Any wine lover will have a bucket list of places to visit based on fantastic wines tasted on various occasions, such as social events, parties, wine clubs or the like. As we all know, great wine is always made in beautiful places, since vines tend to enjoy growing in favourable climates just as we enjoy visiting them. So what if we could travel around the world, just visiting the greatest places for wine? Where would you start, and where would you stop?

There are over 10,000 grape varietals worldwide and many that turn into outstanding wines., In some cases they’ve put their area on the map, like Sauvignon blanc from New Zealand or pinotage from South Africa. Thinking about this, we’ve put together a possible trip around the world based on visiting wineries and tasting their wines. Of course no trip could do anything but provide a small “tasting” of all the possible venues that exist today.

Let’s assume you’re starting in North America and traveling East from there, though, this being a dream itinerary, feel free to start at any point!

Napa Valley in fall | photo Malcom Carlaw on Flickr

Napa Valley in fall | photo Malcom Carlaw on Flickr

Napa Valley (California, USA) – The Napa Valley counts more than 400 wineries, where Cabernets, fruity Merlots, and Chardonnays dominate the scene. Visiting these producers is usually a beautifully organized event, with some offering contemporary art or food pairing experiences that make for a brilliant day out. If you are already on the West Coast, make a short hop to Oregon, where stunning Pinot Noirs are to be found.

Chile – Chile has been a wine producing country since the 16th century, with many of it’s valleys producing consistent good value wines and some stunning reds. It has been associated with Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. But like many new world wine areas, Chile has adopted a signature grape variety, Carménère, once widely grown in Bordeaux before the 19th century Phylloxera outbreaks.

Mendoza (Argentina) – The Mendoza wine growing region is a New World red wine mecca with a desert climate that’s perfect for growing biodynamic wines with aromatic and intense flavours due to the high altitude and long growing season. A major volume producer, the area has more recently focused on premium wine production, where the Malbec grape leads the way. One to watch? Check out Bodega Argento.

Bodega Garzon's property

Bodega Garzon’s property

Uruguay – While you’re in the area you might as well hope on over to Uruguay, a new destination for wine travel (only a small amount of its production is exported) that has been coming into its own and developing a true sense of its own unique tradition. Here, you mix European heritage with traditional South American features like yerba mate tea and Charùa cuisine. Producing international grapes like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc., the area’s unique climate makes for fresh and drinkable vintages. The signature grape is Tannat with a direct link to southern France and northern Spain. A visit to the large and sustainable Bodega Garzon might be the closest you can get to Tuscany without flying to the other side of the world, with its olive groves and extensive terraced vines.

The Cairns Winery in Ontario | Photo Gary J. Wood

The Cairns Winery in Ontario | Photo Gary J. Wood

Southern Ontario (Canada) – This region bordering on the state of New York has recently been gathering accolades and makes for an interesting visit. In particular, this is the only place you’ll taste original ice wine – since the weather can be extreme enough to make it! Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bordeaux varieties abound. On top of the wine, you’ll get to visit the world-famous Niagara Falls which are just stunning.

Rhine Valley (Germany) – White-wine lovers who also enjoy bratwurst and castles ought to hit up the Rhine valley for the Riesling, as the variety originated here. Pure fruit, with a shining personality and surprising depth, it’s worth investigating some of the area’s top wineries in person to experience the great range of this grape.

View from Chateau Soutard | Photo by Dennis Jarvis

View from Chateau Soutard | Photo by Dennis Jarvis

France – In France you have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to wine… would you go to Burgundy? Bordeaux? The Loire (if you prefer whites) or Rhône Valleys? The varieties first grown in these regions (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cab Sauvignon) have become rightly famous and loved to the point that they are now cultivated “internationally”. French wines hit the market already aged, and with an uncountable number of small wineries, there are some serious gems just waiting to be tasted. Just about anywhere you visit will be memorable, so tailor this part of your trip based on any other interests you might have; for example, the Loire Valley also has marvelous castles to visit, which might provide a bit of a break from all this eating and drinking.

