Podere La Chiesa Reviews
Wouldn't you agree? Wine and art are best enjoyed when paired. This beautiful facility and they wonderful owners are worthy of your visit. Great food paired with great wine. A must visit!!!!! more »
We were lodged at the HGVC property ½k down the road. The architecture of the building intrigued us (we called it the Swiss Cheese winery!) and had to stop in. Our hosts could not have been more... more »
Beautiful place! Top of the art facility, modern and yet, blends with nature. The Owners Maurizio y Palma are incredible, very welcoming, amazing service, food and wine testing. Thank You! We’ll come back next year. Great experience!
Podere La Chiesa is a unique small winery located in Terriccola, about 45 minutes from Pisa, Italy. While many wineries offer tastings, and some offer tours, La Chiesa offers the combination of tasting, a tour and art work. The production facility is nestled in the rolling Tuscan hills amongst the vineyards. The building is visible from the road and very different from the classic Tuscan stone buildings. It is very modern and from a distance looks like a large concrete building with holes similar to swiss cheese. As you get closer, you realize it is representative of grapes. The architectural design is so well thought through and executed that you can see the vineyards from each of the circular cut-outs when inside the two story (high ceiling) structure. We drove to it without any reservation around midday (when a lot of places start to close for the afternoon break). We were the only people there at the moment. We met Maurizio Iannantuono, the ‘wizard’ of their wines, as he was going out to check on the grapes. They were very close to being ready for harvesting. Inside we were met by Palma Tonacci, who along with Maurizio, are the proprietors. We asked if they were offering tastings, tours and possibly related to lunch or dinner. She said we could have all of that whenever we would like. So, we decided to do the combo with lunch (about 25 Euro per person). Palma proceeded to give us a tour including background on their winery (it was built on property that was originally owned by the Catholic church out of Florence), the different types of wines they produce (one white and five reds), their process, etc. As you can see in the accompanying pictures, the facility is very cool with a ‘floating’ gallery on the second floor around the aging barrels, a gallery that looks over the stainless steel storage vats on onside and out the front at the flowing hills of vineyards. The tasting included their white Punto di Vista (100% vermentino), and four reds: the Le Redole di Casanova (80% sangiovese, 20% canalolo), theTerre di Casanova (100% sangiovese), the Sabiniano di Casanova (80% sagiovese, 25% cab. Sauvignon, 15% merlot), the Opera in Rosso (100% sangiovese), and Opera in Nero (100% merlot). The last 3 reds are aged in French oak barrels while the others are aged in stainless steel tanks. Along with the tasting, Palma gave us more detail on each wine and a very nice accompaniment of food including a delicious vegetable lasagna. The entire experience was delightful and Palma made us feel so welcome.
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