Wine tasting in a castle

Monday, August 5, 2013

Back in March Jacob and I took a little weekend trip down to Tuscany to explore the Chianti region.

I know, Tuscany is just a weekend trip for us. We're spoiled.

I love castles.

I love wine.

Put the two together and you've got a winning combination.

Castello Di Verrazzano is just that, a vineyard which also happens to be a castle.

I heard about this place through TripAdvisor, and was immediately sold.
I scheduled a tour along with wine tasting and lunch. 
The castle is family owned, and everyone working there lives on the grounds as well.
The tour starts off outside on the castle grounds. Our tour guide was nice and I'm sure shared lots of information, but my attention span isn't the best. I was too busy looking around.

I'm going to be honest, the tour kind of dragged.
I was absolutely starving.
The entire time I was wondering when they were going to feed us.

We went inside the castle, where the wine is made and stored. 

The tour was interesting, but would have been even better if I was enjoying a nice glass of wine during it. 
I once toured a brewery in Tampa that gave you a glass of beer before the tour, and ever since then I thought it was a genius idea that all alcohol related tours should participate in.

By the end Jacob and I were starving, which is never a good look for us.

Right as we were seated in the dining area, glasses of wine immediately began pouring. 
There were four different wines, and each were meant to go with a different course.

I'll be honest, it wasn't the best wine I've ever had.

It wasn't bad by any means, but it definitely wasn't better than anything we're used to drinking.
And with the prices they were charging, we just weren't impressed.

Castello Di Verrazzano has really awesome reviews on TripAdvisor, but I don't feel like it lived up to the hype.

From what I had read I expected the food to be fantastic, and perhaps I'm a bit spoiled from living in Italy for the past two years, but neither of us thought it was anything special.

It was a cool experience, neither of us regretted it, but it wasn't the highlight of our trip.

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