Around 3.30 we headed off from the Stazione Leopolda and off to Greve in Chianti to visit John Matta’s Castello Vicchiomaggio, which the Matta family bought in 1964. I first met John some 20 years ago, so it was good to see him again and taste the range of wines.
I enjoyed his range of well-made wines with the 2007 Riserva Vigna La Prima Chianti Classico (35-40€ retail in Italy) being my favourite, although it really needs more time in bottle.
Then it was onto Castellina in Chianti and the Hotel Colle Etrusco Salivolpi, where once again I had difficulties connecting to the net.
Over dinner we tasted around 10 wines (I need to count them up) – some DOC/DOCG wines and some super Tuscans. All were well made, although none shouted out ‘you must buy me’ but if you had a bottle you wouldn’t be disappointed – no small achievement given the size of the company.