If you love the history of art and wine then Tuscany’s Vignmaggio Wine Estate is a must. After all, Vignamaggio Wine Estate gave birth to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. There is no doubt that the Vignamaggio Wine Estate is a winery with a fascinating history. In fact the winery dates back to 1404. Mona Lisa was born there in 1479. During our visit to Tuscany we toured this historic property and did a wine tasting. Since we arrived at the end of the day we did not tour the vineyards. It was however, possible to capture a few late day photos of the vineyard and the buildings on the estate. We also toured the winery and did a wine tasting.
My earliest memories of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa date way back. Then later, when I visited the Louve in Paris I got to see Leonardo’s painting of Mona Lisa. During the Louve visit the scale used in the painting of Mona Lisa captured my attention. From my perspective her hands looked out of portion to her body, what huge hands for a small body. No prior photos of Mona Lisa had given me the same experience. It was her smile that always captured my imagination prior to seeing the actual painting. I have since learned that focusing on the hands was an important aspect of the painting.
Now, here I am some years later at the Vignamaggio Wine Estate where Mona Lisa once lived. Whether it was Mona Lisa’s smile, her hands or my visit to Vignamaggio but Mona Lisa came to life for me. There is no doubt that the art history of Vignamaggio is compelling. Art is still an important part of today’s Vignamaggio. Vignamaggio has an ongoing art exhibition for visitors.
After we toured the grounds at Vignamaggio, we visited the impressive wine cellars. These events were followed by a wine tasting. During the wine tasting we discovered more about Vignamaggio’s wines. You can check out Kyle Phillip’s article on Vignamaggio wines, Snooth wine reviews and KLWines review. Some of the other wine bloggers have written about our visit, such as Caroline Henry, Wine Travel Guide and Onne Wan, Winedefender.
In addition to Vignamaggio’s art and wine history the wine estate’s Mona Lisa’s Villa Vignamaggio offers accommodations. You can check it out on Tripadvisor. While we did not have any spa time Vignamaggio does offer spas services at Benessere a Vignamaggio. Put Vignamaggio Wine Estate on your Tuscany travel list. Check out other suggestions for your Tuscany travels in my travel column at the Examiner, or visit me at Spaswinefood.
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