In 1962, giorgio lungarotti founded Cantine Lungarotti in Torgiano, a small town 10 miles from Umbria’s capital, Perugia. At the time, the province of Umbria in central Italy was not as well known for its wines as Tuscany, its neighbor to the west, but Giorgio Lungarotti was determined to change that. And change it he did.
Six years after establishing his winery, his Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano became one of the first wines to receive a DOC, Italy’s official guarantee of a wine’s origin and merit of quality. Rubesco became Lungarotti’s flagship wine. Made of Sangiovese with 30 percent Canaiolo grapes, Rubesco is an easy drinking red wine of medium body with ripe berries and a bit of spice in its aroma. You’ll find it priced at around $15.
Leaping up in price is Rubesco Riserva, Vigna Monticchio, which generally sells for $45. A deepcolored, intense wine of great concentration, it has a mix of spice and fruit in its bouquet. But there is no mix in its grapes; all its Sangiovese and Canaiolo come from a single vineyard, Monticchio.
Still higher up the quality/price ladder is San Giorgio, a wine made half of Umbria’s traditional grapes, Sangiovese and Canaiolo, half of Cabernet Sauvignon. First produced in 1977 and bearing Giorgio’s signature in the glass, it is elegant, of great complexity, extremely well-balanced, well-structured and full-bodied. It is priced at about $55.
In the course of three decades, Giorgio built Lungarotti into one of the most prestigious wineries not only in Umbria, but in all of Italy. Upon his death in 1999, his daughter Chiara became the winery’s managing director at the age of 27, and with her youthful ideas and innovations she has guided the winery on a path that intertwines tradition with modernity. Chiara’s sister, Teresa Severini, is the company’s winemaker and export director.
Among the other wines in the Lungarotti collection is the moderately priced Torre Di Giano (about $14), a fresh, light, white wine with a perfume of flowers and green apple meant to be drunk young. Another affordable selection is Lungarotti’s flavorful, crisp Pinot Grigio (about $15), the first of this varietal in Umbria, with a hint of tropical fruits and mint. And there are many more.
All this now, and the sisters have just begun.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.