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Villa Bordoni in Chianti Joins JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 17, 2006

Villa Bordoni, a new elegant Tuscan countryside hotel, is the latest member to join JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts. Located five minutes from the center of Greve in Chianti, in the heart of the prestigious Florentine Chianti Classico region, this historical estate dates back the 1400s and was entirely renovated in 2005. The hotel has 10 accommodations, all of which are en-suite, and were created by Riccardo Barthel, a renowned Florentine interior designer. Additional amenities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool with terrace, outdoor state-of-the-art gym, wine cellar, lounge and library. The grounds consist of olive groves and vineyards and both wine and olive oil are produced on the estate.

Owned by David and Catherine Gardner, a Scottish couple who have lived in Italy over the past 11 years, Villa Bordoni has been positioned as a luxurious but unpretentious country house that specializes in Tuscan gastronomy. The Gardners’, who are property developers and restaurateurs, own two well-known restaurants in Florence’s historic center, Baldovino and Beccofino. Although the hotel is small, the Garndners’ spared no expense in establishing an exceptional kitchen, “we specialize in cooking lessons…our open kitchen incorporates the Villa’s original wood burning oven that was custom built in enameled cast-iron by the famous workshops of Molteni of France”, explains David Gardner, “our chef and cooking instructor, Francesco Fineo, has worked at Beccofino in Florence and La Certosa di Maggiano, a Relais & Chateaux property in Siena”. The hotel’s bar adjoins the restaurant and is overseen by sommelier Massimo Casagrande who gives tours of the underground wine cellar and hosts wine tastings.

Developed exclusively for JDB, Live Like a Tuscan is a unique four-night Independent Excursion that allows guests to experience the best of Tuscan country living. This package includes four nights in a Superior Double room, three dinners at the hotel with beverages, one lunch with beverages, two cooking lessons, a guided tour and wine tasting at two local wineries, a full day tour through of the picturesque villages of Chianti Classico as well as the medieval walled towns of Siena and San Gimignano, transportation for the tours, and one tasting of local products. Guests traveling during November and December can escape the high season crowds and take part in the age old olive harvest and pressing tradition. A great example of the uniqueness of this package is the four-course winemaker’s dinner that allows participants to savor each dish that is made specifically to enhance the qualities of select local wines. The price of the package starts at €895 per person, based on double occupancy. A complete package detail to include a day-by-day breakdown of activities is available on JDB’s website.

About JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts:

JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts, established in 1978 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a comprehensive hotel and resort marketing organization representing only the finest and most unique properties in the upscale travel market. With more than 200 luxury properties in Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico, JDB provides marketing, sales and reservation services in the United States and Canada. Each member property has been personally selected by JDB and is evaluated based on a number of factors, including its reputation, management, location, distinctive facilities and value. JDB member properties are reviewed and visited annually to ensure maintenance of standards in their respective categories. For more information call 1.800.346.5358 or visit JDB’s website.

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San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers. Once the seat of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period (200-300 BC) it began its life as a town in the 10th century taking its name from the Holy Bishop of Modena, who is said to have saved the village from the barbarian hordes. The town increased in wealth and developed greatly during the Middle Ages thanks to the “Via Francigena” the trading and pilgrim’s route that crossed it. Such prosperity lead to the flourishing of works of art to adorn the churches and monasteries. During this scenic mountain bike ride a wine tasting, together with the visit to a winery can be included upon request.

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Ross Hotels, a new hotel company for Chianti and Tuscany

With the opportunity of the forthcoming opening of Palazzo San Lorenzo, a new, magnificent four-star hotel converted from an old palace in the historical center of Colle Val d’Elsa, the family Rossinelli decided to capitalize on its decade of experience in the field of hospitality by creating a new brand, the Ross Hotels Group.

