For a precious few weeks, after crushing olives within hours of harvest, olive oil is wonderfully pungent, peppery with an intensely fruity quality.
This green gold is what you find in the Tuscan region of Chianti Classico where we live and operate.
At Muricciaglia we are proud of our olive groves and the oil we produce. Located on a slope at around 550 meters above sea level in the Chianti hills, our property is located in the heart of an area long esteemed for the quality of its olive oil, Tuscan oil with the spicy taste typical of our region.
We welcome visitors and we teach them how to learn to taste oil:
“You pour the oil into a small cup and place it in the palm of your hand, cover tehn the top of the cup with the other hand and swirl it for a few seconds. You are warming the oil that releases some of its aromas. Lift the hand from the top and smell the oil before tasting it.
Don’t drink the oil! You should aerate it creating a spray effect so that the tiny drops of oil cover all parts of the mouth cavity to enjoy the full aroma”.
Not very easy but you’ll succeed, try and try again!
La via Francigena
Even before the year 1000 pilgrims have walked along The Via Francigena, the historic route from Canterbury Cathedral to Rome. Travelling down the Italian peninsula the Pilgrim’s Way reaches Lucca, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Siena, Buonconvento, San Quirico d’ Orcia, Tuscany most wonderful landscapes.
While spending your holidays in Chianti you may decide to embark on a part of the route, Leg 33 from Monteriggioni to Siena, approximately 20 km. You don’t need to be a great athlete, the walk is for everyone. Muricciaglia is fifteen minutes drive from Monteriggioni , completely surrounded by its intact fortified walls, it is unique among Tuscany’s medieval borghi.
A small vineyard in Chianti: Podere Ciona
When planning your wine tasting road trip through the Chianti Classico region, don’t miss the small, family owned and operated winery, Podere Ciona, a renovated century old farmhouse.
The Podere Ciona estate and vineyards are located in the region of Gaiole in Chianti, Chianti Classico major wine center, surrounded by hills, home to several of Chianti’s most acclaimed wineries.
The estate lies on a south-facing hill between approximately 490 and 625 meters above sea level, and the vineyards extend over an area of about 5 hectares, oriented to the south-southwest. At Ciona yields are kept very low, on average, one bottle per vine – in order to produce superior wine. Harvesting is done exclusively by hand and a grape-by-grape selection is carried out at harvest; alcoholic fermentation takes place both in French oak and stainless steel vats, while ageing is primarily done in French oak barriques and tonneaux.
Franco and Franca Gatteschi together with son Lorenzo, the wine maker, welcome visitors, by appointment, to enjoy a tour of the cellars and a tasting of the estate’s wines: Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Chianti Classico, Le Diacce , a Merlot-based IGT , their flagship wine, two young IGTs, Montegrossoli and Semifonte, respectively based on Sangiovese and Merlot grapes and Rosé wine, Sangiovese based.
Buying groceries in Chianti
All Chianti villages have small COOP super markets where you’ll find whatever you need. The first section is usually the fruit and vegetable aisle where you can select your own fruit and vegetables wearing a disposable plastic glove that you find near the produce bags. After you’ll find the milk and meat area with a refrigerated section that contains a wide assortment of cheese, fresh milk and cured meat. Much of the milk can be found on the shelf, it is UHT milk process at ultra-high temperatures, that doesn’t require refrigeration prior to opening. Close to the milk section, on the shelf, you find eggs.
For cheese, cured meat and fresh bread you can go to a counter where you find a great variety of produce. At the butcher counter you can get anything from chicken to beef, pork, rabbit and sausages, all of excellent quality. At counters you need to get a ticket before being served. At the dry food section you find all sort of pastas, tin food, tomato sauces, beans, sugar and coffee……. The wines and spirits aisle offer a wide selection including pure grain alcohol needed to prepare your own limoncello.
A wide assortment of bottled water takes up the final leg of the store.
Now you are ready to come home and start cooking!
Shopping in Siena: food and wine
Stop and shop at the Consorzio AGRARIO, you’ll find high quality products, from breads and pizza to speciality grocery items, fresh vegetables and fruit. You can even have lunch there!
If you have time, explore the back roads where you’ll discover the typical Tuscan neighborhood grocery stores selling local delicacies.
If all you want is a supermarket, COOP is your best bet. Siena’s COOP SUPERSTORE is located close to the train station.
On Wednesday morning the big weekly market takes place from 8.00am to 1.00pm around the Medici fortress. Go early to find parking and get it all in one go!
Inside the walls of the FORTEZZA MEDICEA you may visit the Enoteca Italiana: the location is spectacular. Visitors’ comments about the staff vary.
You have a large choice of wine farms in Chianti, don’t miss Castello di Ama and Antinori, better contact them online to book a visit.