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

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

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
photo by Francesco Guazzelli

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
Bacchus - Dievole

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
Sunrise near Asciano | Photo Antonio Cinotti

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
Our Estate seen from afar.

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
Photo by Vive Toscana on Flickr

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
A different perspective | Ph. Roberto Taddeo

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
Christmas Market in Montepulciano

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
Franco Fontana, Puglia, 1987 - exhibit in San Gimignano

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
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7 Health Benefits of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is a fundamental ingredient of the Mediterannean diet and is recognized as part of this area’s healthy living that results in longevity. Recent studies reaveal that olive oil is not just a topping for our fresh salad – it can improve our lives and health in a countless ways. Here is a […]
October 14, 2015
Fresh Borlotti beans | Photo by @Brunifia, creative commons

Tuscan beans & their use in traditional cooking

Italian cuisine is loved worldwide for its simple techniques and fresh flavours, but many of the recipes that exemplify these characteristics come from a long history of poverty and famine. Many of Tuscany’s most cherished dishes are recipes from cucina povera, “peasant cooking.” The recipes were built around the philosophy of wasting nothing, because nothing […]
October 9, 2015
Hand-selection of low yield grapes

Tradition and innovation in winemaking at Dievole

If Tuscany brings to mind rolling hills, great wines, Medieval towns and Renaissance art, it’s because it’s been that way for a long time. Artistically, Tuscany, and in particular Florence, is the cradle of the Renaissance, but roots go way back – there are Roman and Etruscan ruins just about everywhere you dig. From a […]
October 7, 2015
Truffle hunting in Tuscany | Photo Michela Simoncini (Flickr creative commons)

Four ways to spend an autumn day in Tuscany

Truth be told, there really isn’t a bad time to visit Tuscany (though maybe we’re a little bit biased). But we have to admit there’s something particularly magical about the region when fall is in full swing. From gorgeous foliage to unforgettable food, all the fall cliches come out in full force, making it seem […]
October 2, 2015
Gallo Nero - Black Rooster at Dievole

8 Quirky, historic and legendary tales of Tuscan wines

Do you know… what the story of the black rooster is, or how many litres of wine Medieval Sienese drank? Tuscan wine is full of legendary tales, quirky and fun historic facts. We’ve gathered eight of them for you here. 1) The earliest reference to Florentine wine retailers dates to 1079, and a minor guild […]
September 30, 2015
Sweetelles

Five types of tomatoes and how to use them

If tomatoes don’t excite you particularly, it’s probably because you’ve never tasted one grown in Italy, preferably picked ripe from the vine and eaten still warm from the sun. There is something special about an Italy-grown tomato that has tastebud-changing potential. Biting into a bright red pomodoro at the peak of its seasonal freshness is […]
September 25, 2015
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3 great grape recipes

During harvest time in Tuscany, grapes get picked and crushed for wine, but they also make their way into a lot of seasonal dishes! At home, we might toss them in a rice or green salad salad or make a simple puff pastry tart. For something a bit fancier, we challenged Monika, the chef at […]
September 23, 2015
A view of one of the eroica "white roads"

Eroica – the vintage bike race in Tuscan wine country

What must have it been like to pedal down the dirt roads of the past century, with no apple watch to track your progress, no spandex padded outfits, just the purity of the Tuscan air, the wind in your helmetless-hair as you whiz past rows of cypress trees… This is a feeling that the Eroica […]
September 18, 2015
Spectacular Siena

Siena for art lovers: a day trip itinerary

For most art lovers, spectacular Siena needs no introduction. Sure, it had a historic rivalry with Florence, but don’t pit the two against each other: Siena has plenty of stand-alone power! The Sienese painting school produced masters like Simone Martini, Duccio di Buoninsegna and Ambrogio Lorenzetti; UNESCO named the historic center a World Heritage Site […]
September 16, 2015
Sangiovese grapes almost ready for the harvest at Dievole