The Adventure of the family Rossinelli in the hotel began in 1996 with the opening of the “Ultimo Mulino”, a charming hotel in Gaiole in Chianti and continues in 2001 and 2005 with the openings of Palazzo Leopoldo and Palazzo San Niccolò, two structures of considerable charm, produced in buildings of great historical value in the heart of Radda in Chianti. The idea that push the family Rossinelli was to enter in the hospitality business with Chianti Hotels, offering suitable accommodations, respecting and reflecting the natural elegance of the territory and right to receive different types of tourists interested in visiting these areas.
The love of the family for the hospitality led in the short time the three structures to reach a wide reputation internationally, especially for the quality of hospitality and services, also testified by the consistently achieved top positions in web-sites become absolute reference points for travelers, as Tripadvisor.

Ross Hotels Group was established with the dual intention of becoming a reference point for people who look for relax, comfort and functionality in a Hotel Tuscany, and a guarantee of quality for all travelers who wish to live the Chianti in its highest intensity. The company does not offer a hospitality with generic standards of service, but the group exists thanks to the territory and the love for it, letting the guests know and live it every moment of his stay with extremely personalized services and treatments for each guest in order to offer to everyone the highest quality of hospitality.

The structure of Colle val d’Elsa fits perfectly in this project, with the careful renovation of a building of historical value in the heart of the fortified city and services designed for every need, including a spa of 420 sqm, with a location central to all the major points of attraction of Tuscany, including San Gimignano, Siena and Florence.

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Holiday In The Chianti Region

Scenic rolling hills and valleys characterize the region of Chianti lying strategically between Florence and Siena. Chianti is naturally delineated by an array of vineyards, olive groves and woods and interspersed with ancient parish churches, farmhouses and villages. The Tuscan town is quite popular for its wines globally. Of particular interest is the Chianti Classico, which is an admixture of white and red grapes. An extensive holiday tour of the region most especially the Tuscany villa would reveal a whole lot of interesting and captivating sceneries. Navigation through the region could be by bicycle or even by foot around the entire area. One could avail the opportunity of staying in one of the Chianti Tuscany villas, thus having a thorough insight into its cultural values. Whether it’s a walking, biking or driving tour, a vacation at Chianti provides an excellent way to discover most of the interesting places in the tourist-friendly region.


The region is a superb option for shopping. It plays host to quality goods most especially leather goods. Those interested in these leather goods would find Greve a hotspot for LGB Italia manufactured fine leather goods. A long vacation at any of the luxury Chianti Villas offers good opportunities for shopping in Tuscany. Italian designers would find Florence a wonderful place to purchase Italian-designed goods. Interestingly lying between two Arezzo and Florence are two retail outlets having a strong traditionalist approach of passing down artisan skills. Dining out during vacation entails a whole lot of Italian cuisines which includes including grilled beef steak, braised boar or rabbit and soup made with extra virgin olive oil. Noteworthy is the Chianti Classico, wine which contributed to the Tuscan region’s popularity in terms of its unique foods and wines. Best of all, they are offered at very cheap and affordable rates.


At the heart of the region forming a triangular shape are three villages namely Greve, Radda and Castellina. Chianti’s the biggest wine fair which normally takes place in September is held at Greve. A typical person on vacation is presented with many chances of buying from its export market coupled with wine shops in every village. Noted for its Knightly nature and black cockerel symbols on its bottles is Rada. A jaunt around Chianti Villa would mean taking ample opportunity of moving round the ancient town of Colle di Val d’Elsa which is Italy’s largest producer of fine glass and crystal. One can also during an excursion to Badia Lake or at Monte San Michele National Park avail oneself of the natural relaxation there. A whole sparking treat of natural relaxation awaits one there at Chianti. To make informed decisions about Chianti Tuscany villas, you might have to have a look at what the web has to offer. An exotic option of Chianti villa holidays awaits you. The hospitality packages are replete with choice of Chianti Tuscany villas coupled with the possibility of booking cheap flights to Tuscany.


