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Rachel Perez and Christopher Schulten, September 2008
During our recent trip to Tuscany, we booked a group tour with Angela Saltafuori. Our day included two winery visits, lunch at another winery and visits to the town of Montalcino and the abbey of Sant'Antimo. We had an extraordinary time!
Angela was wonderful and has great relationships with both "off the beaten path" and more well known Brunello producers. Our first winery was one which exports to the U.S., but the second was a very small "organic" producer. It was fantastic to see the different scales of production between the two wineries. For lunch we headed to the farmhouse on another wine estate. Angela is a friend of the owners' daughter. The wine was plentiful and the food was really great, and in such a great atmosphere.
Angela was very accommodating. When people wanted to take pictures, she found us the best vantage points. She also allowed us to meet her at a convenient location in Montalcino (the rest of the group she drove from Florence). Our group was very nice. We ended up running into two of our group members three days later in Florence!
When I had back to Tuscany, I will absolutely be calling Angela again. The day we spent with her was one of the best during our stay. I recommend her highly!"
Paul Dimarco, August 2008
Thank you so much for the wonderful tour. We had an amazing time and really enjoyed the variety of wineries and towns we visited. We will definitely give you a call the next time we are in Tuscany!
Beverly Groner August 2008
Ciao Angela, I wanted to write to tell you what a wonderful time we had on our tour- even thought the monks weren't there! You were so informative - about grapes, history - and current culture!
Susan Cattie, August 2008
Celebrating 30 years of marriage is not a trifle, and I wanted to surprise my husband with a wine tour. He has become quite the collector and prided himself on what he knew. However, our most wonderful trip with Angie was more than he or I could have wished for. She is a true gem who seemed non-plussed at having him sit in the front with her (hearing problem) and was chatting so informatively about the chianti regions. His biggest fear was unfounded that she would take us to "friends" wineries. She chose excellent wineries and we were treated like royalty, but in a very, very personal way. Angie later told us that in her off season, she actually takes tours herself at wineries and decides where she will take her clients. The girl does do her homework! She stopped at two villages, one of which, Volpaia, was for lunch at a place called Bar Ucci. The owner, Poala (Barruci), came out and promptly gave my husband the most incredible cookie. She also gave us an "autographia" for my husband's collection which delighted us and her! The meal was top notch and Angie and I actually shared two entrees. My husband refused to share his!
The wine tours were extremely personal too! At the first stop, the owner was away on holiday (August can be a bad time to go in Italy, more tourist than native) but his intern was very knowledgeable and fun. The second tour was at a winery outside the Black Rooster area, but still "pink label." And I think we found a kindred soul in the owner. He entertained us and educated us with such a passion that I want to know everything there is about wine making. He certainly made me want to teach the world what a bottle of wine REALLY represents. Angie was just perfect. If you ask my husband what his top three moments were, her tour is the second. We were in Europe for two weeks and Italy is definitely a return visit. And I would go nowhere in Tuscany without Angie. Yes, she is that good and yes, she gets my full vote of confidence and enthusiasm. What a great find she was.
Karen O'Connell, July 2008
My 18 year old daughter and I came to Italy for her graduation present, our first visit. We loved our two days of touring Tuscany with Angela. I felt she truly cared about what we wanted and was dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for us. As novice wine drinkers we throughly enjoyed the intimate settings and fabulous hospitality we received everywhere we went, we learned and enjoyed it all so very much. I highly recommend Angela. I loved not having to worry about maps and any conflict that could arise from getting lost, her knowledge and caring attitude contributed greatly to our trip.
Dr. C.M. Manion, English Professor, Milwaukee Area Technical College, July 2008
Thanks again for a great tour yesterday; unfortunately, the dessert wine also seeped through the bag with my little bag of chocolates, so I wasn't able to give them to my husband for our anniversary, but he really likes the olive oil and wine.
We will go online soon to post our recommendations for you, the tour, and both wineries. In fact, we've already given you name and number out!
Thank you again for a great day!
Almir and Mariana, May 2008
Hi dear Angie. We arrived in Brazil, with sucess - with our Montalcino's bottles wine - ;) I would like to you now that you had been very important. You help to make our trip much more adorable and a unforgettable experience. I hope see you again soon, 'speaking italian' parlando italiano. Say hello and send hugs to Fabiana and Gema. After your work time, in vacation, if you like to came to Brazil, have sure that you will be welcome in our house. Hugs, Almir e Mariana.
Maria and Deborah, February 2008
I cannot thank you enough for our wonderful day in Montalcino. Thank you so much for arranging the visit to Primme Donne. Il Coco was terrific as well. I will never forget Giacomo and his enthusiasm for his wine (and his grappa). Our day with you was a highlight of our trip. We will certainly tell anyone who visits Tuscany to contact you and when we come back, we'll be looking to you again!
Richard Smith 2008
Angie, I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the day with you . Nice memories.
I have sent a few pictures that way you can chose the ones you want.
Hope to see you for another trip through Tuscany.
S. West River Dr
Liz James, October 2007
We had such a great time with you! I guess I'll write something and you can choose or alter as you wish:
My husband and I will always cherish the memories we made on our Chianti small group wine tour with Angie. We thought out of all the things we did on our tour throughout Italy, this was the most special. The vineyards and Tuscan towns that we toured were truly amazing! And we were taught all about the intricacies of making Chianti Classico wine, which is fascinating. The highlight of our trip was getting to meet new friends and the lunch (held in a 15th century villa) is described as "light" on the website........was a gourmet feast and one of the best we had while in Italy! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, you won't regret it!
Thanks again Angie!!