Borgo Argiano, Siena
Borgo Argiano is an elegant country wine estate located in the centre of Chianti just 20 minutes from the historic city of Siena. First opening its doors in 2018, Borgo Argiano has been beautifully designed by its British owner Mal Ogg.
A serene location with endless views toward Monte Amiata and beyond, its roots date back to medieval times. Borgo Argiano offers spacious self-catering suites which have been painstakingly restored, artfully decorated and furnished with a sense of relaxed modern luxury.
The property is set within beautiful gardens featuring antique roses, lavenders and aromatic herbs. Each suite enjoys a private terrace or secluded balcony which are adorned with climbing jasmine and wisteria. A spacious swimming pool overlooks the vines and valley below and the olive groves provide spacious areas to relax in the shade.
The main building boasts an elegant lounge with terracotta vaulted ceiling and library which is adjoined by an outdoor lounge and al fresco drinks terrace. At the centre of the hamlet you will find a romantic chapel decorated with artisan frescos and stained-glass windows.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Argiano’s luxury apartments is the estate’s impressive cantina. Here, you can enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the award-winning winery, Tenuta Cappellina. Director Alex Burges will give you a personal masterclass and tasting of the wines produced. A must try is the Dianne Toscana IGT which demonstrates elegance, intensity and complexity. A fabulous Super Tuscan, the Dianne, is made from the vineyard’s very best Sangiovese and Cabernet grapes, with just a hint of Syrah.
L’Andana is a charming hotel on the outskirts of the picture postcard coastal town of Castiglione della Pescaia. Surrounded by the Maremma Natural Park, it is the perfect location for exploring Tuscany’s beautiful countryside.
L’Andana has two rather lovely buildings, the Villa and the Fattoria, which are seamlessly linked by a delightfully informal Winter Garden which acts as the lobby and the reception. Both the Villa and the Fattoria have undergone extensive rebuilding and restyling carried out under the expert supervision of Architect Ettore Mocchetti, Chief Editor of AD Italy. The style is warm and truly Tuscan with rich hues of terracotta and muted earthy tones throughout. Decorated with antique furnishings, artisan works and Florentine silks, the atmosphere is one of simple sophistication.
The elegant atmosphere doesn’t stop at the main buildings; it continues throughout the perfectly appointed estate including the hotel’s two restaurants. Located in what used to be the ancient granary of Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine, La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini is a Michelin-starred contemporary restaurant offering a refined “trattoria Toscana” experience. At La Villa restaurant at L’Andana you can enjoy a more classic dining style. Here, the kitchen has a cosy, informal atmosphere that leads to an intimate dining room with a delightful stone fireplace and traditional country house feel.
The perfect base for wine lovers, L’Andana is situated close to Tenuta La Badiola, a winery famed for its use of Acquagiusta spring water in its wine production. Take a tour of the cantina and sample a delicious glass of Acquagiusta Vermentino which derives its fresh character from the sea breeze, Tuscan sun and Maremma terroir, each contributing to the perfect conditions for growing exemplary wines.
Vinilia Wine Resort, Salento
Vinilia Wine Resort is set in Salento, the wild land of Apulia and the world-famous Primitivo grape, Manduria. An imposing castle with a modern twist, this majestic mansion features classic local architecture yet has a fresh modern feel. The essence of Vinilia is its connection to the land and its winemaking culture. At Trullo di Pezza, the resort’s vineyard which is located just a few kilometres from the hotel, you will find organic vineyards that produce five delicious organic wines. The creation of the resort is the latest step in an inspiring story of business development headed up by sisters Marika and Simona Lacaita. Vinilia subtly combines tradition with innovation and is decorated throughout in a vibrant and artistic style.
The Casamatta restaurant celebrates fresh Mediterranean cuisine and Chef Pietro Penna uses homegrown ingredients from the castle’s kitchen garden and fresh fish from the nearby coast.
The Lacaita family’s winery Trullo di Pezza boasts one hundred hectares of Primitivo, Negroamaro and orchards where you can experience the joy of tasting the finest vintages in the cool shade of the old pajaru, the trullo used as a resting place for farmers to eat in. A young family business, the wines produced have unique qualities and the brand is starting to become very popular and currently produces five labels: 10 Grana – Fiano Salento IGP; Speziale – Negroamaro Rosato Salento IGP; Scarfoglio – Aglianico Salento IGP; Mezza Pezza – Primitivo Salento IGP; and LiCurti – Primitivo di Manduria DOP.
Venissa Estate, Venice
The Venissa Estate lies on Mazzorbo, one of the three islands of Native Venice, an archipelago of nature, colour, flavours and art. Venissa is the perfect example of a ‘walled vineyard’. It was restored by the Bisol family of Prosecco fame, and within it grows the Dorona di Venezia variety, native to the Venetian Lagoon and cultivated for centuries until nearly becoming extinct after the great flood of 1966. Today, this walled vineyard produces 3,000 bottles of Venissa, one of the most sought-after wines in the world by enthusiasts and collectors.
The walled vineyard is the backdrop of the Ristorante Venissa, where chefs Francesco Brutto and Chiara Pavan put their own unique spin on Native Venice. Their dishes focus on fish from the lagoon, vegetables grown on the estate grounds (by nine local pensioners) and wild herbs that the chefs pick among the rows of vines.
In order to fully experience the world of Venissa, you can stay in one of the five rooms located in the wine resort on the estate itself which are located in one of the most beautiful country houses in the lagoon. The house was originally inhabited by the Venetian Scarpa family, who cultivated the vineyard and gardens until 1966.
A further 13 rooms are available at Casa Burano, on the island of Burano, located just a short walk from Venissa across a small wooden footbridge, famous throughout the world for its fishermen, lace makers and rainbow-coloured houses.
Conti di San Bonifacio
Conti di San Bonifacio lies in the heart of the lush Maremma region of Tuscany. A rich wine growing area, this elegant boutique hotel is surrounded by vineyards and the estate’s wine production lies at the heart of Conti di San Bonifacio’s character. Contemporary in design, the interior style is eclectic with a defined sense of modern Tuscan chic. The lifestyle here is one of laid-back luxury, where contemporary interior design meets classic country living. The award-winning vineyard produces exceptional wines and both wine tasting and masterclasses are available to guests, you can even blend your very own wine for special events and weddings. The terraced gardens have a beautiful arched bar set beneath an ancient oak tree, a truly romantic spot for a pre-dinner drink. Conti di San Bonifacio is the perfect honeymoon destination, an exclusive escape, nestled within the vine covered hillsides of Tuscany.