Italian Family Winery- Day 7

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
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Villa Ciprense

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

So what do I have in common with Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel? Not much but we did end up going to the same small family owned winery in the hills of Maiori. A family run business that has been operating only a short time as a winery (can’t be found in tour books or trip advisor) but has for years been selling the grapes off their farm.
Based on Angela’s recommendations – we were excited once again to try this experience with the whole family. It sounds strange that winery and kids mix but the kids were the ones who enjoyed this adventure the most. The family is very accommodating and we met them at the bottom of Maiori where they then picked us up in a smoke filled, beat up old Datsun. They drove for what seemed like forever to the top and into the depth of the vineyards which we had seen from Ravello & Amalfi. An adorable, young Italian woman named Sonja greeted her guests (we were joined with a small group from Philly and Jersey) and escorted them straight to the vineyard. Here is where they explain which grapes they used and where we were introduced to an extremely old vine. We walked through the grounds and saw how they bottled up the wine and where they stored it. Afterwards we were ushered into Mama’s Kitchen!
The mother of the family was actually born in the house and the whole feeling of being there feels so special. We sat down at a long table with all the guests and the family. Mom herself served us all her special dishes that she had been working on since the morning. My kids felt the love and warmed up right away, stuffing bread and pasta in their mouth and glowing when Mama came to hug and pinch their cheeks. We engaged in a fun conversation with the other travelers who were marveling at how different this was then their tour with Barillo tours. The wine was being poured at all directions and paired with all meals. Scrumptious fun and true Italian style was how this experience should be described. Mama never sat down and remained in the kitchen fussing over all of us and it wasn’t until the end of the meal I caught a glimpse of her taking a bite out of some her fabulous dishes. (standing by the stove of course)
Sonja sat down next to me at desert time and we went through her photo album of the vineyard. Really gorgeous! Soon the family from Philly and Jersey left and it was just us. So the father took us in his car once again and this time to drive us up to a farm in the hills called Az. Agricola to show the kids dairy cows and how we really get our cheese.
Upon arrival the woman who owned the farm rushed out to greet us and was so jubilant- full of life and love! She made us French press coffee and made her son take us through the farm. Tommy had started to fall in love with a dog named Binky and the owner offered Binky to us. Grateful, we still passed. After we said our thank yous to the farmers –they handed us a block of Mozzarella and Ricotta cheese mix. (Amazing!)  We were so grateful to have been invited to this farm and have met such lovely people. However, the father and Sonja were not done with us yet. They next drove us to a famous roadside Italian Ice in the middle of nowhere. I know Limon ice sounds just ok- It is more than ok. Maybe the best thing I had in Italy. (You can even eat the chuncks of lemon in the ice-so sweet and sour!) Well that was the end of this beautiful day! Grazi TENUTA SANFRANCESCO WINERY for an amazing time!
Ciao for now! Next stop Pompeii!
 Bet Justin Timberlake and Biel didn’t get Italian Ice and a farm tour. Just saying!!!
To Book or know more check out their website! http://www.vinitenutasanfrancesco.it/home_eng.html
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