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Time Well Spent

Tupelo, Mississippi
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Time Well Spent

Hello, we are 3 couples wanting to do a wine tasting and dinner. Considering Poggio Amorelli. Should we take some time and have a driver take us around the Chianti region? Not sure how much time to a lot for this. We don’t have anything scheduled yet for this day and don’t have any idea how much time any of this will take. We have 3 days in Florence but our 1st day will probably be spent catching up w our jet-lag. Thanks for your input.

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Destination Expert
for Florence
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6 reviews
1. Re: Time Well Spent

I have never heard of the wine. I have never heard of the family that produces it.

Have you?

Has anybody on this board?

There is so much self-promotion in the TA "reviews" that I have become quite skeptical.

There are so many well-known families with well-known vineyards in this part of the world that I would hesitate about spending the time and money on a place that is not known.

Take a look at what the Antinori have to offer:

https:/…

or the Corsini:

principecorsini.com/en/content/villa-le-corti

or my favorite, the Maze:

https:/…

Forgive me for asking, but if you only have three days in Florence -- including one ruined by jet-lag -- why on earth aren't you spending what little time you have in Florence? You could spend the late afternoon at a terrific Enoteca -- Alessi -- and taste a superb selection of wines, and then have a wonderful dinner with more great wine -- and not spend precious time getting to and from.

Edited: 06 August 2018, 05:49
Adelaide, Australia
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17 reviews
2. Re: Time Well Spent

www.famigliamazzarrini.it/en

www.chianti.com

Montepulciano, Italy
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for Tuscany
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7 reviews
3. Re: Time Well Spent

Three days in Florence, first sleeping off the flight, another spending an hour or more each way in a van going down to Castellina just to taste some wine and have dinner? It rather defeats the object of coming to Florence, no?

Destination Expert
for Florence
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6 reviews
4. Re: Time Well Spent

Nurioopta

Thank you. I did look at the website before I posted. I still don't know anything about them or their wine.It is still not a well-known Chianti, and I still am sceptical about the effusive reviews on TripAdvisor.

Destination Expert
for Florence
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6 reviews
5. Re: Time Well Spent

With respect to my post #1

Spellchecker done me in.

The name of my "favorite" producer of Chianti is not "Maze". It is "Mazzei".

Sorry about that.

Tupelo, Mississippi
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23 reviews
6. Re: Time Well Spent

We were referred to this by the concierge of our Hotel.

Destination Expert
for Florence
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7. Re: Time Well Spent

What hotel?

By any chance is he/she getting a kickback?

Destination Expert
for Florence
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8. Re: Time Well Spent

Did you notice any of the following reviews on TripAdvisor:

"We enjoyed our tour of this small vineyard and had a somewhat tasty lunch. But we resented the hard sell of wines. We were told that their wines are only sold in person or by mail and not in stores. But a quick search of Wine Searcher Ap showed that the same wines that sell for 35, 50 and 70 euros sell at stores in the States for between 25% and 50% of these prices. I asked why this was the case and did not get a satisfactory answer."

"The winery is quaint, we really enjoyed the wine tasting. The amount of wine and cheeses they allowed you to taste was fantastic. We ordered 10 bottles of wine and 2 grappa's to be shipped to our home. We paid $500.00 that was with shipping. We were told the wine will get to us in 21 business days. After 3 email attempts with no response we had to put in a dispute with our credit card company. We are so disappointed with the lack (NO Communication) of Poggio Amorelli. If you go there and decide to purchase wine make sure you ship it or take it home with you yourself."

Um...... Not too good

This place was recommended by our tour guide. Lets just say, it wasn't very good. At all.

We were promised a tour of the wine making process! Wow, a tour! They must have shown us everything, let us see the vineyards, let us see the process, NO. Instead, we were escorted by a guy who looked like he had had a few bottles in the back, who simply stood in the middle of a room with some barrels, and said 'Bongiorno. Here are the wine caskets. Hey are maturing. Wine is made out of grapes. After 3 years we take the wine out'. That was it.

Upstairs, there was food which was mediocre. The wine was poured liberally by the server, who seemed in a bit of a rush.

Apart from that it was ok, nice view, etc, apart from the STENCH in the downstairs area. It was terrible.

Connecticut
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35 reviews
9. Re: Time Well Spent

If you really want to go to a vineyard I highly recommend Castello di Verrazano, it's not far out of Florence and we had a wonderful tasting and lunch there 2 summers ago

The Sea Ranch...
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10. Re: Time Well Spent

Venerosi,

Since you mentioned Mazzei, you may be interested in this press release today:

https://www.winebusiness.com/people/…

Hope the link works ok.

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