Dievole wine tours in Tuscany

Dievole wine tours in Tuscany

Tuscany (Italy) – Italy is synonymous with wine, but its center and North are where the best stuff is made. Perhaps one of the most famous and oldest denominations is the Chianti Classico region, which certainly merits a visit also for its extreme natural beauty. Tuscany’s signature grape is Sangiovese, and a trip here means discovering the many expressions of this fruit based on terroir. But don’t forget the Super Tuscans from Bolgheri, the now quite famous area on the coast.

Portugal – While still in Europe, a hop over to Portugal is an interesting addition to this itinerary. The mountainous Alentejo region south-east of Lisbon is now emerging is a world-class wine destination producing age-worthy reds thanks to scorching hot summers, clay terrain and mitigating ocean winds, and is leading Portugal’s wine renaissance. Visit the region’s capital city, Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring an important Roman temple.

Stellenbosch Vineyard | Photo Dan Baxter

Stellenbosch Vineyard | Photo Dan Baxter

South Africa – From Portugal it’s a straight shot down (although a long flight!) to South Africa, where you’ll want to fly into Cape Town and head to the Western Cape region, where most of the country’s wine comes from. With over 300 years of winemaking history, the area has bridged the gap between old world and new. The grapes that have made this area famous most recently are Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Syrah and Pinotage.

Australia – Australia ranks sixth in the world in wine production and is the fourth largest exporter of wine. With a huge range of climatic and geographical conditions, it is one of the world’s most versatile wine growing countries. The portfolio is as complete as one can imagine with cult Shiraz, Rhone style blends, etc from South Australia’s famous Barossa, Eden and Claire valleys making up half of the country’s total output.

Marlborough region | Photo Bernard Spragg

Marlborough region | Photo Bernard Spragg

New Zealand – Our wine trip around the world wouldn’t be complete without a stop in New Zealand! The whole country’s climate makes it ideal for grape growing, and you’re never far from a tasting room, so that’s the great (grape!) news. While the Marlborough region is by far the largest and best known for sauvignon blanc, a visit here might be an opportunity to also explore the smaller areas like Nelson (with its light reds and aromatic whites) or Canterbury (the newcomer with elegant cool climate whites).

 

We know we’ve just given you a “taste” of your options, but we’d love to hear if you’re planning a trip around the world based on wine, and where you will be stopping!

Amongst the major wine events in Italy each year, Benvenuto Brunello is one of the most exciting previews! This is the preview (or in Italian anteprima) for the famous Brunello di Montalcino wines, in southern Tuscany. It is the 25th year that the event is being held.

Benvenuto Brunello is organized by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino which, since the DOC was recognized back in 1967, has served as a promoter and protector of the wine and its characteristics. This is the first fair of the year; held in Montalcino, it is the most representative of the production area.

2017 brings in some interesting changes at Benvenuto Brunello. The Consortium has recently moved to a newly restored conventual complex, the Complesso di Sant’Agostino, which is now also the seat of the event. It is centrally located in the town, behind the church of Sant’Agostino and not far from the Fortezza. Holding the fair in this building is a change from previous years, where it was spread out to various locations around town. Given that Montalcino is mostly pedestrian-only and parking is at a premium, it’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a long walk over to the new location, but at least once you’re there, you’re inside and don’t have to move around!

The second big change is the access rules for Benvenuto Brunello. Previously only for journalists and trade, now the days of Sunday and Monday are open to the public, who can purchase tickets online from the website www.consorziobrunellodimontalcino.it (there is a dedicated slider and link at the top of the website’s home page). Friday remains only for journalists, with sommeliers serving the wine, while Saturday is for producers and journalists.

The wines being served at the 2017 edition are the Brunello di Montalcino 2012, Riserva 2011, Rosso di Montalcino 2015, Moscadello and Sant’Antimo by the best producers of the region. There is much anticipation for the quality of these wines, since the 2012 harvest received five stars. Of those to taste, look out for the wines by Podere Brizio.

