My Best Friends Wedding - An Unforgettable Vineyard Wedding in Italy

It was a huge honour when my best friend, Claudio asked if he could marry at Palazzo Tronconi Vineyard and it was a year ago today he tied the knot with his beautiful wife Alessia.

 my best friends and me

my best friends and me

Building works at the new winery had almost been completed - all but the terrace, 24 hours before the wedding we were still laying the surface.

Despite this, I never underestimated the bride Alessia, ‘Le Chef Clochard’s’ ability to coordinate a visually stunning wedding, her attention to detail was flawless. Her natural styling suited the surroundings perfectly, understated elegance. As she floated around the guests in her sweeping vintage style gown with flowers in her hair, she well and truly belonged. As for my best friend Claudio to see the happiness in him made all the blood, sweat and tears worthwhile!

Cocktails of Palazzo Tronconi biodynamic Vermouth were served up, hand made organic cheese was provided by Casa Lawrence and Chef Leonardo’s sundried tomatoes and courgettes from our kitchen garden drizzled with Palazzo Tronconi olive oil made for an appertising starter to a carefully selected menu of seasonal local organic ingredients.

We did it, we all tied the knot! For not only was it a celebration filled with joy and happiness, a declaration of love and commitment, it was also the christening of Palazzo Tronconi’s Winery and Restaurant. There are so many people to thank my friends and family and to to everyone who worked so hard to make the day happen, our head Chef Leonardo Grimaldi, the sous chefs, waitresses, bar staff, but most of all the greatest thanks to my best friends Claudio and Alessia, for putting their trust in me. 

Congratulations once again Mr and Mrs Conforti

love, peace and happiness 

I'll do it all over again, so if you want to get married on a vineyard contact me

Styling by and for more info contact Alessia Corrado Le Chef Clochard

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Photographing A Vineyard - Exhibition by Marco Reali

At Palazzo Tronconi Winery Restaurant, we are delighted to be exhibiting a photographic exhibition by local photographer Marco Reali. 

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Through the lens, Marco explores key events on our vineyard, capturing scenes that catalogue stages that vines go through throughout the year. From the first buds in spring to veraison when the grapes start to change colour. Glorious harvest then autumnal colours to leafless vines in the winter. Images of biodynamic farming are evocative of simple farming techniques of days gone by. Sweeping rural landscapes and portraits of the winemaker.

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photographing a vineyard
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photographing a vineyard
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Come along and enjoy the exhibition we are open for Apericena Friday and Saturday evenings from 7.30 or Sunday Lunch and a tour of our vineyard at 11.30.

for more info contact +39 0776 539678

 Biodynamic Cocktail on Roof Terrace at Palazzo Tronconi Restaurant  photo S. Hoehn

Biodynamic Cocktail on Roof Terrace at Palazzo Tronconi Restaurant

photo S. Hoehn

Palazzo Tronconi Osteria

Where to See the Total Lunar Eclipse

With a biodynamic Blood Red Cocktail in hand watch the deep red moon climb the sky on the roof terrace of Palazzo Tronconi Winery on Friday 27th July 2018

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The skies over our vineyards are breathtaking, it is no surprise our land is called 'Tramonti', meaning Sunsets. On Friday 27th we climb the roof terrace to witness the awe inspiring 'Blood Moon'.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and the moon are perfectly lined up. The most spectacular part about a total lunar eclipse is when the moon is fully in Earth’s shadow it turns deep red. 

As a biodynamic vineyard we follow the principles of Rudolf Steiner's approach to biodynamic agriculture, coordinating our soil treatments with the lunar calendar, the idea that plants are more receptive to fertilizing or pruning on particular days or phases of the moon. So it is only right we should celebrate this night with our biodynamic menu including our blood red vermouth cocktails!

L'Apericena at Palazzo Tronconi Winery every Friday and Saturday Evening

Hope you can join us!

Contact Maria Teresa for Bookings on +39 0776 539678  

 

Rediscovering Lazio Wines Naturally

10 Wine Producers, 10 Wines, 375 glasses

 

Lazio, a region that was once the jewel in viticulture has been reawakened by a new generation of biodynamic winemakers. 

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Palazzo Tronconi Eco Winery was the backdrop to an evening dedicated to 10 Biodynamic wine producers from the Lazio region. The evening was hosted by one of Italy's most knowledgeable and passionate sommelier's, Sandro Sangiorgi he was assisted by Matteo Gallello, a biodynamic winemaking advocate.

Valuing their territory and the importance of their indigenous grape varieties these winemakers have teamed together to promote their shared vision, to produce a unique style of wines naturally that are focused on quality and that characterise this region.

