Podere Il Casale cheese farm tour and lunch

Between the hill towns of Montichiello & Pienza in Tuscany is this farm run by a Swiss couple.  They have sheep, goats, gardens, pigs, donkeys, bees, campgrounds, a restaurant, wifi and a big cheese-making business…the cheese may be their best product (for them and for us).  We had lunch overlooking that view (group photo from yesterday).

goat and sheep cheeses plus their own honeys
goat and sheep cheeses plus their own honeys.
Ulyssa and Sandra work year-round here.  They are both gregarious and very accomplished tour-givers as well as hard-working farmers.

They have been learning farming for 25 years here.
They have been learning farming for 25 years here.

Different ages of cheeses bottom newer; top older.
Different ages of cheeses bottom newer; top older.
First, they served a salad course…a make-it-yourself version with fresh everything plus sauces they made, too.

they do it all on the property; 200 acres.
they do it all on the property; 200 acres.
Then the cheese tray (seen above)…and wine of course…wine made from their grapes.

We headed home to the Villa for a cooked-by-the-inmates dinner.

Sunday to Orvieto, a larger hill town in Umbria…back toward Rome.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 10-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids. Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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