Food & Wine
A magical place, midway between Florence and Siena - at Radda in Chianti to be precise - surrounded by the vines and their rows, which are so typical of Chiantishire, this is the perfect setting for a holiday at one with the nature and beauty of the Tuscan hills.
Il Vignale welcomes its guests, giving them an unforgettable stay in an old country farm, a renovated building that still maintains its original architectural style.
Historical headquarters of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium, it is also home to the landmark Pianigiani archive, with the Centre of Historical Studies situated on the estate.
There is an inseparable bond between Chianti Classico and Il Vignale, which can be discovered during the wine shop tastings and in the fine wines served in the Terrazza dei Glicini restaurant to be sipped with the dishes cooked up by Chef Roberto Giallini.
Overlooking the delightful hilly Chianti Classico landscape, the restaurant conveys all its boundless passion for the local area and its prized produce.
Stewed beef cheek, strictly hand-made pappardelle pasta with rosemary-infused wild boar sauce and chicken liver toasts are just a few of the dishes served.
Make sure you try the Chianti cured meats and the Florentine T-bone steak as well as the chef's creations, which include ricotta and pecorino ravioli pasta with salted butter and black truffle to make your tastebuds tingle!
For a sweet finish to your lunch, there's a cornucopia of desserts, all of which are made by experts, to satisfy even the most demanding food critic: from Florentine zuccotto [a semi-frozen dessert made with cake and ice cream] to Zuppa inglese [a sort of trifle], chocolate soufflé and millefeuille.
It's the finishing touch in allowing yourselves to be swept away by the sheer beauty of the place. During the summer the panoramic terrace, overlooking the Radda Valley, is opened up to customer, presenting them with unforgettable views and hues.
The extensive gardens and the vicinity to the most important Tuscan cities finish the package offered by Il Vignale, a package designed for all those wishing to enjoy the real Tuscany, with its vine- and olive-covered hills and fine wining and dining.