A relative newcomer to the Chianti region, Casalvento has been gaining attention among its peers. But, what makes Casalvento so special, aside from its wine of course, is where the grapes that make the wine come from -- the beautiful hilltop surrounding Livernano, my favorite agriturismo located outside Radda in Chianti.
Livernano was a small hamlet inhabited by Etruscans. By the 17th century, it became a quiet farming village until share-cropping was abandoned. The hamlet was revived in 1990 when restoration began. Today, it is a working farm producing fine wines, olive oils, honey, vegetables and fruits while offering a romantic, relaxing retreat for visitors. The first vineyards were planted 15 years ago on 38 acres of beautiful woodlands. In 2007, the owners opened their first tasting room and cellars, Casalvento, located in Radda in Chianti.
Radda in Chianti is about an hour drive south of Florence. If you plan to visit the winery, make arrangements to have dinner at Livernano while you're at it -- you'll be glad you did!
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