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Typical food and Wines

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Extra virgin olive oil

The extra virgin olive oil that is produced in Valdichiana has two main organoleptic qualities: the bitterness and the spiciness. These features, that are anything but negative, are typical of high-quality oils. They are generated by polyphenols that are  important antioxidants slowing oxidation -the aging of cells in our body. When one tastes the olive oil from this territory, feeling a bitter and spicy taste at the same time means that it is a high-quality olive oil and a good product for one’s health.

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Cinta Senese Cured Meats

If you are one of those who take the ham fat away the Cinta Senese will force you to make an exception. Its lard is rich in oleic acid -a substance contained also in olive oil that prevents cholesterol levels to become high and cardiovascular diseases to happen. Its consistence is very smooth and it has such a pleasant taste that one can hardly distinguish the fat part from the lean one.

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Pecorino cheese

One name, a thousand flavors: fresh, very fresh, aged, aged in ash or straw, in walnut leaves or in pit. Besides these varieties in flavors, try to enjoy the contrasts obtained by combining pecorino with honey or fruit and vegetable compotes.

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Tuscan bread

According to our tradition, DOP Tuscan bread must be salt-free because of the common Tuscan topping and bread-based recipes.
Tuscan cuisine is rich of strong flavors like salumi, ribollita, chicken liver sauce and papa al pomodoro , all requiring salt-free bread.
Besides, one of farmer’s favorite snacks chosen to energize themselves after the hard work in the fields, was salt-free bread soaked in wine.

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Pici (also called Lunghetti)

Pici are homemade pasta original of Valdichiana Senese countryside, they are very similar to spaghetti but more irregular in shape.
There is no limit but the one of creativity in choosing the sauce for this pasta (highly recommended are pici with cheese and pepper or with bread crumbs).
Two sauces in particular enhance their qualities and the flavours of our territory: aglione sauce and chianina ragù.

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Chianina meat

Chianina is the largest oxen breed in the world whose origins are in this territory; illustrations dating back to the Etruscan-Roman period bear witness to its presence in Valdichiana since ancient times. This gigantic but docile ox has been a valuable ally for men thanks to its attitude to work and for meat production. The original Florentine steak comes from this magnificent animal, which here is bred as healthily as in the past!

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Cantuccini and Vinsanto

“Shall we drink a sip of Vinsanto?” This is the catchphrase at the end of a meal, it is the greeting with which a guest is honoured and an invitation to enjoy each other’s company lifting the spirit with sweetness. Cantuccini and Vinsanto is not just a dessert, it’s the Tuscan way to share happiness.

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Mascina plum tart

Summer gives its fruits and whoever has enough patience to pick them from the tree and to boil them, will find its pantry full of mascina plum jam , a typical specialty of Montepulciano and its surroundings. The jam blends perfectly with the pastry creating a perfect combination between the sweetness of the dough and the sour taste of the plums.

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Aglione

Aglione is a special type of garlic, very different in flavour and taste from garlic as anyone who has already tried it can confirm. The aglione bulbs can weigh up to 500g, differently from the 150g of common garlic. Aglione is much sweeter and easier to digest than garlic, and for this reason it is a perfect substitute for it; it is an excellent product enriching any dish. Do not expect to find aglione in all supermarkets; it is a rare vegetable growing only in Valdichiana Senese.

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Truffle

Valdichiana and Val d’Orcia are lands rich in truffles, both the white and the black varieties. Truffles are used to prepare some local specialties such as truffle pecorino and truffle tagliolini. Try the raw grated truffle over Chianina meat.

THE WINES

DOC

Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC
Vin Santo di Montepulciano Occhio di Pernice DOC
Cortona Cabernet Sauvignon e Riserva DOC
Cortona Merlot e Riserva DOC
Cortona Rosso DOC
Cortona Sangiovese e Riserva DOC
Cortona Syrah e Riserva DOC
Cortona Chardonnay DOC
Cortona Grechetto DOC
Cortona Sauvignon DOC
Cortona Vin Santo DOC
Cortona Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice DOC
Cortona Vin Santo Riserva DOC
Orcia DOC
Orcia rosato DOC
Orcia bianco DOC
Orcia Sangiovese DOC
Orcia Vin Santo DOC

DOCG

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva DOCG