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 and by ordering some wine or olive oil for yourselves or as a gift this festive season, here

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


Conti di San Bonifacio wine resort, Gavorrano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy


Enjoy the harvest in Tuscany with us! 

Vendemmia is the Italian word for grape harvest and is one of the most charming and interesting experiences you can enjoy in Tuscany. This is the perfect trip for wine aficionados!

At 9am you will meet our sommelier who will give you an introduction to the world of vineyards and then you walk to our estate and start collecting the grapes assisted by the winemaker and the sommelier for about one hour. You will visit the winery and see the entire wine-making process in detail.

You can enjoy our vineyards and put your hands on our grapes learning the process of wine making during the most exciting phases and taste our wines directly from the barrels!

By 1pm you will be back to the resort for refreshing and at 1.30pm a typical Tuscan merenda (lunch) overlooking the vineyards will be served for the entire party with a pairing of our wines.

During your stay you will also enjoy a full day tour to the amazing Super Tuscan region with a private transfer and a sommelier.

Rates for three nights stay are starting from Euros 785.00 in Olive Grove Suite

Rates are for three nights per person in double accommodation inclusive of buffet breakfast, use of our salt water swimming pool, internet Wi-Fi connection, parking, services and taxes. They also include half day harvest experience with a professional sommelier, Tuscan lunch for two people with a pairing of our wines and soft drinks included, a full day tour to Bolgheri with a private transfer and a sommelier.

€ 1.30 city tax per person, per day to be added.

This offer is valid from September 14th till end of October 2014 for any of our suite, it is subject to limited availability and cannot be combined neither with other ongoing promotions or applicable to existing reservations.

Please call us on +39 0566 80006 or send an email to booking

Shaken or stirred?

Here is my selfie on the eve of one of our wine dinners last week in the US. I love visiting America. I learn a lot  from our friends, partners and clients over there. I feel very fortunate indeed. I managed to get an enormous amount done marketing the wines and the Hotel and with my friend, Matt Haley, we made sure there was time to go speak at a school and be a part of the fantastic community work that he does. 

So, despite it looking as if I’m trying to be 007, as you know I’m more a wine-man than a Martini-man. And as much as it is kind of cool to smarten myself up, I prefer to be in boots, jeans and a t-shirt, around the estate in Tuscany. I’m the kind of guy who has a short attention span and I tend to move from one thing to the next pretty sharply. The team that works for Sarah and I know that too and have come to expect my interventionist approach. I like to be involved. I want to stay current on the thousand things going on here, from how big the hail stones were in yesterdays storm, to when the new bottles of Grappa will be ready. There are architects and City Hall conversations going on about our plans to grow and accountants telling us if we’ve done a decent job. The Hotel and it’s guests are a welcome tonic after the savage wine world we work in. We have quite a few of our guests hosting their weddings with us and attention to detail is everything for them. We’ve hired a brilliant Hotel Manager, Claudia Giuliani, who is taking our hospitality offering here to the next level. We couldn’t be more pleased.

Anyway the long and short of it is that I am back and the Summer is on. We have the best team we have ever had, Elisa as Chef, Ilario, Director of Wine and Claudia running the Hotel business. And well, I’m knee deep in what I love-Tuscany. 


Our Prosecco is back!

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Our Prosecco is back! After a couple of months without our favourite frizzante, we are excited to be able to release the new 2013 vintage. If you love bubbles from Italy this is the bottle of choice for you. Pale, golden bubbles, filled with light and literally sparkling for all types of occasions. We think this gorgeous, slender, black bottle of fizz is one of the most versatile drinks we produce. We drink it on a cold winters night after work, to celebrate with the ones we love or on a sunny day with friends. As you pour your first, icy glass aromas of apple, fresh white fruit and notes of yeast escape from the glass. What more do you need to know? We’ll have cases to ship mid-month, so get your order in now! Email us at or Buy a case of Prosecco here.

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.