I was on a mission to find Casaloste in Panzano in the hills of Chianti, about an hour south of Florence. The wine farm sign pointed down another infamous narrow “white road”, meaning unpaved–adventure ahead! This time, there were no forests to weave through, just field after field of vineyards!
In the early Spring, the grape vines are pruned and placed in stacks beside the dirt roads. The cuttings are then set ablaze along with the olive tree branches. That day, the air was crisp with the sweet smell of burning wood drifting through the air. Rain was forecasted in the late afternoon, so I wanted to reach Casaloste before the rains would flood the low spots on the rutted road. After a few missed turns, I found Casaloste!