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Posted on: April 04, 2012

Tuscan Wine Trip

On April 30th fourteen of us set off on our Tuscan adventure. Our objective was to improve our knowledge of wine. We succeeded! We now know exactly how much Supertuscan wine we can drink before it’s time to call it a day. We also discovered how much food is too much food! A great time was had by all and new friendships forged.
Day 1:
We arrived at our accomodation, Agriturismo di Borgo Scopeto, mid-afternoon after a 3 hour transfer. We were all pretty tired after our early morning flight but the stunning panorama, with Siena in the distance, woke everybody up. Our accommodation was of a high standard, including our own swimming pool and barbecue area. All our apartments were furnished in typical Tuscan style. After unpacking and a quick snooze we made our way into Siena, a fifteen minute drive away. Siena is a beautiful medieval town, oozing history and style. We all enjoyed a lovely evening of food and drink on the Piazza del Campo, where the oldest horse race in the world is run twice a year.
Day 2:
No official engagements on day 2. We spent the day by the pool and walking around the Borgo Scopeto area. We were surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. That evening we all split up and further discovered Siena and it’s environs.
Day 3:
Our first winery tour. We were guests of Borgo Scopeto. We were given a super tour of the winery where Mirko explained the production process from start to finish. We were shown all the barrel storage areas and bottling plant. The tour was followed by lunch in the magnificent Relais Borgo Scopeto hotel. Lunch was amazing. The food was out of this world, as was the wine. The lunch was kindly sponsored by our good friends in Searson’s Wines of Monkstown. That evening we split up into two groups. One group stayed in and cooked and the other ventured into Siena.
Day 4:
We drove 50 minutes to Montalcino, home of Brunello, one of Italy’s finest wines. We were given another great tour of the winery. This time it was Tenuta Caparzo and their stunning wines, including the single vineyard La Casa Brunello di Montalcino. We had lunch in the winery which included our wine tasting. Lunch was followed by a mad dash to take home as many of the unfinished bottles as our people carriers would permit! That evening we all dined together in a local restaurant and had a night to remember.
I could never put into words the craic we had, the chats, the laughs, the singsongs but ultimately it was all about the friendships and the memories that we will always have.
And so to our next trip…......! Rumours suggest Verona might be on the cards. Keep an eye out in our news section on our website!
I would like to thank Giuseppe of Wines of Italy for all his help in making the trip possible.