Beekeeping in Italy

Life is Bee-utiful at Palazzo Tronconi, Italy

Conserving our Flora and Fauna 

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Bees are essential to our eco system. They are responsible for almost a third of the food we eat. Their ecological and morphological characteristics make them valuable in the preservation of our environment. So, as a biodynamic winemaker obsessed with ecology and natural science when the beehives were introduced to Palazzo Tronconi on the 10th May 2017 we were all buzzing with excitement.

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Not only are we playing a small part in conserving our flora and fauna, we hope to produce  natural honey. We also intend to use the propolis that is produced in the hives for pharmaceutical purposes. The vineyards will also benefit as gradually we hope to abandon the use of copper and use a treatment of propolis instead.

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beehive

For centuries beekeepers assumed that bees sealed the beehive with propolis to protect the colony from the elements, such as rain and winds. Only recently research has shown that bees not only survive, but also thrive, with increased ventilation during the winter. In fact propolis adds much more beneficial purpose to the hive, including prevention of diseases and parasites from entering the hive, also stopping fungal and bacterial growth. It has also been used in traditional medicines for thousands of years.

Our honey is almost ready, and after tasting natural acacia honey for the first time, I cannot wait….

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Wine Tour and Cooking Classes Vacation Lazio, Italy

 

7 day Wine Tour and Cooking with Excursions

from 1,800.00 (discount available for 4 people or more)

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Cooking Classes and Wine Tour Ciociaria Experience in the Lazio region of Italy

This week long holiday offers you the chance to experience the true flavours of Italy, master the art of traditional Italian cuisine with our renowned specialised chefs, using locally sourced ingredients. Palazzo Tronconi's owner and oenologist Marco will take you on a personal wine tour of his vineyard and winery where you will be able to taste the biodynamic wines we produce. Take in some culture we have handpicked the most beautiful places, off the tourist track that represent our Italian heritage and this beautiful landscape, including the beautiful historic fishing village of Sperlonga and the interesting Casa Lawrence.

7 Day Package Food and Wine Experience From €1,800/person (discount available for 4 people plus)

  • 7 days (6 nights) in our renovated 18th Century Boutique Hotel, Staying in a lovely ensuite bedroom, fully air-conditioned with wifi, flatscreen TV and minibar.

  • All breakfast, lunches and dinners included. Beverages included tea, coffee, spring water, juice, complimentary glass of wine available with each meal at Palazzo Tronconi.

  • Wine Tour of our own vineyards

  • Five course organic lunch at winery paired with our wines we produce 

  • 2 Cooking Lessons - choose from the culinary classes we offer

  • 2 Foodie Trips - A visit an Artisan Buffalo Mozzarella Farm and a visit to an olive oil mill

  • A choice of 3 Excursions to visit some beautiful places that represent this beautiful region. 

  • All transfers to excursions included.

  • Collection and drop-off at airpot included

Example Itinerary, our holidays are tailor-made to suit you, choose the type of cooking classes you would like to take and the excursions you would like to go to. 

DAY 1

  • Arrival and pickup from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) airport

  • Light lunch upon arrival and check-in at Palazzo Tronconi

  • Time to unpack your luggage and relax in your room

  • Take a stroll in the cobbled alleys and discover the medieval town of Arce Dinner at our favourite local restaurant

DAY 2 

  • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries and fruits yoghurts)

  • A visit to the Gothic Abbey of Casamari be mesmerised by this understated Abbey to the sounds of Gregorian Chants.

  • Visit a traditional family-run olive oil mill with an explanation of the extra- virgin oil extraction process

  • Lunch

  • Time to relax then enjoy a fun and relaxed Pizza Lesson with Pizza master Giuseppe Marcuccilli, guaranteed to make you smile, he will show you the secrets to creating the best pizza dough and melt in your mouth pizzas. A recipe you can replicate at home in a conventional oven.

  • Pizza in the dining room with a glass of our biodynamic wine.

Day 3

  • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries and fruits yoghurts)

  • Pack your beach bag! We will take you to the Ancient fishing village of Sperlonga, with stunning views over the azure blue Tyrrhenian sea. Enjoy the sea air whilst having lunch at our favourite seafood restaurant. Voted as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, the old town is full of charm of whitewashed houses. A great place for walking you will come across the ruins a Roman Villa and the grotto of Tiberius

  • Evening Relax and Dinner at Palazzo Tronconi or at a traditional restaurant where the locals eat in a nearby town.

Day 4 

  • Visit an Artisan Buffalo Mozzarella Farm, located in the countryside of Arce on the banks of the stunning Liri, is an artisan cheese factory. This tour has been specially designed to show the complex stages of production following a traditional mozzarella recipe. You will see the skill involved and the work of miracles to produce this delicious delicacy. Who would have thought you could learn how buffalo mozzarella is made in a morning? Followed by a tasting with a drizzle of local extra virgin olive oil and bread. Mozzarella will never taste the same again!

