The last chapter of my Tuscan tour covers Cortona and Florence. Ever since I've seen the American film Under The Tuscan Sun, I wanted to visit this place and guess what, I even found the Villa Bramasole, where the American writer, Frances used to live. Do you recognize it from the photo? Cortona is just how I imagined: lovely, cozy squares, breathtaking views and ultimate Italian lifestyle.
Leuta Wines - Tasting program in Cortona
Once you are in Cortona, don't miss the chance to visit some of the best wineries in the region. I was lucky to book a last minute appointment for wine tasting at Leuta Wines. Their signature wine is made from Cabernet Franc. They represent tradition and innovation, balance and harmony all in one. The winery was set up by two long-time friends, Denis and Enzo, they left the world of finance and followed their dream. Their fields are located close to Cortona, the land is clay-rich with limestone. You will find here many types of grapes from Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Sangiovese, to white ones like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni. The wine tasting lasts about one hour and you can choose from various packages. The classic package costs 10 EUR and it includes 4 types of wine. They have different tasting rooms depending on the size of the group.
You also have the chance to visit the cellar and taste some types there. The whole place is lovely and nicely decorated. My absolute favorite wine was Syrah from 2015. Since it was aged 12 months in French barrels, that gives a kind of richness to the product. I also felt some pepper and coffee notes in it, while it was well-balanced and elegant with a long ending and soft tannins. If you are really into wines, just like me, I highly recommend you booking an appointment in advance and enjoy the Tuscan wines in a nice surrounding.