The rolling hills of Dievole..

Tuscany wine tours: 7 tips to organize your travel

Some of the best Tuscany wine tours can be found in Chianti Classico, the oldest part of Chianti and one of Tuscany’s most important Wine tourism destinations. Depending on your expectations, level of expertise and budget, here are a 7 tips to make the best of your Tuscany wine tours. Plan ahead: organising Tuscany Wine […]
April 27, 2016
The evocative hand-sculpted walls of this unique dining hotspot make it one of the best Tuscany Restaurants.

Tuscany Restaurants near Siena: 3 not-to-miss eateries

Dievole is the perfect starting point to discover the many wonders of the Chianti territory and food is one of our land’s most important assets. Although our guests are always welcome to enjoy themselves in our restaurant and wine bar, we like to encourage their culinary outings so here is a useful list of Great Tuscany […]
April 23, 2016
Fragment of a sculpture holding a bunch of grapes.

Italian Wine Museums You Should Visit

Here are 5 Italian Wine Museums for all you wine-lovers visiting Italy and dying to take their wine knowledge up a notch! Want to spend an entire day discovering the joys and pains of winemaking through history, art and local traditions? Well, then this itinerary was made for you. Italy is world famous for the production of excellent wines and offers […]
April 20, 2016
Would you have ever imagined to eat ribollita inside a macaron?

Food and wine pairings at the Vinitaly Dievole cooking show

On March 11th 2016 Dievole pampered the palates of a select number of critics and wine experts during Vinitaly’s 50th edition with a special cooking show evocatively called “Symphony of Dievole”, held inside the Agora space of the Agrifood pavilion. Chef Monika Filipinska prepared a tasting menu specifically designed to pair perfectly with Dievole’s line of […]
April 15, 2016
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Dievole main sponsor at LSDM 2016

  Mozzarella. A traditional product in Italy, especially in the South: “It’s like water, like life” explains Guido Barendson, coordinator of the Espresso Restaurant Guides, “fascinating, hard to manage”. All the participants at Le Strade della Mozzarella, which takes place in Paestum from April 18-19, 2016, are forced to work with this same difficult primary […]
April 13, 2016
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Restaurants in Verona that serve Dievole wines

Verona is on of the most beautiful cities of the Veneto region. Straddling the Adige River, every year it welcomes wineries and wine professionals from all over the world, who come together to taste new products and participate in debates in which the main focus is , yes, the one and only: wine. Vinitaly takes place from April 10-13 […]
April 8, 2016
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The best tips to photograph landscapes Around Siena with Antonio Cinotti

If you’re looking for great photographs in the Siena area, you’re liable to come across some by Antonio Cinotti (aka @antoncino on instagram and @AntonioCinotti on twitter). He is one of the most enthusiastic landscape photographers we’ve ever met, a generous soul who shares his tips both online and off, and a true lover of […]
April 6, 2016
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Visit Dievole at Vinitaly 2016

Vinitaly takes place April 10-13, 2016 in Verona, Italy, and as every year, Dievole will be there. With more than 4100 exhibitors and 100,000 square meters of exhibition space, it is the world’s leading trade fair in the wine sector. While the fair is reserved for those working in the wine industry and for journalists, […]
March 30, 2016
One of our favorite dessert recipes with extra virgin olive oil!

Dessert recipes with Olive Oil

Dessert recipes with olive oil are a clear expression of this ingredient’s creative versatility, a richness that has inspired many chefs throughout the centuries. Lighter than butter and lard, olive oil can be the perfect and healthy substitute for other cooking oils and can be used in baking brownies, quick breads and all sorts of delicacies. […]
March 25, 2016
On the fiume Elsa you can also find the beautiful thermal baths of Le Caldane - Pic by Mirella Bruni

Top waterfront walks in Tuscany

Springtime is in full bloom here in Tuscany, but the temperatures aren’t yet scorching enough for a swim. That doesn’t stop most of us from craving sunshine and sparkling waters, however. It may not be time to jump underwater just yet, but sometimes a river-, stream- or seafront stroll is just as rejuvenating as a […]
March 23, 2016
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Traditional Easter recipes in Tuscany

Easter is one of Tuscany’s most beloved festivities and its manifold recipes have been passed on from generation to generation. In medieval times during the 40 days of fasting people were only allowed to eat fish and vegetables, so in order to not let the overabundance of eggs go to waste, farmer families used them […]
March 18, 2016
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Introducing Dievole’s Chianti Classico Wine Vinegar

2016 is already looking like a special year for Dievole. After introducing our new line of Chianti Classico DOCG wines, we’ve undertaken yet another challenging venture: the production of vinegar. We sat down with Marco Scanu, head of olive oil at Dievole and one of the minds behind this revolutionary new production. Get ready to […]
March 16, 2016
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Spring in Tuscany: best places to see flowers