  • A visit to the stunning hill top of Cassino, here stands the worlds most glorious abbey, Montecassino Abbey a centre of historic culture in Italy. Here St Benedict wrote the Benedictine rule that became the founding principle for Western Monasticism. Today visitors enjoy the glorious ornate interior, and spend hours walking around the courtyard and gardens, with beautiful white doves in the peace garden and spectacular views from the balcony.

  • Light lunch at a selected local restaurant.

  • Back at the hotel for a relax

  • Enjoy a pasta lesson with chef Milly, using a variety of techniques Milly will show you how to create traditional hand made pasta with accompanying sauces.

  • Enjoy your dishes in the dining room with a glass of our biodynamic wine.

Day 5

  • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries, fruits and yoghurts and more)

  • A Trip to Casa Lawrence set in a stunning landscape the charming Villa named after its famous guest DH Lawrence who was so inspired by the landscape he completed his novel here. The owner also makes one of the best Pecorino cheeses in Italy and delicious cured meats to taste with a local variety of Cabernet wine. Casa Lawrence is truly a hidden gem and epitomises what our region is all about.

  • Lunch at Casa Lawrence.

  • A visit to a local vineyard to meet the owners and try some award winning wines.

  • Dinner at Palazzo Tronconi or a recommended traditional restaurant

    Day 6

    Sunday 

  • Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries, fruits and yoghurts)

  • We will take you on a Wine Tour of our own Demeter certified biodynamic Vineyard, and Winery. Marco, oenologist and owner will take you through the wine making process. You will start in the vineyard followed by the winery and finally the most enjoyable part our winery restaurant overlooking the vineyards – a five course organic lunch of local cuisine paired with with the 6 exquisite wines we produce.

  • Back at the hotel time to relax and a stroll into town before dinner at the hotel.

    DAY 7
    • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries, fruits and yoghurts)

    Depart for Rome. We hope you have a lovely stay with us!

Augusto, Artisan Vermouth by Palazzo Tronconi

Label of Love

Label design by Donatella Francati

Label design by Donatella Francati

artisan vermouth

Last month we were very excited to tell you about Augusto, our first artisan vermouth. Made with 70% of our biodynamic wine Fregellae from the grape pampanaro for the base and fortified with 15% our natural grappa Uaddia of Fregellae. We collaborated with local herbalist Valentina Fraioli adding fusions of herbs including absinthe, lemon balm, grand wormwood, sweet fennel, angelica, camellia and gentiana.

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The next step was to design a label, traditionally vermouth labels are very decorative and floral highlighting the botanical element involved in the production of this aromatised, fortified wine. We wanted something strong and bold that had a vintage feel to it. Donatella Francati our designer used a simple colour palette of three colours, highlighting the golden yellow of the herb gentian.

Next step is designing the bottle, what a beautiful process we work to....

 

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Art, Painting and Culture at Palazzo Tronconi, Italy

Michaelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo at the National Gallery, London

Before you visit us this summer take a trip to this groundbreaking exhibition. The exhibition focuses on the extraordinary relationship between the two great Italian masters in Renaissance Rome that sparked a 25 year friendship and partnership. During this period they each produced outstanding works that neither could have  created without each other.

Featuring the loan of Michelangelo"s 'The Risen Christ' from the Church of San Vincenzo Martire in Bassano Romano, Italy.

Enjoy our art history!

15th March - 27th June 2017

 

Palazzo Tronconi's First Biodynamic Sparkling Wine

'Ancestrale'

It seemed fitting that we should name our first sparkling wine 'Ancestrale' after the oldest natural method of sparkling wine production.

Sparkling wine was first produced using this ancient method almost 400 years ago by monks in the monastery of Sainte Hilaire in France. 

It is a technique that is very difficult to control and requires great skill to produce but at Palazzo Tronconi we are hoping for a very unique, natural aromatic wine. 

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For the base wine we chose our unknown grape variety 'pampanaro', the hand picked grapes were harvested earlier than normal to preserve acidity. Part of the must was taken and refrigerated for six months. The remainder was left to complete the wine making process. 

In March we blended the two together here at our winery in Arce,  we bottled on the same day allowing the fermentation process to commence, trapping the CO2 in the bottle. 

Unlike other wine and champagne making methods, no sulphites, yeasts and sugars are added to the secondary fermentation. Using the ancestral method fermentation occurs in the bottle using up much of the remaining natural sugar and yeasts to produce a fresh, dryish and delicious biodynamic sparkling wine. 

We are hoping Ancestrale will be available in October to toast our 2017 harvest. In the meantime we have to allow nature to take it's course.