Winner of Photo Contest 2014 now at Ancora!

Winner of Photo Contest 2014 at Ancora del Chianti

Winner of Photo Contest 2014 at Ancora del Chianti

What a pleasure welcoming Alexandre with Louise from Lyon (F), our talented winner of Photo Contest 2014 during his complimentary stay at Ancora del Chianti B&B!

During his first visit in Tuscany of last year, he used to have breakfast on the terrace and leave home with all the equipment for open air landscape painting: tripode, chair and colours! He was all over in Tuscany and painted and sketched impressive sceneries of Chianti, Florence, Siena and Colle Val d’Elsa and San Gimignano choosing different time of the day for special light effects. He was able to experiment the whole range of Tuscan famous landscape in summer: hilltowns and buildings, vineyards, sunflower fields and forests with easy daytrips from the B&B. He really experienced how a painting holiday in Tuscany can be overwhelming and…. his beautiful artworks can testify.

This time he brought a super special gift from home: a painting he did last year during his first stay as sketch and he has been working on during springtime.  Now it is a beautiful painting of Santo Stefano in Campoli Church near Quattro Strade on the way to San Casciano Val di Pesa. I love the quick yet precise strokes and brown / burgundy shades. It is now in the reception for everybody to admire…and for my everyday delight!

Alex, Louise with Alessandra

Alex, Louise with Alessandra in front of the studio

We all thank Alexandre for his talent and generosity and find him here with Alessandra in the sun light right in front of the studio while having breakfast on the panoramic terrace.

Waiting for you to admire all this by real at Ancora del Chianti B&B !

BOOK NOW your holidays in Tuscany and you too can partecipate to the Photo and Video Contest 2015!

Audaces iuvat fortuna! Fortune favours the bond!

Photo & Video Contest 2015

Colle Val D’Elsa, Tuscany. Photo by Alexandre (F), Photo Contest Winner 2014

Ancora del Chianti B&B is proud to launch
the NEW CONTEST for 2015
for PHOTOS and VIDEOS

Will YOU be the next winner? …why not!

It’s easy: come for a visit and follow the instructions!

Regulation for 2015:
Submitted photos and videos must recreate/explain the “Perfect Moment” of your holiday in Tuscany during your stay at Ancora del Chianti or your moment of fun. We offer 2 complementary nights at our B&B to the winner, valid within season 2016. Entry is free and all levels of expertise are welcome. We only require a formal releasing that by entering the competition you agree to allow us to use the photos on our blog, FB page and website and in promotional or commercial material of any kind with full name and full address. Photos must be sent in JPG format to info@ancoradelchianti.it and as the videos, must arrive within Nov 8 2015 with the formal releasing.

GOOD LUCK!

Regolamento 2015:
Le foto e i video inviati devono rappresentare/descrivere il “Momento Perfetto” durante le vostre vacanze in Toscana all’Ancora del Chianti o un momento divertente. Al vincitore offriamo 2 notti gratuite presso il bed and breakfast entro il 2016. La partecipazione è gratuita e aperta a tutti previa liberatoria formale nella quale si autorizza alla eventuale pubblicazione sui nostri siti e all’eventuale utilizzo delle foto per fini promozionali e/o commerciali con il nome completo, indirizzo e telefono. Foto da inviare in formato JPG a info@ancoradelchianti.it e i video sono da inviare entro il 8 Novembre 2015 insieme alla liberatoria .

BUONA FORTUNA!

See here all the Entries to previous editions

Qui tutte le Foto delle passate edizioni

Christmas Greetings from Tuscany

Xmas Cookies from  Ancora del Chianti B&B in Tuscany

Xmas Cookies from Ancora del Chianti – Tuscany B&B

Winter time is a busy moment at Ancora del Chianti B&B
for our young pastry chefs Spartaco and Cesare.

Here they want to share their recipe for Christmas Cookies 2014,

WITH ALL GOOD WISHES FOR
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

                     Spartaco Cesare  the patissiers

                                 Laura Filippo, the official tasters  : )

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RECIPE for 2014 CHRISTMAS COOKIES by Spartaco and Cesare

Xmas Cookies 2014 Recipe

Xmas Cookies 2014 Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

200g Brown Sugar
180g Butter
Salt – a pinch

2 Eggs

500g Flour – sifted
Vainilla Extract
1 teaspoon Soda

100g Chocolate chips

 

 

PREPARATION:

Heat the butter and mix the ingredients following blocks and order kneading.

Xmas Cookies 2014 moulding

Xmas Cookies 2014 moulding

 

Prepare 3 rolls and make it rest in the fridge for 30 min.