Spring in Tuscany can be a true cure-all after the dreary Winter months. This season unleashes colors and fragrances all throughout the fields and vineyards of the region’s lush countryside. In Dievole you can spot flowering rose bushes, wild daisies and fragrant wisteria, while the lush landscapes of our Natural Path change color in the […]
March 9, 2016
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Top Five Olive Oil Apps Every Foodie Should Use

Who knew there were apps about Olive Oil? That having been said, with more than 1.000 olive varieties, each one with its unique characteristics, finding the perfect olive oil for your needs can be a challenging, but not impossible task. So here are the top five olive oil apps every foodie should use. Best Olive […]
March 4, 2016
Chestnuts and walnuts grow in abundance here in Tuscany

Tuscan Sayings about Food

The many nuances and origins of the culinary language can be seen as a sort of “cultural litmus”, as they reveal the primordial origins of our eating habits and tastes. Tuscany is especially rich when it comes to traditional sayings about food and celebrating the art of the table, since every meal and ingredient bears a […]
February 26, 2016
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A short history of Dievole through documents

Imagine if you paid the rent in 6 soldi, 2 capons and 3 loaves of bread every December! That’s the rent assigned to two farmers named Winizio of Sichelmo and Rodolfino di Ardimanno back in 1090 for some land called “Dieulele”, not far from Siena. As you may have guessed, that’s us: Dievole. And if […]
February 22, 2016
7 Songs about wine

7 Songs about Wine

Music and wine often pair wonderfully. While a nice glass of vintage will certainly relax your body and mind, sometimes the harmonious combination of words and sound can pleasantly enhance your drinking experience. In the world of music, soft-spoken soul lyrics evoke the finest of sweet wines and passionate rock’n’roll tunes speak of the joys and […]
February 18, 2016
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Pairing Chianti Classico: a menu by Michelin starred chef Peter Brunel

Dievole Chianti Classico is a wine you can enjoy every day, or for a special occasion. When we presented our new line of Chianti Classico to the press recently, it was a very special occasion indeed. The menu was developed by Michelin starred chef Peter Brunel for Caffè dell’Oro in Florence, the restaurant inside Ferragamo’s […]
February 15, 2016
The new Dievole Chianti Classico

New Year, New Wine, New Dievole: Meet the most Classic Chianti Classico

Since 2013, Dievole has been undergoing a slow and sustainable transformation. Wine takes time and patience, and now the moment has finally come to share with you the results of this Renaissance: the new line of Dievole Chianti Classico. With 2016 comes a new wine – that harvested in 2013 – and a new Dievole […]
February 12, 2016
The Abbey looks even more legendary in the fog | Ph. Carlo Tardani (Flickr Creative Commons)

San Galgano and the legend of the sword in the stone

San Galgano and the legend of the sword in the stone Few tourists realise that many of Tuscany’s legends are just as dramatic and captivating as its landscapes. One of the most fascinating is connected to a medieval abbey southeast of Siena, between Chiusdino and Monticiano. The Abbey of San Galgano was once a Cistercian […]
February 11, 2016
The woods that are part of Dievole's Natural Path are perfect for a romantic stroll - search out nature near you, or wherever you can go for a long walk

Valentine’s Day: 6 Simple, Tuscany-inspired Romantic Ideas

Valentine’s day is around the corner. Lovers in Italy usually celebrate this special day with a romantic dinner and the exchange of chocolates – the cheesy romantic quotes tucked inside a Baci Perugina are a perennial favourite. The commercial side of Valentine’s Day hasn’t fully hit Tuscany, where gestures relating to the good life of […]
February 5, 2016
Anteprima Chianti Classico at the Stazione Leopolda

300 years of Chianti Classico – a preview

Dievole is gearing up for one of the most anticipated events in our wine territory each year: the Anteprima Chianti Classico. Organized by the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, this annual event, which is reserved to the press, unites international journalists with local producers and will be held at the Stazione Leopolda on February 15 and […]
January 29, 2016
Start with deliciously ripe tomatoes!

The Tuscan idea of kid-friendly food

Italy is well-known for its overall obsession with food and certain rituals are taken on from a very young age. A typical example of these long-standing traditions is the merenda, which comes from the Latin expression “things you have to deserve”, a light mid-afternoon snack. Each region does it differently, but one thing’s certain: Tuscany […]
January 27, 2016
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Annual Wine Events in Tuscany

If you are a wine enthusiast and want to expand your knowlege during your stay, there are a lot of wine events in Tuscany year round. Here’s a list in chronological order. Please remember that dates may change from year to year; we’ve listed the months and confirmed 2016 dates for annual wine events in […]
January 22, 2016
Chickpeas are a Tuscan favorite and a great source of fiber and protein.

