2017 V. Sattui Tuscany Tour
Explore the real Italy, the magical, mystical countryside of Tuscany and Umbria.
Imagine you had a good friend from Italy who knew all of the best places to see, eat, drink great wine, and could introduce you to some of the locals. We have that friend, and we’re sharing her with you! Franca Lingren is an Italian native who now makes her home in California. She leads our V. Sattui guests through charming villages, farmhouses, majestic castles and beautiful architecture of churches and monasteries. You’ll taste some of the world’s finest olive oils, wines, learn how the Italians cook, and eat meals you’ll remember for a lifetime.
“Open your heart and you will see . . . Italy.” – Robert Browning
Total cost per person, double occupancy, exclusive of airfare: $4,400.
Space is limited to 16 travelers. Available on a first-come-first-served basis. Reserve early!
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Tour includes: all meals, bilingual guides, bus transportation, eight nights premium lodging in Italian castles and historic inns, accommodations based on double occupancy, sightseeing, tours, museums, wine tastings, olive oil tastings, and cooking demonstrations. View itinerary.
“Franca – You seem to know everybody and everybody loves you. Including us!” – Love, Steve & Debbie
“Franca – Grazie! for this most wonderful experience of a lifetime. You are the most gracious, loving, full of life & love hostess.” – Theresa & John
“Magical trip! We love you, Franca & Ron.” – Love, Jeff & Gail
Dario's 10th Century Monastery
Stay in Dario's 10th century monastery in the heart of Tuscany!
Monastero di Coriano
Your chance to stay in a monastery with more than 1,000 years of history that has been authentically restored to evoke the romance of another era.
Nestled in the hills at the confluence of three valleys 23 miles east of Siena in Tuscany is Monastero di Coriano, built more than 1,000 years ago. It remained a fortified monastery in the Augustian Order of the Catholic Church until 1650, when the order was abolished by the Pope, as it rivaled his power. It then became a farm. Dario Sattui, owner of V. Sattui winery and Castello di Amorosa, bought it in 1991.
Monastero di Coriano has recently been beautifully and authentically remodeled, and one apartment is available for rent on a limited basis by the week only to V. Sattui and Castello di Amorosa club members.
The two-bedroom, one large bath apartment can comfortably host four people. It has a large fireplace, large, fully-equipped kitchen and dining area. It is furnished with antiques, but has modern-day free wi-fi service.
Guests will enjoy the Monastery’s swimming pool, pond, outdoor oven for making bread and pizza, as well as an outdoor kitchen and pergola for al fresco dining.
The Monastery’s courtyard features a deep well, surrounded on four sides by a church and two-story buildings in which the farm animals and monks lived. It overlooks a castle 2 miles away, another monastery, a walled medieval town, vineyards, olive orchards, fields and forest. The monastery is surrounded by 5 acres of olives and immense forests. It is very private and secluded, yet close to many major sites.
Monastero di Coriano is very centrally located and near just about everything. Distances by car to:
- Chianti Classico – 20 Minutes
- Siena – 25 Minutes
- Cortona – 30 Minutes
- Piensa – 40 Minutes
- Montalcino – 50 Minutes
- Florence – 60 Minutes
- San Gimignano – 75 Minutes
- Assisi – 75 Minutes
- Rome – 115 Minutes
Special pricing for V. Sattui Winery Guests: $250 per night including all taxes for a 1-5 night stay, and stays over 6 days at a rate of $225 per night including all taxes. This rental cannot be reserved by calling either V. Sattui or Castello di Amorosa. Early reservations are highly recommended to secure desired dates. A $350 deposit is required at booking, which applies towards rental of the property.
Payment due in full at least 60 days prior to occupancy.
$500 damage/breakage deposit required before taking occupancy. Fully refundable
if no damage or breakage occurs.
* Price includes all taxes and service charges. Cleaning service also available at additional cost.
