Vignamaggio Vineyards is steeped with fascinating history! For starters, Monna Lisa was born in Vignamaggio, (a tiny town in northern Chianti) in the 14th century. Leonardo da Vinci (Leonardo from Vinci) lived a few miles away. When Leonardo painted the aristocratic daughter of Gheradini, the magnificent setting of the Vignamaggio was painted in the background.
I visited Vignamaggio Vineyards on my last day in Tuscany ~ the spring weather was anything but cooperative, rainy and blustery.
Vignamaggio (translates to May Vines), is nestled in the hills between Greve and Lamole, about 45 minutes from Firenze. Idyllic winding roads up to the estate are flanked by olive trees and hardwoods. The smell of burning wood was in the air.
After trekking up the long driveway lined with hardwood trees to the top of the hill, I was warmly greeted by the charming Sandro Checcucci, my personal wine guide and host at Vignamaggio Vineyards. The tasting room was warm and inviting. [Read more…]