The American James Suckling, chief of the prestigious Wine Spectator, spoke of this kermesse as the realization of his dreams. ”The idea is simple-he said- the world has to come to Florence to celebrate the best Tuscan wines as well as food,
entertainment, art, culture and history. There is no place in the world like Florence”. An exclusive, glamorous event, just for the happy few, a temporary wine club where the best wine makers, ranging from Marchesi Antinori, Barone Ricasoli, Castello Banfi, Il Borro, Marchesi di Frescobaldi, in a successful combination of wine and music, opened the Florentine renaissance palaces, the historical gardens to some lucky amateurs.
The opening night featured a concert by American great violinist Joshua Bell, ”the Indiana living legend”. A dinner prepared by internationally acclaimed Executive Chef Vito Mollica took place in the beautiful Gherardesca Garden at the Four Season Florence.
On July the 3rd the Divino Tuscany Gala Dinner at the historical Palazzo Corsini featured a gorgeous meal by three-star Michelin rated Enoteca Pinchiorri, where the guests, after dinner, were delighted by the songs of Isabel Suckling, the 13-year-old daughter of James Suckling , nominee for this year’s Classic Brit Award for Best Classical Album.
The event ended up with a relaxed country lunch, offering the traditional Tuscan pig roast, in Figline Valdarno, at the Palagio, the countryside villa of Sting and Trudie Styler, accompanied by a musical performance by Grammy nominated Cuban music group, Tiempo Libre
A successful mixture between music and wine. Where did all that come from? The answer came from Barrett Wissmann, entrepreneur of IMG Artists ( a leading international arts management group) and patron of Tuscan Sun Festival. For about ten years, he has been bringing to Cortona, Arezzo, an unusual mixture of great musicians and Hollywood superstars in a glamorous kermesse, where daily ingredients such as music, wine, food, wellness are able to harmonize in a new alchemy as secrets of future international festivals.
In many Chianti villages such as Greve, Castellina in Chianti, Radda and Tavernelle Val di Pesa, “ the Gallo Nero” (a Chianti label) welcomes eight days of wine and culture, a project made up of open-air dinners, open cellars for tasting and guided tours by leading Italian and international wine journalists from the” Gambero Rosso” and “Guida dei Vini d’Italia” . This very first edition means to be a homage to Baron Bettino Ricasoli , a most important personage both in Italian history and Chianti wine’s one. A conference about his still modern role will be held in his own Castello di Brolio.
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