|Tuscany is so beautiful, over and over again. All through our drives we saw fantastic landscapes - alternating patches of farms, meadows and forests, on rolling hills. But Chianti in particular had incredibly beautiful landscapes.
Our first stop was Greve in Chianti, the "capital" of the wine tasting region. The symbol of Chianti is a black rooster, which we saw everywhere. We tasted wine in Greve in Chianti at a very cool wine store that had a hundred wine bottles hooked up to a system where you pay for a tasting, hold out your glass and get a measured amount. There were many wines, and David had to keep track of them all.
Our second stop was lunch at the Rignana vineyard (see view above) where Lisa had truffle ravioli. There were a lot of truffle pasta dishes in Tuscany and this was Lisa's fourth or fifth one. They were very good.
We then went to a 700-year-old castle near Gaiole in Chianti on a winery's estate. We got a tour of the castle and decided we should live there.
We stopped for dinner in Castellina in Chianti, yet another charming hilly little village surrounded by walls and filled with wine stores and art stores. On the way home we stopped in a field of sunflowers (a close relative of the daisy) for some pictures.