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This Tuscan Life Magazine -Autumn

Autumn is such a beautiful season in Tuscany for so many reasons. Apart from the refreshing morning temperatures, it’s all about the Autumn harvest and in Tuscany the bounty is so generous. First, there’s the wine harvest known as the vendemmia. It’s the best time to drive through the countryside to admire the vines drooping with their abundant bunches of grapes. Take part in a grape harvest to really appreciate the work that goes into your glass of wine! Autumn also means porcini mushrooms, chestnuts, truffles and late October brings the first of the new olive oil.

We visit the lovely vineyard, Querceto di Castellina and sample some of their delicious wines. This family-run agriturismo offers every comfort – take part in a cooking class or just relax and admire the stunning views of their vineyard rising up before you.

Castellina is one of my favourite towns and local butcher, Riccardo Stiaccini has shared one of his delicious family harvest recipes featuring the vineyard grapes and his pork sausages. We also make some of Tuscany’s most traditional recipes – chestnut slice, schiacciata con l’uva, Tuscan bread soup known as Ribollita and a simple porcini mushroom salad.

One of the oldest wineries in Italy is that of Mazzei, located in Fonterutoli, a charming hamlet in the Chianti Classico region. We chat to Lorenzo Baldacci, Chef of the Osteria di Fonterutoli and well-known restauranteur, Enrico Verrecchia who in partnership with Mazzei and their Belguardo winery in Maremma have opened the Belguardo Osteria in the heart of Florence. Both men share their favourite Autumn dish on the menu, naturally paired with a wine from the Mazzei estates.

You can’t escape this year without celebrating the centenary celebrations of the famous Negroni cocktail, created in Florence by Count Camillo Negroni in 1919. Four of our favourite barmen make us their modern interpretation of this classic Florentine drink.

Enjoy Autumn!

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Ciao, I'm Lisa B,
I’m a magazine founder & editor, a private food & shopping guide and watercolour artist who wants to share everything I know about the best-kept secrets in Tuscany with you.

I created This Tuscan Life blog, magazine and experiences to share everything I love about Florence & Tuscany, one of the most popular and visited regions in Italy.   Add a splash of watercolour & you've got a creative mamma of two who wants to show you the true & authentic side of Tuscany.

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I will never forget my joy when many years ago, I found my very first porcino mushroom. I really couldn’t believe my eyes when after what seemed like endless hours of climbing up and down a mountainside in the hills above Pistoia, about an hour from Florence.

On a clear day in late February, just before Italy went into lockdown, I set off from Florence to Podere il Casale, an organic, family-run farm located in the breathtakingly beautiful area of the Val D’Orcia. The property, located about ten minutes from the Renaissance town of Pienza has been owned by Swiss-born, Ulisse Braendli and his wife Sandra, for the last thirty years.


A creative, food & fashion loving mamma of two boys with a passion for all things Italian. 


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