There are places which one visits and, because of the occasion, they assume magical proportions in our memories. Riserva di Fizzano however is magical through and through all by itself!
The occasion they hosted was a wonderful wedding between my eldest son and his delightful Italian girlfriend, which brought together both our families for the first time.
Italo Zingarelli, the gifted Italian film producer, bought the borgo of La Macie in 1973 and built up an excellent winery in the midst of the Chianti Classico area. Along with the vineyards came the derelict hilltop Mediaeval village of Fizzano. Italo’s brother Fabio, an architect, was set to sympathetically restoring the village, which now provides 19 super apartments, plus a restaurant and an unobtrusive pool surrounded by vineyards and rolling Tuscan hills.
The staff were unobtrusively helpful and consistently cheerful, with nothing being too much trouble. The restaurant, which perhaps unsurprisingly hosts cookery courses in the winter, served some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten. And, believe me, I have eaten some in my time!
I am intending to return in October, just in time for the first pressings from their Olive groves, have another tour of their winery and shamelessly indulge myself yet again!!
My photos don’t really do it justice so I suggest you take their tour. http://www.riservadifizzano.com/index.en.php