July 23, 2012
After leaving San Gimignano, we made a stop at Castello di Verrazzano for a tour, wine tasting, and a light dinner.
The drive up to the castle was a narrow dirt path meandering on the edge of steep cliffs falling down to rolling fields of grapes lines and olive trees.
Our group strolled through the winery, the guide describing how they make their famous Chianti wine from a blend of Tuscan grapes and taking us into the bowels of the castle where the wine is aged in barrels of varying size and material based on the type of wine and the desired flavors. Before heading to our meal, we were granted more spectacular views on the terrace and shown where the balsamic vinegar ages.
The meal consisted of lots of wine! My favorite part of course. Beginning with a white, then the Chianti Classico before getting a chance to taste their Chianti Reserve. All of which were phenomenal. At the time I was not as savvy on wines as I am now, nor did I fully appreciate where I was and the caliber of the wineries in the area.
The meal was simple, a pasta dish, meats, and a salad. The conclusion of the meal brought a special treat. A sherry type wine that was sweet and spicy. Biscotti was served to dip into the wine. I am a lover of sherry, but I found this to be a bit too sweet for my palate. A couple from Australia summed it up perfectly, cough syrup.
Beautiful castle, delicious wine. With a healthy buzz, we got back on the bus and headed into Firenze.