Like a postcard
The road between Gattaiola and San Giuliano Terme runs along the foot of the Monte Pisano.
Long winding roads lined with linden and sycamore trees lead up to the village of Ripafratta, where you turn right under a little underpass and suddenly find yourself in a bright green oasis of very small hamlets and gentle slopes dotted with olive groves and vineyards.
At a few kilometers from our art cities of Pisa and Lucca you can catch a glimpse of an authentic Tuscan landscape.
I continue along the narrow road, often flanked by the garden walls of the antique villas of the Lucchesia, towards Gattaiola until, on my left, a gentle valley opens up with slopes scattered with vineyards and in the distance the beautiful view of the Apuan Alps, just like in a postcard!
The gates are open and I go in: Carlo and Francesca Urbani come to welcome me and I feel immediately at ease.
They lead me to the vineyard and to the farmhouse , of which one wing has been renovated respecting the traditional local architecture, to receive B&B guests.
I then follow them down to the wine cellar, where the grapes grown on their land are used to produce Sangiovese, Canaiolo and single-variety Merlot and other blends using Cabernet and Malvasia grapes.
The history of this small winery began three generations ago and they preserve and hand down the traditions and knowledge that they learnt from their grandfather, whose picture is on the wine label.
Their story moves me, their wines do the rest; a story of the land, of passion, of dedicated men and women, as their website illustrates very well.