sangiovese is the main grape for most of Tuscany, producing everything from light and refreshing simple Chiantis to big and powerful Brunello di Montalcino or Chianti Classico riserva. International varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also important, either as small additions to traditional wines or as major components in groundbreaking ones. Traditional white varieties such as Trebbiano and Malvasia are used widely, although the best dry whites at the moment are made with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
We can arrange trips for wine tasting and guided tours of some of the top vineyards of Tuscany. These include visits to Altesino, Avignonesi, Antinori, Poliziano, Castello di Monsanto, Castello di Verrazzano, Dievole, Castello Banfi, Fattoria dei Barbi, Caparzo, and other important vineyards/wineries.
We occasionally hold wine appreciation evenings here during the summer. A fun relaxed evening trying some of the various wines of Tuscany from our cellar along with some simple food