Borgo Casa al Vento
BORGO CASA AL VENTO and its surrounding winery are true labors of love for their owners, conceived from their passion for the cultural traditions that make Tuscany a top destination with travelers around the world. The Gioffreda family restored this medieval settlement to its former glory in the early 1990s, transforming its buildings into elegant guest accommodations and establishing a small organic winery dedicated to respectful cultivation and preservation of the land. This is the perfect spot from which to fully immerse yourself in the region, whether your goal is to explore the Chianti countryside, sample local wines and cuisine, enjoy the famous L’Eroica bicycle race, attend the Palio di Siena, or just unwind and let yourself enjoy the flourishing gardens and spectacular views. Accommodations consist of rooms in traditional stone buildings, with their carefully preserved architectural details; a farmhouse with apartments that will accommodate two, four, or six guests; and two splendid villas with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms.
All guests have access to the outdoor swimming pool (open from June to September), tennis courts and table tennis tables, and an on-site spa specializing in wine therapies. Siena, one of the world’s greatest cities for the arts, is just a thirty-minute drive away. The family embarked on yet another major project in 2008, planting vineyards and olive groves following strict organic methods. Strong representatives of this territory and the region’s famous Sangiovese grape, their wine labels, Aria, Foho and Gaiolè, have earned high marks for the winery in the press, including a 92 rating for Aria by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The wines and olive oils may be sampled onsite at the winery or at the Borgo’s restaurant, La Bottega del Gusto, which specializes in traditional Chianti cuisine. On Saturdays and Sundays, guests can treat themselves to a prix fixe lunch menu featuring meats of the region grilled to perfection on a large outdoor grill, accompanied by mixed vegetables, dessert, water, wine, and coffee.