Amongst the key moments of the event will be a conference, a ceremony awarding stars to the most recent harvest, and a prize ceremony for the Leccio d’Oro award.

 

Italian carnival is renowned all over the world for its manifold declinations, traditions and events. This festivity usually takes place between February and March (from fat thursday to mardi gras) and literally takes the boot by storm. So grab a costume, set out on an adventure (your little ones will love it!) and try them all – here are some of the best places to experience Italian Carnevale!

The Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea

An Italian Carnival piazza reduced to a pulp..!

The piazza reduced to a pulp..! Ph Fabio Bretto (Flickr CC)

Held in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, this is the largest food fight in Italy… so some juicy fruity Vitamin-C-filled fun is guaranteed! The origins of this Italian carnival are still quite unclear but legend has it that this event commemorates a young lady, known as Violetta, who had the courage to fight against the feudal “droit du seigneur” by beheading the evil tyrant and liberating the city. During the battle of the oranges thousands are divided into teams and armed to the teeth with ripe citrus fruits. Locals serve rich dishes of beans, codfish with polenta and, last but not least, orange salad! We’re sure that a nice glass of Chianti Classico red wine would do the trick after a day of zesty blows and such a hearty meal.

 

Masqueraded beauty in Venice

The beautiful face of Italian Carnival - Ph. Francesca Castelli (Flickr CC)

Venice: the beautiful face of Italian Carnival – Ph. Francesca Castelli (Flickr CC)

This is probably the most renowned Italian carnival because of its elaborate masks and breathtaking setting. It is said to date back to 1162, when the “Serenissima Repubblica” defeated Ulrico di Treven, patriarch of the ancient Roman city of Aquileia and the people rejoiced by gathering and dancing in the San Marco square. Throughout the centuries Venice’s Carnival has undergone many transformations (it was also outlawed in 1797 when the city was under the King of Austria’s rule, only to return in late 1979!) but its leitmotif praises the often-forgotten beauty and light-heartedness of life. About 3 million visitors walk the canals in search of gilded colorful masks donned by damsels and gentlemen alike. The most beautiful mask actually wines a prize!

Satire and caricatures in Viareggio

Scary yet so much fun: Viareggio is a must-see Italian Carnival! Ph. Marco Moscatelli (Flickr CC)

Scary yet so much fun: Viareggio is a must-see Italian Carnival! Ph. Marco Moscatelli (Flickr CC)

This Italian Carnival’s main characteristic will not pass unnoticed and is quite representative of Tuscay’a pungent sense of humour: just imagine a promenade filled with huge floats depicting some of the most outrageous caricature! Politicians, showmen and women, symbols of today’s corruption: a true bonfire of the vanities on full display! This Italian Carnival was held for the first time in 1873 when a group of wealthy men, who had decided to parade flower-adorned floats down the promenade, sparked the anger of the tax-paying middle class who protested by wearing masks. The symbol of the carnival of Viareggio and its official mask is Burlamacco, designed and invented by Uberto Bonetti in 1930. If you’re around Viareggio at any time of the year, we suggest visiting the Cittadella del Carnevale, the huge industrial workshop space where these paper-pulp giants are built and stored. Don’t forget to launch your fair share of coriandoli and try brigidini, typical anise-flavoured wafers that can be easily found at local stands during carnival – they’re great with Vin Santo!

 

A Carnival fit for sweet-tooths: Fano

The burning of the pupo - a Fano tradition! Ph. Alessandro Cammellini (Flickr CC)

The burning of the pupo – a Fano tradition! Ph. Alessandro Cammellini (Flickr CC)

Dating back to 1347, probably to celebrate a very much desired reconciliation between the two main families of Fano, this Italian Carnival is said to be the sweetest of them all! Every year this lovely town in the Marche Region hosts a music-filled parade down central Gramsci street where each float partakes in the “gettata” – a majestic candythrow (almost 2 tons!) that ends up into the happy hands of all Carnivalgoers! The event ends with on Mardi Gras with the burning of the “pupo” (a papier mache puppet head) which is meant to beckon Spring and dispel the population’s sins.

