Holiday farmhouse story
||The origins of Montefiascone and of the Est!
Est!! Est!!! wine
The agriturismo Casone is situated to 500
meters on the level of the sea, where climate is mild and summers
are fresh and ventilated.Montefiascone has a stupendous position
and it offers you a panorama without equal, at 639 meters on the
eyelash of a crater. The Cimini hills, the great lowland etruscas
up to the sea, the hills of the Tolfa and Alllumiere, the hills of
Canino and the Argentario Mountain, the stupendous mass of the
Amiata mountain, the Cetone mountain, Radicofani’s Peak, the Fiora
mountain and the hills toward Siena form the crown that surrounds
Montefiascone is also wet from the stupendous Bolsena lake with
its two islands Martana and Bisentina. Martana island became
famous because there was first relegated and then killed
Amalasunta, the queen of the Goths; Bisentina island is known for
Sangallo and Vignola works, and for of the family Farnese graves.
Montefiascone, has Etruscan and Roman origins, was coasted along
from the street Cassia. This ancient road rose on the peak of the
hill (still visible and well preserved). From here began the
actual "Umbro Casentinese" road, now known as “strada statale
numero 71”, that went to Orvieto to continue toward Chiusi and
Cortona. From the hilltop now began Verentana provincial road that
takes to Tuscany, to Pitigliano and Sovana. We couldn’t forget the
ancient Clodia road that from Tuscania took to Montefiascone.
The first documents that quote the origins of Montefiascone go
back up to 853 A.C.
Montefiascone situated to the center of important streets of
communication, where important characters of the epoch sojournd,
from Pious pope VII to the countess Matilde, from the king Enrico
V to the emperor Barbarossa. Was in this epoch that Pope Innocenzo
III stayed different time, followed by the popes Urbano IV, Martin
IV, Giulio II, Leo X, Giulio III and Clemente VII, and the
stupendous Fortress of the Popes was built.
In the XIII century, Henry V, emperor of the Sacred Romano Impero,
with 30 thousand soldiers and a great group of administrators and
jurists went down in Italy.
History says that that among the group there was Giovanni Defuc,
squire of feudal Germany, big wine drinker, who that stricken by
the excellent quality of Montefiascone wine he visited various
wine cellars and inns and contrarily to what had tasted to
Montepulciano where wrote on the door of the wine cellar! Est!!
(or rather "there is there is"), on that of Montefiascone wrote
three Est times: Est! Est!! Est!!!, for its excellent quality. So,
he decided to stay in Montefiascone, where he died in the XIII
because of drinking; you can still visit his grave near St.
This is the history that made Montefiascone Est! Est!! Est!!!
wines famous both in Italy and in the world, with its appreciated
wines labels like “Il Vescovo”, “Il poggio dei Gelsi” and “Montiano”.
Est! Est!! Est!!! wines gives to Montefiascone a respected status
in center Italy high quality wine production.
Every year,from the 1st to the 15th Agust the traditional “Fiera
del Vino” (wine fair) takes place. Music, shows, historical
procession, the Defuc death recalling, flag-waving performance in
medieval costume, and numerous wine cellar in which you can taste
Montefiascone (and surroundings) wines and tipical food.
|Il vino è il miele della
rinforza i muscoli e la mente,
il palato inebriato vi sentite
da quel naturale ed eccellente.
In tini di rovere, pestato e ribbollite
esce in modo energico e possente
e se preso in dose giusta e misurata
rende splendida e tranquilla la giornata.
Agriturismo Casone has always practiced a
traditional agriculture (those followed by our grandparents) in an
uncontaminated and primitive environment rich in vegetation,
colors, fragrances, birds and wildlife (porcupines, badgers,
foxes, turtles, hedgehogs).
|Quel silenzio rotto dal
cinguettio degli uccelli,
quegli intensi profumi della
primavera in fiore,
quei piatti splendidi di pomodori, fave e piselli,
quel pane fresco e sfornato di primo albore,
mi risvegliano i sogni dell'infanzia cosi belli.
Oggi si dice che la vita sia più bella e più migliore,
ma stento a trovare il pecorino, la scotta e la ricotta
però non rinuncio all'originale piatto di panzanella
||Here are two of the most typical and
traditional country recipes. They are made with the simple
products of the earth, low in calories, but very substantive.
Ingredients:Water, Wild chicory, mint, Some cloves of garlic,
An egg per person, Bread "casareccio" (country style), Some
potatoes, Extra virgin olive oil, Salt, hot pepper (to taste)
Cook in a pot (possibly of terracotta) together
with water, mint, wild chicory, garlic, and potatoes. When these
ingredients are almost cooked, add the hard boiled eggs, add salt
to taste. Pour the contents into the dishes already stuffed with
country-style bread cut into thin slices.
At this point let the bread take in the flavor for about 10
minutes and then the dish is ready to eat.
Ingredients: Bread "casereccio" cut to slices , Some fresh
tomatoes, basil leaves, half an onion, Extra virgin olive oil,
Slice the bread and place it inside a
terracotta bowl full of water. After a few minutes, when the bread
is fully soaked, extract it from the water, squeeze it and break
it into another bowl adding the tomatoes, onions, basil, olive
oil, salt, and vinegar to taste.
Mix everything well and the dish is ready to eat.