From March 13 to 17, a delegation of producers from Bolivia visited Tuscany as a study trip to learn from best practices in different fields of wine production, grape growing and eno tourism.

On March 14, we visited the renowned Antinori winery in Bargino, in the beating heart of Chianti Classico. We had a tour and tasting and met with Antinori’s winemaker Renzo Cotarella.. From Antinori we went to Querciabella and then to Montalcino.

On March 15, we first visited Biondi-Santi, had a tour and tasting and from there we visited San Polino. Katia Nussbaum showed us bio-dynamic viticulture and explained the Bolivian winemakers about the philosophy and techniques. After lunch at Fattoria Barbi and a visit of the beautiful Sant’Antimo church, Esther Jürgens showed us Ciacci Piccolomini. Paolo Bianchini welcomed us and we had a great tour and tasting. Learned a lot about eno tourism!

On March 16, we first visited Il Palazzone. This winery has incredible quality, in a more modern style. Corte Pavone was next on our list, where we also enjoyed lunch (risotto della Brunello).
Máté did a very good job in terms of promotion of the brand via the various books about living and working between the vines in Tuscany (by [name]).

On our last day, we visited Sassicaia in Bolgheri and had a vineyard excursion with the viticulturist. A tour and tasting followed in the winery which completed this very enjoyable and interesting study trip to Tuscany. Next year we’ll go to South Africa!!