Thursday 7 September 2023

Castagneto a Tavola (Castagneto at the Table) is a candidate to become the reference event for food and wine tourism on the Etruscan Coast. Once again this year, the organisation has been entrusted to the Wine and Oil Route Consortium of the Etruscan Coast, which has involved Vetrina Toscana, the project of the Region and Unioncamere Toscana that promotes food and wine tourism, under the direction of Toscana Promozione Turistica, assisted by Fondazione Sistema Toscana.

This year, the Castagneto at the Table programme features several appointments. To open the event, in fact, on Wednesday August 30, there is the “Tour in a carriage through the Bolgheri DOC territory”. Thanks to the experience of the Podere Catalini Stable, a marvellous carriage tour is scheduled: it will unwind through evocative views of the countryside among vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees, discovering the territory while sipping a glass of excellent wine produced by this magnificent land. An experience that helps you plunge into nature at 360 degrees and rediscover the pleasure of simplicity.

On Thursday August 31, the event is dedicated to extra virgin olive oil, one of the area’s agricultural excellences. In collaboration with the Consorzio Terre dell’Etruria, I Tastes of Oil: an introductory course on tasting extra virgin olive oil. The event is an unmissable opportunity for many extra virgin olive oil enthusiasts. This course will aim to deepen and spread the culture of olive oil, through information on varieties, extraction methods and much more, in order to satisfy the curiosity of participants.

Etruscan Experience – Visit with an aperitif to the exhibition “In the sign of Flufluns. The wine of the Etruscans” is the proposal for Friday September 1. This is an opportunity to combine culture with food and wine, in this part of Tuscany, where everything speaks of wine.

The history of wine accompanies the history of human beings and has done so at least since the end of the Neolithic period. The Etruscans linked many aspects of society to wine. There was ostentation, funerary rituality, and a strong sacral component.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience Etruscan atmospheres through an exhibition dedicated to the relationship between the Etruscans and wine told through artefacts of daily life from the territories of the ancient cities of Populonia, Volterra and Vetulonia.

A special visit, guided by the museum’s curator, who will fascinate you with her desire to communicate the beauty of her work. At the end of the tour, accompanied by a sommelier, there will be a tasting of wines made in amphora, the terracotta vessels that for millennia facilitated wine-making, transport and storage, expanding their use like wildfire throughout Europe, and that have now been rediscovered for the wines of the Etruscan Coast.

But one of the most important novelties is scheduled for Sunday September 3 at 5 p.m.: Castagneto’s Treasure Hunt – Discovering the village through games and tastings.

The event is characterised by an enthralling playful experience based on the tried and tested format of the “Wine Hunt,” combining the pleasure of playing with the one of tasting, in territories with ancient histories and great artistic, landscape and food and wine attractions.

In this case, the setting for the activity is the village of Castagneto Carducci.

The event is an opportunity, through an intriguing series of quizzes, riddles and games – various anecdotes and curiosities of Castagneto Carducci, to get to know the most interesting places in the town, while tasting Castagneto’s excellent food and wine: from ancient 16th-century biscuits to the famous Carducci china, from Etruscan oil to the hottest chillies in the world! And then a visit to Florin’s historic tailor’s workshop, and the museums and current exhibitions. The experience will end at the Belvedere, with a final tasting of Bolgheri wine, while awaiting the announcement of the winning teams of the game, who will each receive a rich package of local products as a prize.

Saturday September 9 at Piazza del Popolo in Castagneto Carducci at 7.30 p.m. the traditional dinner-tasting. The menu will feature traditional Castagneto dishes such as Castagneto-style soup and the traditional wild boar head prepared by local hunters, in an ideal combination with Bolgheri DOC wines presented by AIS Toscana sommeliers.

In cooperation with the operators of the “Il Borgo” Natural Shopping Centre, once again this year it was decided to give prominence to the restaurateurs, who shared the tasks and decided on the evening’s menu.

In addition to cuisine, an ideal tool for conveying the peculiarities of a territory, there will be other artistic interventions to bear witness to other ways of promoting food and wine in Castagneto Carducci.

In fact, the result of a collaboration between a Bolgheri winery, Tenuta Campo al Signore, together with Nike Edizioni and the well-known writer and illustrator Valeria Corciolani will be presented.

Valeria, staying at the Tenuta as a place of inspiration, has created a short story that speaks of Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri, the Campo al Signore Estate and the serenity people breathe in this magical land. Valeria Corciolani, who will be present at the dinner, will also present her latest work, the novel “The Queen of Colours” published by Rizzoli.

In addition, the entire communication project for this edition of Castagneto a Tavola is centred on the work of painter Emilia Gigliotti, who is originally from Crema and moved to the village of Castagneto a few years ago. Emilia has illustrated typical Castagneto recipes with her watercolour technique: during the evening they will be exhibited and presented by the author.

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