The dark side of Italian Carnival: Mamoiada

An eerily beautiful procession of Mamuthones and Issohadores Ph. Luca Cerabona (Flickr CC)

An eerily beautiful procession of Mamuthones and Issohadores Ph. Luca Cerabona (Flickr CC)

The island of Sardinia is known for its coarse, beautiful and wild landscape and beaches and its Carnival is equally as visually striking. The medieval town of Mamoiada, not far from Nuoro, is renowned for its artisanal pear wood masks called “Mamuthones”, meant to represent shepherds, and “Issohadores”, which represent the scary invaders (perhaps inspired by the Spanish or Turkish tyrants who once walked the island’s shores). If you are in Sardinia during another time of the year, don’t forget to drop by Mamoiada’s evocative Museum of Mediterranean masks. During the Carnival celebrations, the black Mamuthones cover themselves in black leather and cowbells and measure the streets with small, rhythmic steps, followed by the colorful yet menacing Issohadores who now and then entertain the bystanders by lassoing in audience members with a rope. This solemn dance procession might seem less fun than the aforementioned Italian Carnival celebrations but it is nevertheless worth a visit and the sweets are to-die-for!

The earliest influences in the wine making process date back to the ancient Greeks and the Etruscans, but the rise of the Roman Empire also brought about important technological advancements and many of the groundbreaking techniques now present in modern winemaking were first developed in ancient Roman times.

At the beginning of the Republic, vine growing was considered a secondary activity, since the Romans’ main goal was to expand their domination of the peninsula. It was only after they gained total control of the Mediterranean that they began to invest in vineyards and wine became a fundamental part of both the social and political life of the Empire. Here is a list of interesting and fun facts you might not know.

A daily toast in Roman Society

There was wine for every situation, for every meal or banquet, even every kind of person. The reason behind this vast selection was that in those times water was unsafe to drink due to pollution, while milk was considered not appropriate for adults, so wine was the expected drink for every meal or social situation.

A democratic approach to drinking

There were different varieties of wine and each social class had its own. Mulsum was a variety sweetened with honey, which was mixed in just before drinking and served as an aperitif at the beginning of the meal. It was exclusively prepared for the elites but often freely dispensed to the plebs at public events in change for their political support. Conditum had herbs and spices added and was often paired with red meats or strong spicy food. Roman armies were given a ration of wine as part of their monthly supplies because it was safer than trusting the local water supply. There was a type of wine specifically given to slaves: Piquette was a mixture of leftovers from wine making and water.

Merum was for peasants

Roman always mixed wine with water before drinking, undiluted wine (which was called “Merum”) was considered a bad habit attributed to peasants and barbarians. They usually mixed one part of wine with two parts of hot water or sea water to thin down the sweetness in the wine.

To Heal and Harm

Romans believed that wine had the power to both heal and harm. It was used to treat mental disorders such as depression, memory loss and grief, but also for constipation, halitosis, snakebites and vertigo. Romans were also well aware of the negative effects of wine if consumed immoderately. Many scripts described the physical and psychological defects of wine abuse which were often used to ruin the reputation of their political rivals, describing them as a real danger for Rome.

Religious Uses

When the Roman Empire conquered the Greeks, many of the Greek gods and goddesses were adopted by the Romans. Bacchus was the Roman counterpart of Dionysus and he was considered the God of wine and the personification of the blessings of the nature in general. The festival called Bacchanalia was held in his honour but, the terrible reputation of these festivals (notorious for their sexual debaucheries), led to a permanent ban from the Roman Senate. Roman gods and goddesses were worshipped at every public event, including the gladiator games, where blood sacrifices were made on their honour.

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Drawing of the Bacchus in the sculpture garden of Jacopo Galli by Maarten van Heemskerck, c. 1533–6

Sometimes buying a bottle of wine can open (Or should we say uncork?) a realm of DIY possibilities. After you’ve emptied it of its content (an important part of the creative process), wash the bottle thoroughly and always remember to keep the stopper – amazing creative ideas lie ahead (and hey, let’s face it: this is a great excuse to buy more bottles of wine!).

