Rignana: Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

Sometimes when we travel for work, Alex has lots of vineyard appointments lined up, but we don't always plan where we are going to stay that night! I know this doesn't suit everyone (and we have been a bit lost and ended up in dud roadside motels a few times too.) 

But every now and again you stumble across an old villa on a backroad in the hills - and it is like magic. 

Rignana is one of those places.

From the climbing roses, old stone outsides, wildflowers and THAT POOL (note to self, don't visit in early spring!). Take a tour of the chapel, hike the hills first thing before a hearty breakfast and coffee and wander the grounds and look at how they re-purpose things for furniture and functional things, like gates from wine barrels. 

There's a restaurant on site too, serving the local Tuscan-style steaks and divine salads. If you happen to be around Greve when touring Tuscany, this very simple estate is well worth the visit.