Experience a Genuine Slice of Chianti
I had a few extra minutes before I met with Riccardo, one of the owners the of the agriturimo and winery Tenuta Moriano, so I totally took advantage to relax on the sunny terrace next to the reception center with its spectacular vista and breath in the silence, the beauty and the tranquility. I was already looking forward to meeting the team at Tenuta Moriano, located only 5 km from Montespertoli, and discovering some of their secrets behind making excellent wine and memorable holidays.
The cypress tree driveways, plump olive trees, distant hilltop towns and long rows of grapes run in every direction greet you as you drive the "white road" up to the family run vineyard. But it is only the beginning of your holiday adventure, and as you enter into the gated estate, you will find yourself surrounded by the colorful blooms of hundreds of roses, shady corners offering a temporary reprieve from the Tuscan sun and lots of areas dedicated to amusing kids. I would clarify, we are talking kids of all ages…including romantic adults that want to enjoy a few private moments.
My eyes were drawn immediately to the supersize pool at Tenuta Moriano, just one of the two joining holiday estates. The sparkling cool waters are set in a finely manicured yard, the pool with its special kiddies corner was the first on my “must try” list. But Riccardo guided me over to admire the apartments … and yes, I was immediately distracted. The stylized garden furniture set on the covered patio close to the BBQ had me already thinking about a delicious bistecca fiorentina with fresh tomatoes on the side.
Beauty & Sport at the Vineyards of Montespertoli
A Review of Tenuta Moriano
We loved: attention to the fragrant gardens, close to the vineyards and wonderful views
Ideal for: couples or families with a small child looking for tranquility & relax, yet close to town
Not that I suffer from any kind of attention deficiency, but I was easily lured into the apartment to check out the interior details and was enthusiastic to see a comfortable yet distinctly Tuscan decor, well thought out for practical everyday use. I opened a few drawers and cabinets to take stock of the fully furnished kitchen. Then I peeked into the bedrooms, with closet space and ceiling fans. Last stop the clean and modern bathrooms, with fluffy towels and complimentary soaps. My stamp of approval, everything was carefully organized to make a vacation away from home as comfortable as possible.
But I know it takes more than just the right accommodations and a gracious host to make a holiday memorable. Between Riccardo and Petra, one of the Tenuta Moriano team members, they filled me in about the many activities both on and off the estate that guests can participate in while on vacation near Montespertoli. Starting with the Saturday night buffet, loaded with delicious local recipes, fresh foods and … needless to say great wine. But there is more; the Tuesday night eno-trekking which finishes in an “impromptu” party with dancing and (more) wine or you can also choose from cooking lessons, art classes and a private wine tasting. Going off of the estate, they have contacts to help you with maximizing your time visiting the beautiful cities of Florence & Siena with a professional tour guide.
Romantic Via dell’Amore
This area would make an excellent venue for family reunions, friendly get togethers, and most definitely a destination wedding. The wide open spaces, the many little secluded corners, the romantic array of colors and the fragrance of roses, lavender and rosemary make this a bridal paradise. The little trail carved out of the forest that divides the Tenuta Moriano and Casolare San Lorenzo, provides the perfect cover for a twilight stroll, hand in hand. And now that I mentioned it, the newly built Casolare, is a 10 apartment holiday estate with panoramic views of the Tenuta and, of course, the vineyards with glimpses of the Montespertoli hills and the small towns that dot the landscape.
Maintaining the same high standards as its sister property next door, the Casolare has a large pool, and each apartment boasts a patio or terrace for meals and relaxing. The interiors are in the similar style, with an inviting country decor and the amenities include WiFi, laundry service and all the great onsite activities.
Tenuta Moriano in a Glance:
Type: self catering holiday apartment
Location: Montespertoli, (13 min)
Distance: Florence (60 min), Siena (60 min), Pisa (75 min)
Transport: a car is useful for day trips however, you can walk to Montespertoli and use public transport
Sleeps: 50 (with sofa beds 89 persons)
Type of board: No meals provided
Making Wine at Tenuta Moriano
With such an extensive property, you need a well oiled machine behind it to keep things running. Petra, who speaks Italian, English and German, explained with satisaction "we are a team and it makes the difference; working together, almost like a big family would."
The atmosphere is friendly and casual but professional and prepared, even with all the work between taking care of the agriturismo and the vineyards, I saw first hand how they were always ready to greet their guests as they came in and out of the office asking questions and looking for suggestions.
Following the same path as Chianti wine, choosing quality over quantity, the vineyard has moved into a product based on the traditional strengths and grapes of the area; with five labels and over 15 different kinds of wine, they are always creating something new and exciting.
Riccardo left the family business of design and building quality furniture to embarked on a new adventure, growing the wine estate and nuturing an environment where guests would feel at ease while exploring the beauty of Tuscany. And he admitted, almost in surprise:
”I took over the part of the vineyard partly for responsibility, but it grew on me and now I feel the passion of making not just wine, but good wine.” Riccardo’s enthusiasm for wine production shines when he speaks of the vineyards and cellars, ”I feel as if I am creating something that will live in time.”
The family bought and restored the antique farmhouse Tenuta Moriano because they wanted to return to their roots. In doing so they discovered a passion for creating something fresh, be it the rose garden of his father, the wines in their cantina, or the ambiance for a family vacation in an area perfect for adventure or ideal for relax and tranquility. The self catering apartments at the agriturismo are just a piece of the puzzle, that when put together gives you a well rounded vacation experience.
Bringing Out the Best of Tuscany
The wide open spaces, the games & activities, the incredible vistas over the family vineyard and the comfortable apartments are necessary ingredients for a perfect holiday. However, it is the atmosphere that the Tenuta Moriano team has created that will make your vacation in Tuscany unforgettable.
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