Like many Italian wine regions, Lazio's wine heritage is ancient. It is a region composed of hills, and mountains and is uniquely suited to viticulture because of its mild climate, a rich and varied geological mix of soils of which volcanic soils are prominent, coastal breezes, adequate rainfall, variations in day-night temperatures and an abundance of rare, high-quality native grape varieties.

Soon these winemakers will find themselves on the radar, the world of wine is beginning to sit up and notice as they are on the brink of rediscovering the true potential of these wines and this territory.

Thanks to the following producers

 Andrea Occipinti, Cantina Ribela, Carlo Noro, Damiano Ciolli, La Visciola, Palazzo Tronconi, Podere Orto, Riccardi Reale, DS Bio, Casale Certosa.

Also Thanks to Sandro Sangiiorgi and all the staff at Palazzo Tronconi who gave up their time to take part in this exciting event, Ettore Conti, Sarah Hoehn and Maria Teresa Cocco

 Palazzo Tronconi Winery

Palazzo Tronconi Winery

Walking Holiday Italy

With rolling green hills, exquisite wines, a culinary culture and history that remains the envy of the region, the stunning landscapes of Ciociaria provide the perfect backdrop to Palazzo Tronconi walking holidays. 

 

Staying at our small, historic hotel in the medieval town of Arce, our English speaking experienced walking guides will take you off the beaten track allowing you to see the real Italy. On four walks you will discover breathtaking countryside, hidden hilltop villages and silent valleys, see age old customs and traditions combined with with historical landmarks.

Along your journeys sample delicious food at local mountain restaurants that serve up honest, hearty, traditional food.

This holiday is ideal for all ages it can be adapted for a more advanced walking group.

On the final day you will be invited to a personal tour of the hotel's vineyard and winery with Marco, winemaker and owner of Palazzo Tronconi.

Walking level from 1-5

Level 3 - medium (can be adapted accordingly)

Price:

€1,120 per person for a booking of two people

€1,000 per person for booking of 4 people or more

What this includes:

  • 6 days (5 nights) accommodationin our renovated historic 18th Century Boutique Hotel

  • Generous breakfasts including home baked traditional pastries and fresh Italian coffee. 

  • Lunches and dinners are included at our hotel, winery restaurant and other favourite restaurants *excludes drinks

  • Guided Walk 1 Cassino- Climb to Monte Cassino from the path of S. Scolastica, and walking through the area of Mount Calvario, visiting the obelisk, a monument dedicated to the Polish soldiers and the Polish cemetery. We will continue on to the exploded tank and at the Domek Doktora, where the injured were treated. A visit the Abbey of Montecassino the worlds most glorious abbey, which stands proud on the hill which dominates Cassino and the Gariglian valley. Finish the tour heading down the panoramic Via Di San Benedetto, admiring the Roman theater and the archaeological area of Cassino.

  • Guided Walk 2 to National Park of Abruzzo - Abruzzo is an area of unspoiled natural beauty that is fairly unknown to tourists. It's in the heart of the central Apennines between  Abruzzi, Lazio and Molise and its some 50,000 hectares are home to 25 towns. The great Appenine, peaks, a stunning mountain region of picturesque hilltop towns and silent valleys. We will enter at the National Park of Abruzzo Lazio and Molise, starting from the Abbey of Canneto, we will walk the lush Valle di Canneto, pausing at the waterfall where Pope Woytila was gathered in prayer and with a bit of luck we can spot natural wildlife that inhabit the park. 

  • Guided Walk 3 to the beautiful historic Arpino- characterised by ancient narrow alleys and historic buildings, this is a stunning starting point for the ascent to the village of Civitavecchia, surrounded by megalithic walls and accessible via a pointed arch. Walking between woods and streams we will descend in the gorge of Melfa, following the river to reach Roccasecca.

  • Guided Walk 4 Forca d'Acero in the National Park of Abruzzo - Departing from Forca d'Acero, a walk through the woods and clearings of Macchiarvana, arriving at the sanctuary of Monte Tranquillo. The scenery here is characterized by mountain chains, rivers and streams. It's the ideal place to spend a day in close contact with nature and to admire unpoluted landscapes, rich flora and varied fauna. Here a chance to spot certain species such as the Marsican brown bear (40 bears), golden eagle, Apennine wolf, deer, otter and chamois, have all found refuge and their habitat amongst these remote valleys and inaccessible mountains. A visit of the village of Pescasseroli. 

