Bulgari Wine Tasting

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Podernuovo a Palazzone - Bulgari Wine Tasting © 2015 3LaurenAvenue (http://www.laurenavenue.it/)

When you hear the word, Bulgari also known as Bvlgari, what does it remind you of? Dream watches, precious jewelry, perfumes or perhaps super luxurious hotels?
My mind always associated this name to something unreachable and glamourous. Not anymore, as now the name Bulgari brings me back to the Autumn afternoons of many years ago, when I used to watch my beloved uncle harvesting grapes.
I still remember the cellar smelling the strong odor of must as he would pick me up to let me look at the grapes fermenting in old wooden casks. You may wonder how can the name Bulgari bring back nostalgic and rural memories.
The answer is Podernuovo, winery of Giovanni and Paolo Bulgari-an estate that stretches for 20 acres on the hills of Tuscany, in Palazzone San Casciano Dei Bagni.
On a beautiful, sunny Sunday l “get lost” within the vast vineyards of Podernuovo. I then access to the main house by an uphill cypress walk – a typical Tuscan entry that reminds me of the uniqueness of Italy.
The house is on the top of the hill and overlooks the whole estate. A work of art environmentally sustainable, designed by Massimo Alvisi of studio Alvisi Kirimoto & Partners, where glass, steel and wood seem to be in perfect harmony with the surrounding natural landscape.
Clean lines, transparencies and reflections that, along with the natural beauty of the surrounding environment, make the estate a real gem! Downstairs is the wine cellar, with all the machinery to process the wine, while upstairs is the house with a huge panoramic terrace with a 360 ° view over the vineyards.
The house is on the top of the hill and overlooks the whole estate. A work of art environmentally sustainable, designed by Massimo Alvisi of studio Alvisi Kirimoto & Partners, where glass, steel and wood seem to be in perfect harmony with the surrounding natural landscape.
As we sit around a long wooden table, in a beautiful glass room  on the right side We sit all around a long wooden table, in a beautiful rectangular glass room! The right side looks on the outside, on the left hundreds of barrels are positioned downstairs.
Giovanni, sitting at the head of the table, and as a perfect host, tells us the history of the estate the vineyard – left abandoned for many years, was bought in 2004 by him and his father, with the challenge of returning the original beauty to the place still managed to produce excellent wines.
He describes the wine grapes: Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and emphasizes the advanced and environmentally sustainable techniques by which the grape harvest and the various stages of wine production.
The lunch – made from organic products was prepared by Ms. Marisa is divine, but the real stars are Therra, Sotirio, and Argiro wines. The three diamonds of Podernuovo!
Difficult to prefer a wine to another as all are refined and intense. I particularly appreciate Sotirio, whose name comes from the founder of the Bulgari family: pure Sangiovese, bright red color, intense flavor, dry and fruity with a spicy aftertaste. A perfect, classic wine for special occasions only or, for the more pretentious, for a daily sip.
I must admit, in addition to creating precious stones, the Bulgari family also figured out how to handle the most difficult and capricious Tuscan grapes – to produce some outstanding and premium wines.
As I watch Giovanni stroll through vineyards, I am struck in awe of his love, knowledge, admiration and dedication for his craft.
He seems to know every bunch of grapes, and every piece of land that he tramples. Now all the bustle and noise of the world seems so distant and meaningless in comparison to the quiet of nature. This is the essence of Podernuovo in Palazzone, a place that can bring me back to those simple and authentic autumn afternoons of many years ago.
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Laura Ciccarelli was born in Italy on February 3rd, 1986. She graduated in Law and worked first for a Law Firm and then decided to join her family's company working in the transportation's sector. Laura loves travelling and discover the world through Food, Fashion and Art. That's the reason why she decided to open a blog on lifestyle called "3 Lauren Avenue", to write about her feelings and moods mirroring her world's exploration.