My active walking culinary adventure starts in Castelvecchi along strade bianche to the ridgetop town of Panzano. Panzano’s artisan boutiques and enoteche (wine shops) summon me in before I hit the trail to Le Bocce Winery. The incredible selections of medieval spices at the Macelleria Cecchini (considered the best butcher shop in the region) have me dreaming of barbequing a juicy rib eye steak.
From here we walk to Fattoria Le Bocce where we tour the grounds, wine taste and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the vineyard. This family owned winery is housed in a former convent surrounded by 175 acres of vineyards and olive groves. This is a special visit as this winery is not open to the public but exclusively to Backroads guests. If you are an outdoor active venturer in hiking, biking, swimming or just enjoy the great outdoors please visit www.Backroads.com.
After our wine tasting we continue our hike, taking in the beautiful Chianti Countryside through densely shaded oak forests and cypress trees. The smell of the earth, the trees; the manicured olive orchards. Inhale a deep breath of mother nature and let it linger in your mind and body; a true feeling of being grounded with God’s gifts.
That evening we enjoyed a lively pizza-making demonstration with Ciro and Umberto as we summon our inner pizzaiolo (pizza chef).
Hiking options: Panzano Route: 4.7 miles; Le Bocce Route: 5.7 miles: Panzano Loop: 8 miles.
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Jeanine On The Scene