Wining, dining and vine-ing in Tuscany

In Italy, knowing how to produce a good drop has come from centuries and centuries of experience in producing the wines that are world-famous today.  The very history of Italy, and particularly Tuscany, goes hand in hand (or rather, glass in hand!) with the history of wine and its production.

 

Sipping on wines produced on the rolling Tuscan hills for centuries, with dishes developed in conjunction to perfectly combine with the wines produced, you can taste the mark of the past in each delicious taste.

One family whose history is as intertwined with that of Italy as the vines on a grape arbor is Prince Duccio Corsini.

Prince Duccio Corsini

The Corsini family is a noble family from Florence that traces its origins back to the twelfth century. Today, the family is famous for its production of high quality Tuscan wine.

 

If you’re not able to be in Tuscany any time soon, or would like to prepare for an upcoming visit by practising the drinking of delicious wines, the Corsini wines are well-distributed internationally. United States, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Great Britain, Russia, Belgium, and Ireland are the main receivers of the Corsini wines.

 

Duccio Corsini explains of his wine production, “My goal is to craft wines of elegance, in which finesse gains the edge over massive body and wins over the wine lover indirectly, like a landscape, like a conversation carried out through nuances of language. Wines that are invitations to a fine meal, to enjoy with friends.”

The Corsini family tree

His is a goal that finds its counterpart in the choice to reduce the quantity of wines types to focus rather on a limited number of wines in order to develop their potential to the fullest.

 

“The decision to concentrate one’s attention, to explore in just a few, carefully chosen directions,” adds Duccio Corsini, “allows one to meet expectations, to offer a wine that will not change suddenly, that will continue to offer the same level of quality. A strong passion is directly proportional to its duration.”

Corsini Don Tommaso

During the Renaissance, members of the Corsini family were important artistic patrons, an activity that culminated in a work that epitomizes the Baroque period – the Trevi fountain in Rome. The Trevi fountain was started in 1732 when the Corsini pope, Pope Clement XII, chose Nicola Salvi’s design. The Corsini coat of arms can still be found on the fountain.

Visitors to both Rome and Florence can also admire palaces erected for the Corsini family. The Palazzo Corsini is a magnificent baroque palace located in the medieval district, Trastevere, of Rome which houses the National Gallery of Antique Art. The majority of the art works in the collection were donated by the Corsini family after having initially been collected by the avid 17th century collector, the cardinal Neri Maria Corsini, and or formed part of the collection of Pope Clement XII.

Corsini wine cellar collection

The collection consists of mainly Italian art from the early-Renaissance to the late-18th century and is displayed in its original location. One of the most famous artists whose work is displayed is Caravaggio, a beautiful painting by him of Saint John the Baptist hangs in the gallery, alongside works by Fra’ Angelico and Rubens. Works by other important artists, among them Botticelli and Raffael, are to be found in the private collection of the Corsini family in their palace in Florence.

 

Short of moving to Tuscany, which is not a bad option in itself, visitors to Tuscany can learn about wine production by touring throughout the Tuscan region.

 

To go one step, and a few sips further, you can also become a part of this great wine history via Artviva’s unique Tuscan wine excursion, Adopt-a-Vine.

Much easier to care for than a dog, less time-consuming than a child, and  with great rewards, Adopt-a-Vine allows you to become the ‘parents’ of a vine that then grows up to become delicious wines!

 

ArtViva offers the unique experience of being able to adopt a vine in the private Tuscan estate vineyard of Prince Duccio Corsini. After then having lunch with the Prince, guests the tour the vineyard, where a personalised, engraved name-plate is placed on one of the vines.

 

This wonderful experience also includes 2 bottles of the estate’s fine Don Tommaso Chianti Classico crù given on the day itself, whilst updates regarding the adopted vintage (including 3 tasting samples) are sent throughout the year. For the personal stakeholder in the vintage of this prestigious wine, a wooden case of six bottles of the specific Don Tommaso vintage is then sent once the grapes have been harvested and the wine produced.

 

The day also includes a comprehensive visit throughout the Prince’s wine cellar, the vineyards and Villa Le Corti. There is also a tasting of one of Italy’s other liquid of choice, extra virgin olive oil.

 

As to the Corsini estate, Ville le Corti was founded in the early 15th century. Today the Villa and its cellar are considered national monuments. Of the 256 hectares, 49 hectares are dedicated to vineyard terrain on ancient alluvial soils at an altitude between 220 to 350 metres.

 

Wines produced by the Villa include traditional, entry level Chianti Classico wines (Le Corti), an innovative crù (Don Tommaso), DOCG’s, as well as some new-style Maremma I.G.T. wines developed with other varietals. The estate wines have received over 90 points from Wine Spectator 12 times in the last 10 vintages.

Prince Corsini's crest

Prince Ducio Corsini, who oversees the production of the wines, says, “I try to create elegant wines, where subtlety prevails over the excess of structure.”

We also have small-group Tuscany wine tours, and exclusive private Tuscany excursions to choose from.

 

And if you’d like to ask a question or two of the friendly, knowledgeable and helpful Artviva staff, you can do so via emailing staff@artviva.com or calling Italian number +39 055 264 5033.

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