Fall Comes to Castiglion del Bosco: Grapes, Olives, Truffles and More

“As the leaves start to think about changing color, activity gears up at Castiglion del Bosco,” says Emanuela Setterberg, General Manager of Massimo Ferragamo’s lavish estate south of Siena.

Castiglion del Bosco, known to many as “The Heart of Brunello,” has acres of perfect vines, and from September 20 to 30, the region’s plump Sangiovese grapes will be harvested. The grapes are picked at the perfect moment and brought to Castiglion del Bosco’s state-of-the-art winery to be transformed into award-winning wines and guests of Castiglion del Bosco are invited to participate in the process.

A full-day program is available on September 26 – during which Castiglion del Bosco’s enologist, Cecilia Leoneschi, will explain harvest techniques and the secrets of winemaking; guests young and old – armed with scissors, gloves and boots – will pick grapes, start the wine-making process and end the day with a picnic.

In addition to the grape harvest, fall visitors can participate in truffle hunting expeditions (September 10-November 16, 2014) and the olive oil harvest (October 15-November 16, 2014).

(Source: Castiglion del Bosco)