The Chianti Classico Antinori Cellar: Wine between art and the future.

It’s a thin and deep incision in the hill. As enthralling as the precious Tagli (‘slashes’) by Lucio Fontana. And just like the works of that great artist, here too, on the hills that run parallel to the highway to Siena, a new dimension opens. Inside the earth. It’s found in Bargino, in the Municipality of San Casciano Val di Pesa, half an hour’s drive from the Renaissance heart of Florence, the new headquarters of Marchesi Antinori and the new Chianti Classico Cellar. An extraordinary feat of architecture that hides among the olive groves and vineyards, the forests of oaks and holm oaks. A secret lair where wine and its making are central to every path, production and visit. A temple dedicated to wine, but, above all, an homage to the Tuscan landscape and its vineyards. Unmarred, but rather embellished by the mastery of men, just as it has been in the Tuscan countryside for centuries. In the heart of the Chianti Classico, the homeland of the Antinori family, lives the future of winemakers driven by the single passion of 26 generations – to make great wine. This “new palazzo” born in the earth, covered by vines, is the synthesis of quality Italian know-how. A strength possessed by the family and by its history. “Maintaining the family line in the production and continued improvement of our vineyards and our cellars is not a sentimental choice, a forced recurrence of tradition, but the most appropriate way, perhaps the only way, in which you can, over time, do your best work.” wrote Piero Antinori recently in his book “Il Profumo del Chianti”. The 2013 Melody of Wine Festival opens on June 27 in the spectacularly scenic spaces of the Chianti Antinori Cellars. To visit the website, click here.

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PETRA: a perfect union of the traditional and the modern. On 29th June Tenuta turns “theatre” with the Melodia del Vino Festival

In the spellbinding region of Suvereto, in the province of Livorno, PETRA rises from the land, this summer providing the backdrop for events of the “MelodiadelVino” Festival. The wine estate spans across three hundred hectares of vineyards, woodland and olive groves and here we see an example of agricultural traditions fusing with innovation and the strive towards improvement. The specific conditions of the land make this an exceptional and exclusive wine territory. The project was born from the passion of Vittorio Moretti and his daughter Francesca, who decided on the name “PETRA” as a testament to the durability of the culture and values of the land. It was built by Mario Botta and seeks to express the principles of the company; a working community and a welcoming environment. The grandeur of the estate fits perfectly with the surrounding Maremma hills, the sea, the scattering of farmhouses and the olive groves. The serenity of the natural countryside will blend with the harmonious melodies of the concerts on 29th June. Visit the website of the Cantina Petra

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Divine wine and elegant music at Castello Banfi. The Festival comes to Montalcino on 2nd July

The famous golden, rural landscapes to the south of Siena known as the “terre di Siena” offer some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, which on 2nd July 2012 will host the “MelodiadelVino” Festival, with a cello recital from Russian Maestro Alexandre Knaizev. The location for the event will be the stunning Castello Banfi, where we will see the harmony of music touching the traditions of viticulture. Sitting between the rivers of Orcia and Ombrone the Banfi estate extends over the southern slopes of Montalcino with around 3,000 hectares of land, over 850 of which are dedicated to highly specialized vines, testament to a unique heritage and history of wine production. Respect for the use of the land and the desire to enhance its properties have always inspired Banfi to create wines of great character, noted for their strong affinity with the soil. The winery is also very tuned in to the concept of the union between the land, wine and culture, which it develops by arranging a number of events. Inside the castle some of the rooms also house the Museo del Vino e del Vetro (Museum of Wine and Glass) where the largest private collection of glassworks from Imperial Rome is on display, alongside other rare pieces from different historical periods up to present times. Visit the website of Castello Banfi.

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The fourth evening of the Festival at the Tenuta Rocca di Montemassi. The countryside of Maremma hosts concerts on 4th July

One of the most breathtaking locations hosting the Festival this year is the Rocca di Montemassi in the heart of Maremma. The property is situated in Roccastrada in the province of Grosseto, immersed in the characteristic Tuscan countryside; to one side the olive covered hillside exudes intense perfume and to the other lies the Mediterranean coast, radiating colour and its unique aroma. This area has received the classification DOC Montereggio and is hence known specifically for the production of high quality wines. The unique character of the Rocca is born from an inherent tradition and history of wine; the same building also houses the Museum of Rural Culture. The idea of the museum came from Gianni and Silvana Zonin as a means to increase appreciation of the area of Maremma, to share the antique traditions of the land with the younger generation, to preserve and maintain their value. The Tenuta Rocca di Montemassi is therefore a natural stage to host the event of the Festival scheduled for 4th July. Visit the website of the Tenuta Rocca di Montemassi.

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Tenuta Rocca di Frassinello: classical music and local wine. Closing performance of the Melodia del Vino Festival on 6th July

Rocca di Frassinello sits amidst an idyllic landscape, rich with history, culture and tradition. The project was initiated by a collaboration between two leading names in the wine industry, when the Castellare di Castellina wine estate widened its horizons for the first time towards the international scene, entering a joint venture with French producer Domaines Baron de Rothschild-Lafite. The Rocca di Frassinello winery was conceptualized by Renzo Piano, one of the world’s top architects. His mark ensured the success of the project where elegance and harmony feature strongly without detracting from the functional aspects of the winery. The barique cellar is a perfect example of the combination of spirit and practicality where the sun’s rays illuminate the interior space from above, creating the sense of a real theatre. The structure is also noted for having adopted an Eco-friendly philosophy with regard to the wine production itself. The atmosphere of the cellar, the surrounding nature and the respect for the environment make Rocca di Frassinello an ideal place to host a enchanting musical evening of the “MelodiadelVino” Festival. This emotional setting will indeed be the scene for the performance of pianist Giovanni Bellucci. Visit the website of Tenuta Rocca di Frassinello

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