As one in every of Tuscany’s most prestigious estates, Tenuta Luce is traditionally famend for its world-class wines that are the results of an formidable mission begun within the early Nineties. Aimed toward acquiring the fullest expression of the Montalcino territory, the mission was, and continues to be, a powerful success, leading to a wine that’s now thought-about one in every of Italy’s most iconic: Luce.
Classic after classic, Luce’s vinification course of and mix meeting comply with and respect the traits of the grapes in every rising 12 months, with out deviating from the guiding idea of a harmonious stability between Sangiovese and Merlot. Dense and velvety with notes of ripe berry fruit, Luce is….luscious, as are the wineries three different labels: Lucente, a fruit-forward, ‘drink now’ Merlot/Sangiovese mix and a scrumptious entry level to the world of Luce, the noble and forceful Luce Brunello which pays homage to the Montalcino Brunello custom, and Lux Vitis, a really restricted manufacturing Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese bend.
Searching for Luce’s heartbeat, followers from throughout the globe pilgrimage to its 615 pristine acres of vineyards, woods, and olive groves within the coronary heart of Montalcino’s Val d’Orcia Nature Park, a rural panorama named in 2004 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Website. Right here, visitors can pattern the wines throughout a tour that reveals the vineyard’s underground wine cellar, a subterranean temple above which lies a fascinating Mediterranean backyard designed by panorama architect Richard Shelbourne. From the vaulted entrance and its succession of luminous arches, one passes to the manufacturing space and its giant, pomace-colored, tulip-shaped concrete vats. Pristine barrel rooms are subtly illuminated by Luce’s radiant solar image, and within the elegant Cantina Storica, a Medieval library of types, one finds a set of each classic of each Luce label inside a museum-like show.
And now, the Luce property can also be house to a brand new restaurant with a devoted chef. Positioned subsequent to the cellar the place Tenuta Luce wines are born and aged, the restaurant presents a becoming crown to all the Luce expertise. On the primary ground, visitors are welcomed by a sublime, fireplace-warmed reception space, above which floats the trendy, open-view kitchen and eating room that overlook the vineyards. Throughout summer time, meals are served en plein air on a spacious patio overlooking the backyard.
Open solely to Tenuta Luce visitors and solely by reservation Monday by means of Friday, the restaurant encompasses a every day created menu targeted on seasonal elements and in accordance with visitor preferences. Each dish showcases domestically raised, conventional components that comply with the Tuscan custom, all reinterpreted by the chef in an authentic, modern approach. Each menu is meticulously paired with a number of Tenuta Luce wines, leading to a harmonious and complete eno-gastronomic expertise. All of the wines of Tenuta Luce can be found within the restaurant.
Tenuta Luce claims an distinctive, westward-oriented spot overlooking what appears to be the entire of Tuscany–a magical place the place wine celebrates life, custom, and tradition. Undulating hills peppered with majestic Cypress timber and historic hamlets present a surprising panorama, the colours of which change hourly. Even those that every day get pleasure from this vista proceed to be charmed by its magnificence. Visits to Tenuta Luce are deliberate intimately by educated professionals who genuinely care about visitor consolation. To expertise Luce from all angles (winery, barrel cellar, Wine Library and restaurant) is to totally perceive the center of this iconic Italian wine.
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