If you have not been to Buonamico Winery in the hills of Monte Carlo, Italy (north of Lucca), then the hope is that this “tasting” will encourage you to visit.
Many years back, we toured the facility and it was a basic, no frills experience that we adored, since the tour was conducted by one of the workers, all in Italian, and translated for us by our friend and taxi driver, Elisa. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire time we spent there.
Fast forward to May 2012: the new tasting room, storage facility, and vineyard has undergone a $1 Million euro renovation (if not more!!) that is astounding, to say the least.
The new tasting room, completely surrounded by their beautiful bottles of wine, is a feast for the eyes (and the palate!). The cellar is lovely, the views are phenomenal, and the addition of lunch on the day we visited with friends was over the top.
First, we toured the facility, including a view of the storage tanks, tractors, and “baby” vines just waiting to be planted.
Being able to actually see the process is pretty amazing. To know that so much labor (and love) goes into wine-making makes us appreciate the wine even more.
Then, it was on to the cellar to see the barrels used for aging the wine.
Then, we got a view of their state of the art inventory and storage system. It is so high-tech! On we went to what we each wanted to be our living room…..this room had bottles neatly arranged by year, and an atmosphere of homey delight! Hmmm…. how can we make our home look and feel just like this area??……
And on to our favorite part – The Wine Tasting!
Starting with their sparkling wine, we progressed through to the boldest tasting wine, all guided by their in-house expert.
Needless to say, much fun was indeed had by all! And after all of this great wine, we had worked up quite the little appetites…so…..
On to lunch….OOPS – Next time!