Wine and Cork Crafts around the house

1) Map Bottles and Cork Bulletin Boards

Warm up your home with the artsy vibe of decoupage objects. If you’re a true wine lover, wine and cork crafts should be the essence of your household! There are so many creative possibilities: cork bulletin boards of all shapes and sizes, centrepieces, even bath mats! Wine bottles can be painted or dressed up with paper, maps and magazine collages – give it a try!

2) Light up your home for the love of wine!

This wine bottle chandelier is a true sight to behold Ph. tzejen (Flickr CC)

This wine bottle chandelier is a true sight to behold Ph. tzejen (Flickr CC)

Wine bottles can be used to craft unique lamps and vases. Wine Bottle chandeliers seem to be an evergreen trending decor among wine lovers and wine bars – inexpensive and elegant, this might take a bit more work but its definitely worth it!

3) Great Crates make for great ideas!

Wine and cork are great materials but let’s not forget that wooden wine crates are equally beautiful and can be used to create great DIY objects like modular book-cases, shelves, kitchen trays…even drawers! Here at Dievole we used our wine boxes to make tiny terrariums for our plants!

4) Have yourself a merry corky Christmas

It might be too early to even mention the festive season but hey, only 10 months to go to next Christmas! Deck your halls with cork crafts! Your tree will look even more festive and you can involve your children in a fun afternoon of hands-on quirky cork crafts fun. Corks are quite malleable and can be used to sculpt (check out this nifty tutorial!) and create cool compositions. Their porous surface absorbs paint (some use cork to make DIY stamps!) and is perfect for glitter or stick-on decorations.

5) Xmas Message in a Bottle

Wine bottles can also be crafted into amazingly beautiful decorations, candleholders, a mantlepiece or simply to spell out some authentic holiday cheer (like in the pic above)!

Wedding cork crafts…Wine not?

Creative low-budget wine and cork crafts for your wedding decorations! Ph. chocolatsombre (Flickr CC)

Creative low-budget ideas for your wedding decorations! Ph. chocolatsombre (Flickr CC)

6) Tie the knot, cut the cork and paint the bottle!

Give your special day a lovely handmade touch and entertain your guests with one-of-a-kind wine and cork crafts! Cork placeholders, cork coasters, wine bottles used as evocative candleholders, romantic cork craft wedding favours, chalkboard paint wine bottles (one of our personal favourites!) and so much more!

7) Marry Creativity!

If you want to make your wedding day even more memorable, you could play a fun game with your friends, inviting them to drink up their bottles in order to improvise wine and cork crafts on the spot! Prepare a fully equipped worktable with all tools necessary and… enjoy all the crazy DIY wedding souvenirs!

 

 

The most important wine event of the year for Chianti Classico producers is the Chianti Classico Collection, which is held each year in Florence, Italy in February. In 2017 the date is February 13 and 14th (the latter is only open to journalists).

The Chianti Classico Collection event is organized by the Consorzio Chianti Classico, the consortium that promotes and sets rules for producers in this territory. The event kicks off on Monday February 13th and is open to the public from 9:30 am to 6pm. During these times, there will be stands set up by all the producers and you will be able to taste their products in a special preview: this is generally the first tasting of the new vintages. This year a record number of 185 producers will be present! At 12:30pm a light lunch will be served. There will also be a roundtable about current issues in winemaking, which will be live streamed (location and time TBD).

The day of Tuesday February 14th is reserved to the press, where tastings will be managed by sommeliers.

To get a sense of what to expect at the Chianti Classico Collection, here is a nice video from last year’s edition! The 2016 edition was particularly special due to the fact that it was the 300th anniversary of the consortium: the wine zone was established by the Duke of Tuscany in 1716, so last year saw a series of events related to this.

The Dievole team looks forward to welcoming you on the Monday, where we will be serving in preview our Chianti Classico 2015 and Chianti Classico Riserva 2014.

If you are interested in attending the event please see the official page and information hosted by the Consortium.