Remove the dough from the fridge, knead it until easy to handle and make it flat. Then roll it out with a rolling pin.

 

Preparing cookies with Xmas moulds

Christmas cookies ready for the oven

 

 

 

 

Now….. take your favourite Xmas moulds and..have fun!

 

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Prepare a oven tray with baking paper.

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!

 

 

 

 

 

Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, until light hazelnut coloured.

 

Resting on a wire trivet

Resting on a wire trivet

 

 

 

 

Make them rest and cool down on a wire trivet.

 

 

 

 

 

PACKAGING

Lovely and simple packaging for a gift, giveaway or placeholder on YOUR Christmas Table as in our case, the biscuits will not last for so long, I believe… : )

Original Christmas Placeholder and Giveaways

Original Christmas Placeholder and Giveaways

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See you at Ancora del Chianti B&B from March 2015!

Relaxing Afternoon at Ancora del Chianti

Relaxing Afternoon admiring Tuscan hills at Ancora del Chianti

Laura and Filippo are waiting for you with pleasure starting from March 2015!

We thank all our guests and friends for sharing their holidays with us this year.
Meet them on our FB page and read here their reports.

We wish you all a colourful autumn and hope to welcome you (again) next year!

ARRIVEDERCI A TUTTI!

Grape Harvest 2014 at Ancora del Chianti

From the very morning our heroes, Filippo, Spartaco and Cesare start to pick up the grape in the vineyard at Ancora del Chianti B&B. Everybody has a pair of scissor, a bucket and…. good will to succeed in the mission of today: to pick up the grape, process the grapes and put the must in the barrel. But luckly they are not alone….

Filippo, Spartaco and Cesare vendiammano all'Ancora del Chianti

Filippo, Spartaco and Cesare harvest the grape at Ancora del Chianti

Già dal primo mattino i nostri eroi, Filippo, Spartaco e Cesare cominciano a cogliere l’uva in vigna all’Ancora del Chianti B&B. Ognuno di loro ha un paio di forbici, un secchio e…. tanta buona volontà per riuscire nella missione di oggi: cogliere l’uva, pigiare i grappoli e mettere il mosto nel tino. Ma fortunatamente non sono soli….

...as later family and friends come to help. Here Leonardo, the uncle, helping Cesare to jump higher and fill the big bucket. The whole day is a good occasion for working, playing together and ….good jokes and laughs!

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Uncle Leonardo and Jumping Cesare

…infatti più tardi arrivano amici e parenti per aiutare. Qui lo zio Leonardo che aiuta Cesare a saltare più in alto per riempire la bigoncia. L’intera giornata è un’occasione per lavorare insieme o giocare e…fare scherzi e divertirsi!

At lunchtime everybody come to the terrace and take a seat together with our world famous “Salsicce e Fagioli” – beans and sausages together with wonderful Chianti Wine from 2012. This is the moment for sharing and enjoying the company, the wine, the food, the sun and …a bit of a rest!!

Lunchtime on the Harvest Day 2015

Lunchtime on the Harvest Day 2015

All’ora di pranzo tutti convergono sul terrazzo e prendono posto a sedere insieme alle nostre famose “Salsicce con Fagioli” e con il poderoso Vino Chianti 2012. Questo è il momento per goderci la compagnia, il cibo, il vino, il sole e…riposarsi un pò!!

At the end of the meal Filippo, the winemaker, has a surprise for everybody, offering the official T-shirt to all the team and thanking personnally every single grape picker for their specific help and support with presentation and praise .

 

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Filippo, the winemaker, thanks personally the grape pickers

Alla fine del pranzo, Filippo, il vignaiolo, fa una sorpresa a tutti offrendo la maglietta ufficiale a tutto il gruppo e ringraziando personalmnte ogni singolo vignaiolo per l’aiuto e il supporto specifico con presentazione e elogio di merito.

Here the whole group with the Tshirt and everybody is so proud and honored to be part of the Ancora del Chianti Legendary Grape Picker Team and look forward to partecipate to the Grape Harvest 2015. Waiting for you as well….!!

Ancora del Chianti Legendary Grape Pickers - Harvest 2015

Ancora del Chianti Legendary Grape Pickers Team – Harvest 2015

Qui tutto il gruppo con la maglietta e tutti sono così orgogliosi e onorati di far parte del Gruppo Storico Vendemmiatori Ancora del Chianti che non vedono l’ora di partecipare alla Vendemmia 2015. Aspettiamo anche voi…!!

More Pictures about Our Life in Chianti

Altre foto sulla Nostra Vita in Chianti