Contact Irina at 510-432-3520 or Irina@CastelloDiAmorosa.com
2017 President's Wine Cruise
World-Famous Vineyards Wine Cruise | Lisbon to London
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There is no better way to enjoy wine than at its source, and in Europe you can find some of the world’s most renowned and famous vineyards. Join V. Sattui Winery and President Tom Davies and his wife, Cara, along with Winemaker, Brooks Painter and his wife, Beth in May 2017, on a wine cruise where you will explore the wineries of Spain, Portugal and France along with discovering and exploring the art, food, sights and history of these magnificent countries.
Wine cruises allow travelers to enjoy the excitement of discovering new places, while exploring the art of wine-making at vineyards known around the world and the vineyards of Bordeaux are among the most famous. The sheer variety of exemplary wines produced here is simply staggering.
In Spain, tour Bilbao’s extraordinary Guggenheim Museum where the building is as much of a draw as the collection of modern artworks. When you arrive in London, ride to the top of the London Eye for a bird’s eye view of Big Ben, and peruse the peerless artifacts in the British Museum. From the beaches of Biarritz to the castles of Bordeaux, this is the one wine cruise not to be missed.
Guests of V. Sattui will enjoy an onboard wine program with a private reception, casual wine hours, a winemaker’s dinner in one of the ship’s specialty restaurants, and exclusive wine tastings featuring the award-winning wines of V. Sattui.
Before the cruise even departs, guests can arrive in Lisbon two days early for a pre-cruise program that includes a full-day tour of the nearby Alenquer wine region and a city tour of Lisbon and its famous Belem District. During the cruise itself, there will be opportunities to attend optional and exclusive shore tours in the ports of Oporto and Bordeaux. Taste the new and old wines from Portugal’s Douro Valley during visits to two prestigious Port Lodges. Sample wines at a few of the Left Bank’s most beautiful and prestigious wine estates.
Our floating hotel for this 8-day wine cruise is Oceania Cruise’s Nautica. A recent multimillion-dollar transformation created a virtually new ship that is both sleek and elegantly charming. Her decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Nautica offers every luxury you may expect on board one of Oceania Cruises’ stylish ships. She features four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. With just 684 guests to pamper, their professionally trained European staff provide that guests will want for nothing.
We have once again partnered with our long-time collaborator, Food & Wine Trails, to produce this cruise, and their wine cruise consultants will help you create the vacation of your dreams: CALL (800) 367-5348 | email@example.com
Castello delle Serre
A luxury Castle-Hotel that is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the Tuscan countryside.
V. Sattui Winery is a partner in Casterllo delle Serre. Centrally located midway between Chianti Classico and the Crete Senesi, the Castle sits above the charming medieval town of the Serra di Rapolano. It is just a short drive to many of the treasures found in Tuscany and Umbria. Choose from 14 rooms, including 2 suites, along with a pool, loggia bar and morning breakfast.
Sport Hotel Alpina & Il Cantinone Restaurant
Stay and dine with our friends in the Italian Alps in the world-class ski resort town of Madesimo.
Chef Stefano Masanti and his wife, Raffaella, own this boutique hotel and Michelin-Star restaurant. In their off-season (April -October) you will find them at V. Sattui Winery. But the rest of the year they here, creating delicious food and running their boutique 8-room hotel. The hotel rooms can accommodate parties of 2, 4, and 6 people. The rooms are larger then most European standard hotel rooms. The Sport Hotel Alpina has complimentary wi-fi, and breakfast is included with your stay.
Il Cantinone Restaurant is open for dinner and offers a nightly tasting menu of 80 euros per person. Wine pairings are additional for 60 euros. Stefano’s menu is filled with creative, original presentations of simple, delicious ingredients. Gambero Rosso, a well-respected food and wine publication, has named Il Cantinone the best Italian restaurant that promotes local food and farmers, and the restaurant was named one of the best 60 restaurants in Italy and top 10 in Lombardia by the L’Espresso Guide to Italian restaurants.