After the cold windy days of the previous months, spring is the perfect season to travel around Italy and discover the beauty of our regions where you can admire the first blossoms after the long winter months.

If you are visiting Italy and would like to buy typical food products or a few bottles of our great Dievole Chianti Classico or Dievole EVOO, here are a few places you should check out.

Consorzio Agrario di Siena

Located in the heart of Siena, at the Consorzio Agrario you can find a fantastic selection of all things Tuscan: Pecorino cheeses, fresh handmade pici pasta, the famous – and delicious – Cinta Senese prosciutto and a wide selection of our Dievole Chianti Classico and EVOO, of course.

Via Pianigiani, 9, Siena

www.capsi.it

Enoteca di Piazza, Montalcino

In our neighboring town of Montalcino, Enoteca di Piazza is more than just a shop: it is a place of great wine culture, where you taste the best ones on the market, buy bottles and order others, ship worldwide and more. There is also a Wine Club you can join to receive special discounts and other treats.

Piazza Garbiladi, 4, Montalcino (SI)

www.enotecadipiazza.com

Enoteca Bruno Dalmazio

This fancy winery is located just outside Montalcino. In this bright and finely furnished open space you can find a great selection of Italian and French wines while its strong bond with the Tuscan territory is reflected in a wide variety of products from the Montalcino area.

Viale Traversa dei Monti, 214, Montalcino (SI)

www.dalmazio.com

Enoteca Alessi

Photo by Nick Fewings on Flickr

Photo by Nick Fewings on Flickr

If you are visiting the cradle of the Renaissance, the beautiful Florence, you shouldn’t miss out on Enoteca Alessi. Located just a few steps from the Duomo, it is a cozy space for wine lovers surrounded by display cabinets, bottles of wine and delicatessen. The wine bar hosts wine and olive oil tastings in a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere where you can get away for the urban chaos and just chill

Via delle Oche 27-31r, Firenze

www.enotecaalessi.it

Enoteca Molesini

Cortona is a small town enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, located in the Valdichiana area, not very far from Arezzo. In the heart of this medieval borgo, Piazza della Repubblica, Enoteca Molesini opened in 1937. The family-run bottega has expanded throughout the years and is now an elegant wine shop with more than 1200 labels, including Dievole.

Piazza della Repubblica, 22, Cortona (AR)

www. molesini-market.com

Enoteca Wine Bar Da Otto

After an intense day visiting Milan’s main monuments and museums, spend your time off in the hinterland area of Senago, which is a lovely town not very far from the cosmopolitan capitol of Italian fashion. Have yourself a glass of Dievole Chianti Classico or choose one of the 1400 labels hosted by this small but lovely enoteca, which also offers food tastings and an interesting tapas menu.

Via Garibaldi, 14 (MI)

www.enotecadaotto.it

Eat’s Vivere di Gusto

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Photo by Christian Grelard on Flickr

If you are heading to Venezia for the weekend, make a stop in Conegliano at Eat’s Vivere di Gusto to buy a bottle of our Chianti Classico, the perfect wine for a romantic toast during a gondola ride on the Venice laguna.

Via Cesare Battisti 5/R, Conegliano (TV)

www.eatsstore.it

Enoteca Gargiulo

Are you planning a summer vacation to Southern Italy? Don’t miss Eboli, a small but lovely town, with beaches, good weather and delicious food. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Enoteca Gargiulo, a family run business where you can find a wide selection of Italian wines, champagne and the best Italian olive oils, including our Dievole 100% Italian EVOO.

Viale Amendola 137, Eboli (SA)

www.gargiulocoloniali.it

With the advance of nutritional knowledge, every day we learn more and more about what we serve on our plates. But in the ever-changing world of gastronomical values, extra virgin olive oil nutrition is still considered one of the mainstay’s of the oh-so-praised qualities of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Let’s look at the benefits and powers of this prodigious “Liquid Gold” and its potential “Midas Touch” for your diet.

