Morning in the vineyard
The hills of Tuscany
The charming gate at the edge of the agriturismo
On our walk into town
View of Greve as we walked into town
Enoteca! Tuscan wines, yes please!
These guys (Damon included) run wild in the hills of Tuscany!
Historic artifacts everywhere
Hey kids! Always remember to stretch before hiking to Tuscan hill towns!
On the way to Montefioralle, at the edge of some vineyards
We ran into some nice ladies from LA and swapped picture-taking favors with them
On the road up to Montefioralle ... hairpin turns
In Montefioralle, with a view of the Tuscan countryside
Taking pictures in Montefioralle
The green, rolling hills of Tuscany ... so pretty!
Italy's all about the details
I love the pretty doors!
Taking a break
This is not the place for Damon's pickup truck!
Another view of the gate to Terre di Baccio. The vineyards have to be securely fenced at all times to keep the wild boars out. Apparently if they get in, they absolutely decimate the plants.
Around the agriturismo
More wild boar, at the entrance of the agriturismo
Love the view!
We walked back down into town and found ourselves at an enoteca (wine shop) that was offering a wine tasting, oh darn! The man working at the shop was super nice and gave us a primer in the differences between the local red wines.
After that we stopped into the town grocery store, which is about the size of a small drug store at home. We wanted to pick up some deli meats and cheeses for a light lunch. Things close down here for siesta, and it just so happened that we made it to the grocery store several minutes prior to siesta. We got in line at the deli and I placed my first order in Italian for un etto (100 grams) each of salame piccante, prosciutto di parma, pecorino rosso, pecorino nero, and tris colores olives. We took it back to the agriturismo and enjoyed it on the patio with a bottle of wine we picked up at the enoteca. It was all delicious!
Lunch on the patio
We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the pool, and walked back into town for dinner. On the way home Damon challenged me to a race up the steep hill leading into the vineyards (he estimates it's a 30-40% grade). I lost by a long shot, and Damon gloated relentlessly about his victory of course!
Sipping wine in the pool, life is really rough in Tuscany!
Damon got artsy with this shot!
Today we don't have big plans. Saturday is market day in town, so we're going to walk into town to see what that's like and then hang by the pool in the afternoon.
I made arrangements for us to hire a driver tomorrow to take us around to some of the wineries, castles, and Etruscan tombs in the area. That should be fun!