A Six Hundred Year Old Farm House – Borgo Poneta








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A Six Hundred Year Old Farm House
Borgo Poneta
by Don and Peg Doman

The beautiful wine tasting table at Borgo Poneta.

Jan and Mike found their own adventure by staying home at Pastine, while the rest of us traveled to Assisi. Jan and Mike took a walk to a neighboring hill and stopped in at what looked like an interesting collection of buildings.

The hilltop village with the farm house of Borgo Poneta.They unexpectedly came across the farm house known as Borgo Poneta – www.borgoponeta.it. They talked to Eduardo, one of the family members/owners and set up a time and day for all of us to return and sample Chianti and olive oil. This is a family owned and operated farm and has been for hundreds of years.

When we drove up, two dogs opened their eyes from an afternoon nap and acknowledged our existence. As we emptied out of the van and began chatting and looking around, we were joined by Eduardo, his uncle Salvatory and friend and employee Lorenzo.

The vats and cellar at Borgo Poneta.We visited the wine cellar with vats. The temperature was quite a bit lower there than outside, so I was really happy to stay down there for five or ten minutes. We not only saw the vats, but also storage rooms and old bottles. We were allowed to climb ladders and look into the vats. Most unusual of all, however was an old tunnel used as an escape route from the farm house. Perhaps used to sneak off to other farmhouses and farmer’s daughters, or hide from ancient revenuers, or even to hide partisans during World War II. The mind makes up its own romantic and heroic stories.

This old cart is only part of the agro-museum at Borgo Poneta.Eduardo showed us new equipment and the extent of the property and took us to the old stables, which has been turned into a small agricultural museum. It was interesting to see the old blacksmithing and woodworking tools as well as old photographs of plowing be done by horse and oxen. It was fun looking at the pictures and trying to match them up with the harnesses and yokes in the museum. Unlike most museums this one allowed you to pick up the horse shoes, the planes, the hammers, and the draw knives. This gives you a feel for the equipment and and empathy for the workers as well as relief that you don't have to use these tools in your daily life.

Although he's involved with the family business, Eduardo must feel the same way. He is also a jazz guitarist in his spare time.

Donn is working over some serious thinking.In the tasting room we were served bread and olive oil. We washed it down with excellent Chianti. We all not only loved the olive oil and wine, but the table it was being served on as well.

More than once members of our party remarked that we were drinking perhaps not vast amounts of wine, but we were drinking far more than our normal “a glass here and there . . . with dinner.” No one ever suffered from headaches, nor hangover. This is a fact that we attributed to no additives to the Italian wine. The Chianti just goes down so smoothly.

Lots of talking and laughing in the wine tasting room.

Shortly after sampling, three women joined us in the wine tasting room. They were Americans who were staying at the farm house. They were enjoying side trips much as we were doing. Although two of the women were living further afield now, they announced they were from Seattle. After a few seconds we found that they were really from Federal Way, which is only 12-15 miles from our home town of Tacoma. The women were really happy with their apartments at Borgo Poneta.

We shared travel tid-bits in between laughter and wine. Some of us bought bottles of wine and EVO (extra virgin olive oil). Peg and I arrived home with a bottle of EVO. I think Donn and Debbie arrived with one bottle of EVO and one bottle of Chianti. The rest of the wine disappeared somewhere around Pastine.

The people of Borgo Poneta like almost everyone else we encountered in Tuscany were friendly and helpful. Their hilltop was beautiful and a wonderful place to explore. We found this little slice of heaven just because Jan and Mike took a walk.

The grounds and the museum were wonderful to explore at Borgo Poneta.



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