 

Green Manna from the Groves

Olive oil is clear proof of nature’s curative powers: its over 36 Phenolic compounds have been discovered to have innate anti-inflammatory benefits. Said to be the healthiest fat on earth, if extracted using natural methods, as we do here at Dievole, this special ingredient’s nutritional values remain unscathed and you can enjoy the pure, unscathed joy of its nuanced flavours and pairing possibilities.

Olive oil nutrition is skin-friendly

Be it for topical use (A teaspoon a day can be a great exfoliant and moisturiser – plus it does not clog the pores!) or for nutrition, a daily dose of extra virgin olive oil is a real cure-all for all skin types. It’s anti-inflammatory properties support blood vessel strength (thus hindering blotching and infections) and high Vitamin E and antioxidant content fight off free radical damage, hormonal imbalances and oxidative stress, making it a great anti-aging agent.

 

We Heart Olive Oil

Just like red wine, including olive oil nutrition in your daily dietary routine has been proven to have benefits for the heart. The macronutrients help lower bad cholesterol and protect from cardiovascular diseases and blood clotting, some of the leading causes of heart failure. Olive oil nutrition also helps in preventing hypertension, and down regulate inflammatory genes implicated in atherosclerosis.

It’s good for the brain

Put your thinking caps on and drizzle that olive oil – olive oil nutrition is good for the brain! Grey matter is made up mostly of fatty acids so Olive oil nutrition is definitely THE food for your thought. Extra virgin olive oil benefits include lowering rates of depression, dementia and, according to recent research, certain types of cancer.

Olive Oil nutrition: an Ally for Weight Loss

Healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil help keep insulin sugar levels in check and keep your appetite at bay. Studies also suggest that it can also reduce risk of obesity and diabetes. Adding extra virgin olive oil to the meal can help slow down the impact of sugar and carb intakes on your bloodstream. Olive oil is definitely a superfood but that doesn’t mean that can let down your difenses and buy any kind of EVOO. You are what you eat – you deserve quality and the most authentic raw materials. Always read the label and experiment with different types of olives. Delving into the world of olive oil nutrition is bound to improve both your table and your health.

 

We are completely devoted to the wellbeing of our customers and we believe in the value of research and sharing information – even from a scientific standpoint. Much has been said on the presumed benefits of red wine for the heart, so we wanted to put our two cents into the discussion. In Italy we have a saying that states “Se c’è la salute c’è tutto” (When you have health, you have everything), and we agree in its paramount importance. Studies on the subject are still underway but we confide in the veracity of certain statements regarding the benefits of red wine for health.

Good Wine makes Good Blood

For centuries, Tuscan farmers have affirmed the beneficial qualities of red wine, using it to disinfect, cure colds, warm up during the harsher months of the year and boost their immune system. It is scientifically proven that 10% of the human liver is actually dedicated to transforming alcohol into energy so this indicates that it has become a recognised and generally friendly enzyme in our body. It is said that wine probably goes way back to the Paleolithic ages and that its creation can be most likely linked to mankind’s first attempts at developing medicinal brews. Think about it: it’s good, it boosts energy and can be a catalyst for social interaction – an occasional swig can work wonders. But this brings us to the next paragraph.

 

A glass of Wine a day keeps the Doctor away

Everything in moderation. Wine was not invented to be downed in large quantities – it is something that must be savoured and, if we want to give it any sort of curative value, taken in small doses. Preliminary studies suppose that part of the benefit might be due to the high level of antioxidants able to increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and protect against cholesterol buildup – thus protecting the hearts blood vessels from clotting and disease. One antioxidant in particular, known as Resveratrol, is held high in account when it comes to pinpointing the true hero. This nifty component is also said to stimulate glucose uptake into human fat cells and block molecules from converting into fat, which means that it hinders the metabolic effects that could increase the risk for cardiovascular disease.

 

The true benefits of red Wine

What we can say for sure is that a nice glass of red wine now and then can help you through a rough day, add a bit of spice to a romantic night out and relax the mind. A sip of our Chianti Classico holds the story of a long-lived Art, the essence of centuries of research and passion.

