Its an intimate story…

Earth, sky and water

Its an intimate story…

As the Holiday Season approaches I find myself bringing the year together in my mind, collecting the sweet and the sore to understand how to live better in 2015. Family, work and play all have intertwined in many of the events of 2014 and while there has been some truly wonderful life steps on all sides there has been heart break and sadness too. The Wine Resort and Winery have deepened their roots in so many ways. The Hotel is sublime and its air, food and wine seem to bring healing in so many different ways to the people who visit us there.

The new courtyard at CDSB Tuscany.

The new courtyard at CDSB Tuscany.

It has been a year of renewal and reflection. 10 years of marriage for Manfred and I. Claudia Giuliani has taken over the management of the Hotel and she has brought us to a new level. We launched our new restaurant at the Winery, Maremmana, under our fabulous chef, Jacopo. And we forged new distribution relationships for our organic wines in Canada and the Netherlands.

Manfred and his boys.

Manfred and his boys.

Family and friends mean everything to us and so when we lost our great friend Matt Haley this year in a tragic motorbike accident we were crushed. Manfredo and I loved him too much and we feel the empty space he has left us with. But I feel his presence around us, he was super positive about life, people, food and nature and I hear his encouragement and kindness every day.

Manfred and I are learning to grow our business with dignity, sowing our core values deep into its everyday. We are creating experiences in Tuscany which soothe the soul, make organic wines which we know are clean and have crafted exquisite Italian countryside food at our Ristorante Maremmana which makes our hearts happy. We are also embarking on the next hospitality projects, news coming soon, and all of my creative juices are flowing in anticipation!

Here is Matt with us and our children this Summer in London

Here is Matt with us and our children this Summer in London

Please support us through www.contidisanbonifacio.com and by ordering some wine or olive oil for yourselves or as a gift this festive season, here http://store.nexternal.com/cdsb/storefront.aspx

We want to say thank you for all of your support. We hope to see you in 2015. Have a wonderful December and a peaceful 2015.


Sarah and Manfredo, Vinciguerra, Orlando and Milo

Organic Olive Oil-Italian yummy heaven

Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort, Gavorrano, Tuscany, ItalyFor all of you lovely people buying our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil I have compiled the following instructions for maximising Your tasting experience.

1.Take one very slender and gorgeous black bottle of our Olive Oil from its black wrappings.

2.Crack open that brand new,just picked and pressed olive oil and enjoy aromas.

3.Tear generous hunk of crusty on outside and soft and warm on inside bread and place on wooden board.

4.Pour a decadent dosage of oil on to the bread while using a fork to squish the oil inside.

5.Sprinkle some Maldon sea salt on there with a twist from your pepper mill of black pepper corns if you must.

6.Greedily devour accompanied by a glass of your favourite red???

You will now be in Italian yummy heaven…enjoy!

Buy Organic Olive Oil direct from a Tuscan Producer you know – here.

The Countess’ Corner-Venice

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IMG_5561I get asked all of the time for recommendations from our guests at the Wine Resort. So in order to meet demand every now and again I will write a blog with a special suggestion. Todays is a restaurant in Venice.

We got to this “bacchari”, translated means to celebrate the rites of Bacchus, after buying an obscene amount of fish in the Venetian Fish Market. A short gondola across the canal and a 10 minute walk got us to Alla Vedova, The Widows House. It really is everything you want from Venice for lunch: small, wood lined with venetian floors and a well-worn feel about it.

The menu spurred us to order almost everything. The white polenta with schia, small grey prawns from the lagoon which the venetian fisherman eat raw, was off the charts. As was the seppie in squid ink. We were washing it down with some Prosecco as when we ordered a jug (beautiful ceramic on a pewter tray) of the house red, the eccentric owner says, “Don’t, its undrinkable.” He went on to get quite animated, continually reminding us to slow down (we were wolfing it down) as the last thing he needed was a reputation for being “fast food”.

Anyway I’m including a snap of my favourite table at which I will most certainly try to organise a very long, and slow, lunch with some favourite people. I’d love to know what your favourite haunt in Venice was?