Ask any holidaymaker and what readily comes to ones mind is the Olives, wine, house rentals, cypress trees, landscapes, holidays in Chianti. Residing in the Chianti zone somewhat brings about so many possibilities, part of which is agri-tourism. Compared to hotels or pensioners, agri-tourism accommodation here is usually less expensive. It makes provision for facilities for needed to prepare one’s meals. A wide range of traveling companies offers holiday homes in Tuscany as revealed in Chianti Villas and Florence apartments. Preference for selected accommodation in Chianti revolves around picking apartments amongst well known historical centers in Chianti, Castellina, Impruneta, and San Casciano. These also cover residences in other notable places such as villas and residences in the Tuscan countryside. Holidaying at countryside residences provides a whole new feeling different from what obtains at staying a city hotel. This makes it beautiful option for students and professionals in need of apartment either in Chianti or Florence for limited period of time.

Carolina Casini is the founder of http://www.tuscandream.com which is the ultimate resource for chianti villas and chianti weddings or different destination wedding in italy.


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Visiting Wineries In The Chianti Region Of Tuscany, Italy

The Chianti region of Tuscany is a vast region of rolling hills set in the countryside of central Italy. Eight zones divide this region, each with a unique terrior. Wine Trail Traveler visited seven wineries in late October of 2007. Two of these wineries were in the Chianti Colii Senesi zone while the other wineries were in the Chianti Classico zone. Visiting wineries in Italy takes some preparation before you begin your travels.

It is best to make an appointment with the winery for a tour and tasting. Most of the wineries have set prices for tours and tastings ranging from a few euros to 25 euros per person at the wineries we visited. One of the differences we noticed in tasting in Italy compared to the United States was in the stemware. Five of the seven wineries used large stemware by Schott, Bormioli, Spiegelau or Riedel. In the United States, we only encountered fine stemware at three wineries out of 130. Another difference you will encounter is the number of labels. The average number of labels we encountered at the Italian wineries was six. Many American wineries offer twenty and occasionally over thirty different wines. Most wine tastings offer three wines to taste in Italy, five or more at wineries in the United States. Often the amount of wine poured for a tasting is greater in Italy than at wineries in the United States. Tasting rooms are generally larger in many of the wineries we visited in the United States.

Locating the wineries in the Chianti region can be a challenge. Their address is often the name of a town rather than a street with a physical address. We added the GPS coordinates for the wineries we visited at the end of the articles. Using the coordinates and a GPS will make finding the wineries an enjoyable experience. Although there are superstrata (expressways) that you can travel, much of your traveling will be on country roads. The traffic on these country roads is minimal. We encountered more traffic on California Route 29 in late February in two days than we did on country roads in the Chianti region in two weeks. This afforded us the opportunity to view the beautiful countryside and negotiate the winding roads. The country roads are wider than the country roads in the United Kingdom, so you do not need to cringe each time you do encounter another automobile or bicycle.

Some Tuscan wineries offer lodging facilities. We stayed at a winery and vineyard, seven kilometers from the medieval town of San Gimignano. Mormoraia has several apartments. We rented a two-bedroom apartment on the first floor of what use to be a convent. The design of the apartment was in the Tuscan style, highlighted by brick and stone floors, walls and ceilings with gentle arches. The apartment provided plenty of room to spread out. The kitchen was one of the smallest rooms. There was enough space for two people to cook if good at dancing around each other. A large table, chairs and buffet encompassed the dining room area. The dining room opened onto a living room area that had two sofas for lounging, reading and watching television. There were spectacular views from the apartment. We were blessed one morning when a fog had settled over the landscape. Only the towers of San Gimignano pierced the fog. Daily walks through the vineyard offered a quiet respite and a time for reflection.

When visiting the Tuscany area of central Italy, take time to visit some of its wineries. There are hundreds to choose from, and many are small production and not open to the public. Read the Wine Trail Traveler reviews of these wineries to begin your search.

Terry Sullivan is a wine enthusiast who designed the website Wine Trail Traveler. Wine Trail Traveler is a winery and vineyard virtual visitor center. Both novice and wine enthusiasts will enjoy using the website.


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