If you’re a passionate wine-lover out of personal interest, or if you work in the field, you’ll be looking at your calendar right now, at the beginning of the year, and penciling in what wine events you want to attend around the world. Right? There are numerous important wine events in Italy in 2017, and of course Dievole will be at them. Here’s our list.

Major wine events in Italy in 2017 where Dievole will be present

January 2017: Wine and Siena

Our neighbouring town of Siena plays host to the first major wine event of 2017 and we’re pleased to be there presenting Dievole, as we have been in the past. The two day event takes place January 21-22, 2017, in three locations in Florence. You can find Dievole at the Rocca Salimbeni. The event promises a sensory-taste exploration of the city!

 

February 2017: Chianti Classico

We always take pride in serving Dievole Chianti Classico

We always take pride in serving Dievole Chianti Classico

The Consorzio Chianti Classico organizes the annual presentation of wines produced by wineries under its regulation, only for press and wine professionals. It’s held in Florence, and the 2017 dates are February 13 and 14th. The wines presented by the various labels will be Chianti Classico 2016 in preview, Chianti Classico 2015, Riserva and Gran Selezione 2014 where available.

 

February 2017: Benvenuto Brunello

Every year in Montalcino, the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino organizes an event to present the latest vintages to the press, wine professionals and to the public. The 2017 edition will take place February 17-20 (the days open to the public are however the 19th and the 20th). This year the participating wineries will present Brunello di Montalcino 2012, Riserva 2011 and Rosso di Montalcino 2015. Dievole will be present with our Podere Brizio labels.

 

March 2017: Taste

From March 11-13, 2017, Florence’s Stazione Leopolda will host the 12th annual edition of Taste, an Italian fair dedicated to good eating and good living attended by the top figures in the international gastronomic and catering trades as well as by an increasingly growing public of passionate foodies. The “off” events (Fuori di Taste) spread the joy into the city, creating a long weekend of exquisite taste-bud tantalizing and an opportunity to try new food and wine as well as revisit some old favourites.

 

April 2017: Vinitaly

Serving Vin Santo, the final sweet touch for last year's Cooking Show at Vinitaly

Serving Vin Santo, the final sweet touch for last year’s Cooking Show at Vinitaly

The largest wine event in Italy by far is Vinitaly. The week-long fair in Verona is the main wine trade event for Italian wines, though the presence of international labels grows every year. Last year, we presented our latest Chianti Classico labels here, and our chef created a unique menu to pair with our wines and olive oils. We have exciting things in store for you for Vinitaly 2017 so stay tuned for all the details! The 51st edition will be held April 9-12, 2017.

 

Other popular wine events in Florence and Tuscany

Monthly in Tuscany: God Save the Wine

This is one of those Wine Events in 2017 you should really be looking forward to!

This is one of those Wine Events in 2017 you should really be looking forward to!

In 2016, Dievole participated in a few of the monthly events called “God Save the Wine”, which are worth a shout-out for anyone traveling in the area in the future. Held about monthly either in Florence or elsewhere in Tuscany, these pleasant food and wine evenings are co-organized by sommelier Andrea Gori and the magazine Firenze Spettacolo. Each evening presents some 30 wines chosen by Gori, so you rarely encounter the same label each time, and it’s a great way to tour around the country, vinicologically speaking, without leaving the room. See the latest events on the website http://godsavethewine.com/ (only in Italian).

 

November: Vino é

FISAR, the Italian federation of Sommeliers and Restaurateurs, holds a wine tasting event called Vino é that we can expect some time in November 2017. Labels from all around Italy are presented alongside cooking shows and talks. The event is open to the general public. Keep an eye on www.vinoe.it for the upcoming information.

 

November: Food and Wine in Progress

AIS, the Italian Association of Sommeliers’ Tuscan branch holds a wine tasting event the last weekend in November dedicated to the producers present in our territory. Dievole was present for the 2016 edition at the Stazione Leopolda. Details for the 2017 event will be published at foodandwineinprogress.it.