OMG today in Sam Gimi was so crowded!
Market day is Thursday, until 1pm, so throngs of tourist buses came in and out but, despite the crowds, it was great because shopping, both in the market and shops, was reasonably priced.
You can get a bottle of Chianti for 5 Euro, grab some salami, cheese and rosemary fries (yum!) and sit on the steps of the main square and watch the world go by.
Souvenirs – olive wood products, gift wrapped wine, olive oil, marble etc was cheaper than in Volterra, the nearby walled city we had just arrived from.
There is one main reason the crowds didn’t bother us, we had already been in San Gimi at night and it was breathtaking. Imagine – hardly any people and those captivating towers lit up with a golden glow…
Avoid the big crowds at The Venaccia Wine Museum on a hill at the highest point of the town. Don’t go for an education in wine – it is not good as a museum – but it is awesome as a place to hangout, overlooking the vineyards and more peaceful than the rest of town.
The view from the outdoor terrace (see above) is gorgeous.
The cheapest Vernaccio is 3 Euro a glass and a wine tasting of four wines is 8 Euro. Not bad at all 😉
There are so many wine tasting tours around Tuscany, I wanted to go where the locals go so while in the small town of Vinci (where Leonardo Da Vinci was born) we popped into the local wine and olive farm, Doccia al Poggio, which is directed by Celeste Policicchio.
Celeste wasn’t around but his young sons were at hand to pour us some generous measures of everything they had to offer. They had little English and I had about five words of Italian but we got on well. They even happily posed for some pictures!
Steeped in history, the farm was the property of Count Mesetti, who was a nobleman and pioneer of racing cars.
Today the Policicchio family produce six wines. A white Bianci di Toscana, a Chianti, a Tuscany red, a rose and a dessert wine.
I tried four (it was Sep 22 and they had already sold out of two wines and all of their olive oil).
The white had delicious scents of honey and a fruity warm taste. A great one for slurping with a cheese and fruit feast or casually.
The Chianti had good character and the other red was less impressive but good by all means.
The dessert wine was actually one of the finest I have tasted.
We took some white, Chianti and red bottles.
The prices range from 2.50 euros (for the cheapest wine that was sold out) to the most expensive (dessert wine) at 12.50 euros.
We spent 16 euros on four bottles.
I’m super excited right now. It’s late and lovely Mario is flipping pancakes for the journey. I’m sending this first blog post about the wine-filled journey we are about to embark on around Tuscany’s famous wine region!
We will be going to Florence, Pisa, Siena, Elba and as many places as we can in between!
So first things first. Let me introduce the home on four wheels we will be doing it in. All three tonnes of it.
Our home for the next three weeks
Check out the livingroom and bedroom!
As you can see it’s a cosy space for many evenings of curling up with a glass of wine 🙂
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