Debbie’s FABULOUS trip to Tuscany
Debbie Adams, co-owner of Siena Ristorante Toscano (and Stan’s better half), recently returned from a fabulous trip to Tuscany with fellow Austinites Jan and Frank King.
The trip was a celebration of Jan’s birthday… and what a celebration it was! 10 girls traveling on a private bus with the escort of Alessandro our guide and Frank the great sport who put up with all the laughter from early morning until late at night. We stayed at a beautiful villa in Cetona and visited many areas of Tuscany. It was a walking adventure. The bus would drop us off at various locations and we would then get to see the countryside up close while visiting gorgeous sights such as three incredible gardens each of a totally different nature from modern to very traditional. We saw a beautiful abbey, met a handsome Swiss cheese maker on a totally organic farm, spent some time in the towns of Pienza, Cortona, and of course Siena. We also had a cooking lesson taught at our villa. The food was fabulous as only the food of Tuscany can be. Our in house chef, Ana, was truly talented and each evening made a wonderful and delectable dinner using the fresh ingredients from the gardens on the villa and the local market. Just like Harvey!!!
We visited two special wineries. The first was Máté which is owned and run by Ferec Máté and his wife Candace. Ferec is an author and wrote A Vineyard In Tuscany which is a great account of how the winery came about and tells of how they have been able to make such delicious and highly rated wines. Candace gave us an intimate view of the property and we were able to taste and buy four of her wines. All were special. They are limitedly available in the US. Next year their production will be increased since they have added more capacity to their facilities so hopefully we will be able to get their wine here! The Brunello is especially fabulous.
The other winery is owned by a count and his home is partially preserved in the 17th century. The fabrics and paintings are really something right out of the Renaissance. He also has beautiful and interesting gardens which we were able to tour with him as our escort.
Both the count and Mates are avid sailors… something Stan can certainly relate to. I am sure that he will plan to visit them the next time he gets to go to Tuscany.
Click here to read more about their wonderful journey at Tiff and Julie’s blog.