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.
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.
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...