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Salute to Tuscany’s Wines

Tuscany is known for its rolling hills, phenomenal art and the taste from its vines. Lucky for Club Members, Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Borgo alle Vigne sits just a lovely, 10-minute stroll away from La Spinetta, a family-owned winery on land long dedicated to viticulture.

At La Spinetta, which means “top of the hill,” guests can get a hint of the earth, flavor and the flamboyance of the region and its wine. Hear crisp, juicy details on a tour from the winemakers themselves, an intimacy that Borgo alle Vigne general manager Elizabeth Cherry, who helps organize tours with the resort’s winery neighbor, says is a rarity these days.

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Photo courtesy of La Spinetta.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday, Club Member Jennifer Hayes and several friends ventured to the “top of the hill” for one of these tours. “When we got to the main house of the winery, we met up with Montserrat (‘Monsie’),” Jennifer said. “She explained the history of the land, the fertility of the soil and the people who had started the business.”

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Photo by Jennifer Hayes.

During the tour (€25.00 per person) of La Spinetta, you’ll not only get to hear about the complexity of the craft but also see the winery and cellars where the wine you’ll taste is made and stored. Sip on at least four locally made wines while snacking on cheese, ham, salami and bread samplings that complement the flavors of the vine.

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Photo by Jennifer Hayes.

“We walked through each step of the process—from the picking of the grapes to the bottling—even to the type of cork used! Of course the best part was the tasting of many of the wines La Spinetta produces,” Jennifer said, noting that the Sassontino 2005 was her favorite.

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Photo by Jennifer Hayes.

The winery’s Tuscan bottles include the Sangiovese class of wine known as the Riservas, revered for its balance, longevity and fruit freshness that blooms after a decade; the complex Il Rose di Casanova, with the aroma of roses; and many more. Here, travelers can also relish flavors of another regional staple: olive oil. Best tasted in fall after the harvest, Cherry says, “it has the most incredible peppery taste and all our Members comment on how tasty it is!”

Ready to tempt your senses and expand your palate? Start planning a retreat to Tuscany. In addition to exploring La Spinetta, take a cooking class at Borgo alle Vigne, enjoy a classic Italian espresso from Taddeucci or bite into castagnaccio, a cake made mainly of chestnuts, during one of the region’s fall chestnut festivals.

*The photo featured at the top of this article is courtesy of La Spinetta.

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