The Vegan diet and extra virgin olive oil

Although awareness is on the rise in Italy and many facilities are updating their menus, recipes and produce, following a 100% plant-based diet can be quite challenging, especially when it comes to experiencing local gastronomy and traditions. Pairing the vegan diet and olive oil is a delicious and simple solution for those who don’t want to give up the pleasures of an […]
January 20, 2016
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Wine in Tuscan idiomatic expressions

Idiomatic expressions are an important part of every country’s cultural heritage. Wine philosophy flows deep in the veins of Tuscany’s everyday life and conversations, where folklore-tinged mottos can frequently be overheard. Here at Dievole we recognize the priceless value of these ancient words that to this day have the power to inspire wisdom and laughter, […]
January 18, 2016
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7 Benefits of Italian wine for health

In this article we will analyze the 7 benefits of Italian wine for health. Ever since the ancient days, wine has been seen and used as a miracle-working natural remedy. In 3000 b.C. The Egyptians dissolved herbs in wine to heal stomach aches, herpes and other aliments. Hippocrates himself, considered the father of western medicine, promoted […]
January 15, 2016
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5 must-eat Tuscan winter dishes

The bone-chilling Tuscan Winter doesn’t only strengthen our vineyards: it also livens our appetites! Our region is renowned for its culinary specialities, which masterfully combine simplicity, seasonal ingredients and unique gusto. Staples of the wintertime table are olive oil, wine, bread and tons of healthy cooked vegetables. While for some, this peculiar cuisine is an acquired […]
January 13, 2016
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Your 2016 Tuscany Travel Bucket List

If Tuscany was on your holiday wishlist, it’s time to start planning your Tuscany Travel Bucket List! Between special events, new museums and the beauties Tuscany offers year round, doing it all would require a long visit. We’ve scoured the web for tips on the best things to do in Tuscany in 2016 from blogs […]
January 4, 2016
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4 thirst-inspiring movies about wine

Not only has wine managed to score an important role on our tables: its has also effortlessly made its way onto the big screen. From iconic screenwriting landmarks, such as Hannibal Lecter’s Chianti line in the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs”, to taking over entire plots, wine in movies is true star-material. Humble […]
December 28, 2015
Marco Scanu, Dievole's oil expert

5 Tips for Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting

Extra virgin olive oil tasting is a delicate and elaborate task akin to that of wine tasting, yet few people have had the opportunity to try it. Dievole’s oil expert Marco Scanu took the time to give us five tips, useful keys to access the rich realms of extra virgin olive oil. 1. Wine before […]
December 23, 2015
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Tuscan hospitality at Dievole

Tuscany is a land of generous hospitality and authentic people. For centuries, our estate has fully embraced these qualities, staying in tune with the changing times and needs of our clients. Imbued in history and picturesque charm, our structure and surrounding countryside offer a sense of understated luxury and relax. Everything we do is in […]
December 18, 2015
These are the glasses we use to serve Chianti Classico reds

How to Serve Dievole Wine: Temperatures & Glasses

Good wine will always be a joy to drink, especially in good company. While technically even a plastic cup cannot harm a good wine, serving it a little more carefully can lead to a lot more pleasure. Wine deserves this respect, and will reward your sensitive treatment. The ideal temperature for red wines One of […]
December 16, 2015
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Christmas sweets from Siena: Panforte, Ricciarelli and Cavalucci

The Christmas season in Italy brings many joyful things such as Babbo Natale (Santa Claus), tree lightings and holiday markets selling sweet wine and sausages. It also brings its fair share of special Italian holiday treats. All over Italy, cities and regions are famous for their specific deserts served only at this time of year. […]
December 11, 2015
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Five questions for Alberto Antonini, oenologist

Named one of the top 5 wine consultants in the world by Decanter magazine in 2015, Alberto Antonini has clients around the world, in Italy, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, USA, Canada, Australia and Armenia. Known for helping wineries turn around and rediscover a sense of place, he’s been working with Dievole since 2013. After consulting all […]
December 10, 2015
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What to do in Siena any time of year

Siena is often overshadowed by Florence, but it’s one of Tuscany’s liveliest and loveliest cities, no matter what time of year you visit. The following suggestions are our “musts” for your itinerary, with special notes added for the season you’re visiting. Visit the cathedral complex No trip to Siena is complete without a stop at […]
December 4, 2015
Know your Olive Oil

Get to know your olive oil terminology

Sometimes buying the right olive oil can seem like reading a chemistry manual. Cold pressed, DOP, extra virgin and other terms can make it hard to know what you’re buying or even understand what you need. Luckily, with a little help you can easily read even the trickiest of labels and ensure the perfect oil […]
December 2, 2015
A festive table at Dievole