  • A personal wine tour of our Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard and Eco Winery and tasting with Owner and oenologist Marco Marrocco

  • A 5 Course Organic Lunch paired with the wines we produce at our Winery Restaurant  

  • Drop off and collection to all starting and finishing points of walks
    *Note flights are not included, closest airport is Rome, transfers from airport may be arranged 

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Cooking Vacation in Ciociaria Italy

Learn to Cook the Italian Way

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Come join us and learn to cook dishes from our regional cuisine the true Italian way, with recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, our classes are fun and informal. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned chef, we will let you into some of our secrets of our traditional, authentic recipes and the techniques we have learnt over centuries.

We offer three types of cooking classes with our experienced specialised chefs: learn to cook fresh pasta and sauces with Pasta Chef Milly, mouthwatering pizzas with Pizza Chef Giuseppe or a specialist class with our Head Chef Leonardo.

 

Learn to make Fresh Organic Pasta with Chef  Milly

'We had expected to be thrown into the deep end; making our first fresh pasta through learning by mistakes. However, this was not to be the case as chef Milly masterfully demonstrated the correct technique for creating several delicious pasta dishes. When it came to our turn, we were surprised just how tough the pasta dough was to knead - chef Milly has muscles!!' Jack, Cambridge UK

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Learn to make the Best Pizza with Pizza Chef Giuseppe

Giuseppe Marcuccilli is an Award Winning International master baker and pizza maker. Trained by master bread makers Franco Pepe and Patrick Ricci at Salone de Gusto, Turin he obtained a deeper understanding in the Italian craft of baking.  At Palazzo Tronconi he hosts popular lively, weekly courses for baking typical, authentic Italian bread, pizzas and focaccia, from the simplest to the more complex. 

A Masterchef lesson with Head Chef Leonardo

 "I have thought carefully about the dishes I present in our cooking classes. I want to capture the essence of not only our regional cuisine of Ciociaria but of Italian Cookery, which often is about less is more."  Leonardo Grimaldi, Head Chef

cooking vacation Italy
learn to cook in Italy

Diversity

Italian cuisine is noted for it's regional abundance of diversity and difference in taste and is one of the most popular in the world. 

Simplicity

There is a simplicity to our cuisine, It is not about complicated preparation of the dishes it is the quality of the few ingredients that we use. 

Organic

Ingredients that are pure, seasonal, locally produced and preferably organic and sustainable. 

Traditional

The recipes we have chosen are traditional but with a modern twist..

Techniques

Step by step, we will show you how.

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Cooking Vacation in Italy

Learn to Cook the Italian Way

cooking vacation Italy

Come join us and learn to cook dishes from our regional cuisine the true Italian way, with recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, our classes are fun and informal. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned chef, we will let you into some of our secrets of our traditional, authentic recipes and the techniques we have learnt over centuries.

We offer three types of cooking classes with our experienced specialised chefs: learn to cook fresh pasta and sauces with Pasta Chef Milly, mouthwatering pizzas with Pizza Chef Giuseppe or a specialist class with our Head Chef Leonardo.

 

Learn to make Fresh Organic Pasta with Chef  Milly

'We had expected to be thrown into the deep end; making our first fresh pasta through learning by mistakes. However, this was not to be the case as chef Milly masterfully demonstrated the correct technique for creating several delicious pasta dishes. When it came to our turn, we were surprised just how tough the pasta dough was to knead - chef Milly has muscles!!' Jack, Cambridge UK

pizza making class near Rome

 

Learn to make the Best Pizza with Pizza Chef Pizza Chef Giuseppe

Giuseppe Marcuccilli is an Award Winning International master baker and pizza maker. Trained by master bread makers Franco Pepe and Patrick Ricci at Salone de Gusto, Turin he obtained a deeper understanding in the Italian craft of baking.  At Palazzo Tronconi he hosts popular lively, weekly courses for baking typical, authentic Italian bread, pizzas and focaccia, from the simplest to the more complex. 

A Masterchef lesson with Head Chef Leonardo

 "I have thought carefully about the dishes I present in our cooking classes. I want to capture the essence of not only our regional cuisine of Ciociaria but of Italian Cookery, which often is about less is more."  Leonardo Grimaldi, Head Chef

cooking vacation Italy
learn to cook in Italy

Diversity

Italian cuisine is noted for it's regional abundance of diversity and difference in taste and is one of the most popular in the world. 

Simplicity

There is a simplicity to our cuisine, It is not about complicated preparation of the dishes it is the quality of the few ingredients that we use. 

Organic

Ingredients that are pure, seasonal, locally produced and preferably organic and sustainable. 

Traditional

The recipes we have chosen are traditional but with a modern twist..