Harvest Festivals in Tuscany

September marks the end of summer and the beginning of the harvest season. Harvesting the fruits of the earth, in particular grapes, is a very crucial agricultural moment in Italy, upon which many livelihoods depend. The harvest has always been celebrated by farmers and townspeople with festivals that have pagan origins as well as Christian […]
September 11, 2015
Vines at Dievole

9 ways Dievole is a sustainable winery

The key concept at Dievole is “respect” – for its centuries-long history as well as for recent events, for the earth, the vines, the olive trees and the people who work here. Sustainability in a winery means doing everything an eye to the future, knowing that the earth you’re standing on has been producing wine […]
September 9, 2015
The place setting

How to host a Tuscan vineyard inspired party

Autumn is an ideal time to host a Tuscan vineyard party inspired by the colours of the landscape at this time of year; a heady mix of red, auburn, yellow and terracotta orange colour which transforms the countryside as the season changes and harvest begins. These colours add a warmth to a dinner table setting, […]
September 4, 2015
5 Tuscan towns: (from left) Siena, Livorno, Arezzo, Florence, Lucca

5 Tuscan foods from 5 different towns

If you love food – and who doesn’t love a delicious meal? – this article is for you. Many people come to Tuscany to experience everything it has to offer (art, history, beauty) but when it comes down to it, one of the best things about Italy is the food. Here in Tuscany, you’ll find […]
September 2, 2015
Necropoli delle Grotte and the Bay of Baratti | Photo Credit Holger Hill

5 amazing archaeological sites in Tuscany

Among the many things to do in Tuscany, one way to truly understand this area’s history is to spend some time in its many archeological ruins. Reminders of the complex civilizations of the Romans and Etruscans are scattered throughout the region, so no matter where you’re staying, there’s always an archaeological site nearby. Below are […]
August 28, 2015
The courtyard of the convent that houses the Casa Chianti Classico

The Casa Chianti Classico, a place to learn about and taste wine

In Radda in Chianti, there’s a new place to discover everything about Chianti Classico wines. We spoke Giuseppe Liberatore, the Director of the  Chianti Classico wine consortium,  about the Casa Chianti Classico. 1) Why did the Chianti Classico consortium open its home or “casa”? In partnership with the Fondazione per la Tutela del Territorio del Chianti […]
August 26, 2015
Occhio di Pernice Dievole

5 facts you might not know about Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice

Occhio di Pernice is what they call a “meditation wine”, because saying it’s a dessert wine would be reductive. It requires meditation both in its drinking and in its production. This unique drink is made from the very best, hand-selected Sangiovese grapes, which are hung to dry in a special room called the “Vinsantaia” for […]
August 24, 2015
Approaching Monteriggioni from the Via Francigena | Photo Credit Visit Tuscany

Via Francigena: how, where and why

The Via Francigena just might be the one of the most famous roads in the world. If you’ve never heard the name, you still probably know about, it, without realizing it. Since the middle ages, this road was the main throughway for pilgrims heading from France to Rome, to pay homage to the tombs of […]
August 21, 2015
Caprese salad

6 No-cook recipes from Tuscany

Wherever you are located, in the summer it is almost unbearable to spend time in front of the stove, or to turn on the oven. Luckily, Tuscan cuisine offers some great no-cook dishes. No matter where you are, you can cool off and enjoy a bit of Italy with the no-cook recipes options below. Panzanella […]
August 19, 2015
Dievole's olives

Five Famous Italian olives

Olives have been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years. They were first cultivated by the Assyrians, who figured out that these hard fruits could be eaten and used for oil. That was over 8000 years ago, and since that time, the bush that the Assyrians would have known has been cultivated […]
August 12, 2015
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Food and wine pairings for summer occasions

As summer heats up, our love for red wine can often diminish. Red wines are often considered a heavy winter drink perfect for roast meats and hearty stews, which can be true of some vintages. But summer is an exciting time to enjoy Tuscany’s famed Sangiovese grapes bottled in many surprising guises to tempt everyone’s […]
August 7, 2015