New season’s oil from Barneschi

BY SIMONE BANDINI We are with Silvia and Marco Barneschi at the Podere La Piaggia:  and around a rugged rustic wooden table we taste their new extra virgin olive oil on a bruschetta, before trying other ‘magic’ bottles of oil flavoured in the old fashioned way. To get to the two siblings we went down […]

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Castellina in Chianti’s Liquid Gold

BY GIOVANNI SALVIETTI In autumn, when the trees undress themselves, and let their leaves fall, as if they were daughters making light silk dresses for themselves, the olive tree bears its fruits created with difficulty in a long-awaited gestation. Thanks to an ancient process of transformation its liquid gold is distilled: extra virgin olive oil, […]

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The memory of wheat

BY SIMONE BANDINI This story has its roots, it should be said, in the last century, when Amedeo’s grandparents, farmers, bought a farm in the Val d’Orcia, a place which has been chosen as a Unesco World Heritage Site for the splendour of its landscape and the perfect balance there between nature and human activity. […]

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San Conino, precocious beauty

BY SIMONE BANDINI San Conino oil is soft, delightful in appearance and intense in taste. Like a graceful girl whose precocious myth spreads across the grassy slopes of the Val d’Orcia where the sweet song of the ‘two- tailed siren’ rings out –  as in the brand symbol Alessio Panarese selected, a perfect koinè of […]

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