Techniques

Step by step, we will show you how.

authentic+cooking+class+italy
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Dionne Swift Stitch Workshop in Italy

Stitched Sketchbook with artist, Dionne Swift 5 Days

 21st May - 25th May 2018

4th October- 9th October 2018

€1250.00 all inclusive

(small group of 7 )

For me the processes of drawing and sewing are intertwined, but underpinned by observations and understandings of a place. Join me to develop your knowledge of this beautiful Italian location whilst deepening your appreciation of drawing techniques and indulging in a love of stitch. We will start by creating our own books and by overcoming the fear of working on a clean page! Each day I shall offer you a new focus and direction with intriguing exercises to push your creativity and explore your potential. All the ideas can all be easily adapted to working purely on paper if you don’t have a textile inclination...the choice is yours.
This is a week of creativity, Italian culture, food, wine and wonderment - I hope you can join me. 

What this exclusive holiday workshop includes...

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  • 5 days (4 nights) in our renovated 18th Century Boutique Hotel all inclusive of food and transfers.

  • Accommodation , generous breakfasts including home baked traditional pastries and fresh Italian coffee.

  • Lunches and Dinners at our own restaurant and hotel as well as hand picked restaurants ‘where the locals eat’

  • Expert tuition by Dionne Swift all materials for the workshop included. 

  • As part of a small group (maximum 7 people)  during this exclusive week, positive connections and friendships will be made, also no need to speak Italian to get the most from this experience!

  • Tour of the beautiful Palazzo Tronconi vineyard, winery followed by a wine tasting with owner and oenologist Marco Marrocco

  • Pizza Lesson with internationally renowned Pizza Master, he will be happy to share the secrets of preparing the best Italian pizza.

  •  Trip to Casamari Abbey 

  • Trip to the beautiful historic seaside town of Sperlonga 

  • For a small surcharge of €20 each way for a single collection and drop off at Ciampino airport. Or we are so close to Rome and Naples why not extend your stay?

Pasta Making Class in Italy

Touring around  Europe in their VW Camper Van Jack and Alex from Cambridge, England found their way to Palazzo Tronconi and embarked on a Pasta Making Class with our brilliant Pasta Chef Milly! This is what they had to say...

"Palazzo Tronconi as exclusive as it gets let the magic begin...."

We had expected to be thrown into the deep end; making our first fresh pasta through learning by mistakes. However, this was not to be the case as chef Milly masterfully demonstrated the correct technique for creating several delicious pasta dishes. When it came to our turn, we were surprised just how tough the pasta dough was to knead - chef Milly has muscles!!

The room was filled with animated cookery conversations from start to finish, it was a great atmosphere to be in the company of such a passionate chef. Enjoying the fruits of our labour with Palazzo Tronconi's own wine and sharing it all around together was a wonderful way to  finish to the evening. 

A thoroughly enjoyable experience leaving us with plenty of ideas for the future! 

 

TO BOOK A PASTA MAKING CLASS AT PALAZZO TRONCONI HERE

 

READ MORE ABOUT JACK AND ALEX'S ADVENTURES HERE

Veraison and Harvesting Exciting Times at Palazzo Tronconi Vineyard

The long days and nights of pruning, training, thinning as well as fulfilling our biodynamic promise to our land all becomes worthwhile. 
— Marco Marrocco, oenologist owner of Palazzo Tronconi
 photos courtesy  Sarah Hoehn

photos courtesy Sarah Hoehn

 

These are exciting times in our vineyard, veraison is a French term that means the beginning of ripening, our red grapes begin to change colour from green to a deep purple and our white grapes change from green to golden globes of amber. Veraison signals the grape berries to become much more resistant to many grape diseases - a huge relief for us especially after losing a percentage of our crop this year to the worst frosts we have encountered Europe. The changing colour is also associated with the aroma change, and this in turn can attract grape eating pests such as the wild pigs who feasted on our grapes a couple of years ago! 

 

Most importantly veraision is the final stage in the growing process and signals that we have grapes to harvest and to make wine with! So all good. 

The long days and nights of pruning, training, thinning as well as fulfilling our biodynamic promise to our land all becomes worthwhile. 

So onto harvest, we have started taking juice samples from the grapes to analyse to see how the grapes are ripening and harvest of Malvasia Puntinata and Trebbiano could take place within two weeks. Friends families and some of our past guests at Palazzo Tronconi Hotel are invited back to to help with harvest. Sounds romantic but it's intense, hard work, all our grapes are handpicked and need to be picked quickly once they are fully ripe. 

It's a labour of love but so far it's been worth the blood sweat and tears! 

 

See you soon!

Marco