April 15, 2018

The incredible beauty of the landscape steals your soul from the moment you arrive at Podere Le Ripi. Uncontaminated beauty, uncontaminated soil. In fact, Podere le Ripi was a shepherd’s land before Francesco Illy bought it in 1998. 

The story

The founder of th...

April 1, 2018

I first discovered Sesta di Sopra after a guest from our agriturismo Fonte Aulente in Montalcino described Ettore’s wines with a quality “they did not know even existed in wine”. You understand, I was obliged to check out such a place.

After meeting with Ettore and Enri...

March 16, 2018

Opera singers warm up their vocal chords before they sing, soccer players warm up their muscles before they play, and chess players warm up their minds before a big tournament.

Italians warm up their taste buds before they eat.

Once you experience it, the Italian aperiti...

March 2, 2018

There’s a saying in Italy that the best judge of a cook is their Pasta al Pomodoro, or pasta with tomato sauce. Eager to learn, another guest and I got some friendly advice on making this Italian essential from Alexandra today. “I learned this recipe from my mother-i...

February 16, 2018

For those who like their wine with a side of history, holding a glass of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano puts over 1,200 years of wisdom and heritage in your hands.