Wine for the holidays: the partridge and the pairing tree

Here at Dievole, wine plays an important role every day. Like a silent yet loving relative, it warms up our table and makes our guests feel at ease. Holidays without its soothing presence are simply unthinkable for us but selection is key, so we want to give you a few useful tips on how to […]
November 30, 2015
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Christmas Markets in Tuscany

Christmas is in the air in Tuscany. It’s that time of year when the cooler weather makes you want to cuddle up by the fire with a nice glass of Chianti Classico wine and listen to Michael Bublé’s classics… Or, head out and get into the mood with holiday markets, photos of your child making […]
November 27, 2015
The final dish: pick with kale pesto, breadcrumbs, fagioli cannellini and kale chips

Video Recipe: pici with kale pesto

If you’re looking for the ultimate seasonal dish, our chef Monika has just what you need: a simple but tasty homemade kale pesto with a twist. The leafy green queen of traditional dishes such as ribollita and Tuscan minestra, cavolo nero is one of our region’s quintessential Winter ingredients. This cold hardy vegetable thrives in the […]
November 20, 2015
A nice glass of...red!

5 reasons you should order your holiday gifts from Dievole

The Holiday season is approaching and the tingling of gift-shopping and festive eating are bound to take hold of even the most scrooge-like figures. Here at Dievole, we believe that wine is a timeless gift. Here are the reasons why this season you should lay off sweater-knitting and avoid last-minute purchases to take advantage of […]
November 18, 2015
A maiolica shop in Montelupo, Tuscany

12 of the best gifts from Tuscany

With the holiday season just around the corner, the time has come to start making those lists and checking them twice. No matter whom you’re buying for, you’re bound to find something that suits their tastes in Tuscany. Ranging from handcrafted Florentine treasures to zesty seasonings and snacks from all over the region, our twelve […]
November 13, 2015
Dievole Olio Day 2015

New Olive Oil Tasting at Dievole

On November 1, 2015, we held a special event to celebrate and savour Dievole’s first batch of extra virgin olive oil in the company of expert oleologist Marco Scanu. To make this day even better, we enjoyed a tour of the olive groves and tasted the delicious menu developed by our chef Monika Filipinska. The sun […]
November 11, 2015
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7 tips for ordering wine in a restaurant

If you’re someone who enjoys wine but wouldn’t call yourself an expert, the wine list at a fancy restaurant can be a bit of a mystery. Most list names, dates, and grape variety, without a longer description that would make it easier for you to make an educated choice. You wouldn’t be the first person […]
November 6, 2015
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November 2015 Events in Tuscany

Temperatures are dropping and tourists are filtering out, but November in Tuscany is anything but bleak! This season’s full calendar of temporary exhibitions, festivals and foodie events offers plenty of chances to see Tuscany in a different light and worthwhile excuses to take those day trips you’ve been postponing. Here are some highlights around the […]
November 2, 2015
Monika with Squash Risotto

Video recipe: Tuscan squash risotto with blue cheese

We asked our chef Monika to create a comforting recipe with zuccca, which generically translates as pumpkin in English but we’re talking about the delicious edible squash varieties that are available in most regions all fall and winter. We’ve got quite an impressive crop in our kitchen garden, so she’s been making cream of squash […]
October 30, 2015
Almost ripe olives on the tree

Dievole Olive Oil 2015 harvest prediction

2015 is looking like a stand-out year for olive oil production in Tuscany and especially here at Dievole! We caught up with our oil maker Marco Scanu in the olive grove next to Dievole’s villa to find out what to expect from this year’s crop. The Dievole olive oil project began in earnest in 2014, […]
October 28, 2015
The cellar at Dievole

2015 Dievole vintage report with enologist Giovanni Alberio

The 2015 grape growing season was highly positive, thanks to a warm and dry summer. Dievole enologist Giovanni Alberio provides his vintage report and what we can expect from the 2015 Chianti Classico at Dievole. Throughout the growing season, we worked the earth deeply so that the roots weren’t stressed by the lack of water […]
October 22, 2015
Olives in the mill at Dievole

Join us November 1 for #Dievoleolioday 2015

The moment that the season’s new oil comes off the press is always a magical one, and this year in Tuscany it’s even more anticipated than ever! Olio Day at Dievole is a special day to celebrate this year’s extra virgin olive oil harvest and it’s open to the public – with limited space. The […]
October 19, 2015
The Lovely Town of Greve in Chianti | ph. Taco Witte (Flickr Creative Commons)

5 towns in the Chianti Classico Area

Though it can feel a little trite to say that Tuscany is a “state of mind,” there’s no denying that here, regional borders are rough at best, and precise geographical boundaries can be elusive. The “Chianti Classico” area is better defined than many of its counterparts, though, due mostly to boundaries delineated by Cosimo III […]
October 16, 2015