Journey to a Tuscan Vineyard: Savor Every Sip

By Yasmine El Tabib

verdant hills of Tuscany on a motorcycle - Journey to a Tuscan Vineyard: Savor Every Sip

My brother and I wound through the verdant hills of Tuscany on a motorcycle, passing endless rows of grapevines.

winery of the Poggiali family - Journey to a Tuscan Vineyard: Savor Every Sip

We arrived at Fèlsina, a winery of the Poggiali family since 1966.

dynamic Tuscan sky - Journey to a Tuscan Vineyard: Savor Every Sip

A gorgeous Italian woman then packed us in her truck and drove us a short distance to where the grapes grow, under the dynamic Tuscan sky.

Vines dripping in Sangiovese grapes - Journey to a Tuscan Vineyard: Savor Every Sip

Vines dripping in Sangiovese grapes dominated the landscape, but some Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes flourished too.

truckloads of freshly picked grapes - Journey to a Tuscan Vineyard: Savor Every Sip

We watched as truckloads of freshly picked grapes made their way up to the winery.

Journey to a Tuscan Vineyard: Savor Every Sip

It will be years before they are turned into the Fontalloro, Chianti and other wines which they produce.

Room booming with gigantic barrels full of fermenting grapes

Upon returning, we entered a room booming with gigantic barrels full of fermenting grapes.

Tuscany vineyard

And into an intoxicating hallway…

Atop the giant barrels were green glass instruments that Leonardo da Vinci invented which allows gas created by fermentation to escape

Atop the giant barrels were green glass instruments that Leonardo da Vinci invented which allows gas created by fermentation to escape.

A room full of smaller barrels.

Continuing on we entered a room full of smaller barrels.

And into another with even more, almost ready to be bottled

And into another with even more, almost ready to be bottled.

After seeing how far the grapes had come, you have to appreciate the fascinating flavor of each sip

After seeing how far the grapes had come, you have to appreciate the fascinating flavor of each sip.

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