Castello di Velona, Resort, Thermal Spa and Winery

Nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, on a spur of rock that towers over the river Orcia, stands the Castle of Velona in clear view. Here, in front of the majestic Mount Amiata and with the scenic view that spans from the Crete Senesi all the way to the high Maremma, this ancient land produces its most precious fruits.

It so happens to be that, from having once been witness to Etruscan settlements, Roman rule, battles between the Republics of Siena and Florence, the Castle of Velona is nowadays, after one thousand years, not only an exclusive Resort but a true cradle of noble wines, the Brunello Di Montalcino.

Marlborough Wine Region, New Zealand Travel Video Guide

According to British Wine Expert Oz Clarke, the Marlborough wine region is ‘one of the the greatest places on earth to grow vines, producing some of the world’s most remarkable wines.’ World renown for it’s Sauvignon Blanc, the region also produces fine Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gew├╝rztraminer, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. I interview Maverick businessman, Peter Yealands who runs Yealands Estate, a 1,000 Hectare winery that has been hailed the most sustainable winery in the world. Yealands has introduced some innovative sustainable practices in their vineyard, such as grazing miniature ‘babydoll’ sheep, instead of using mowing equipment, and developing a biodegradable plastic bottle. I learn about why the Marlborough region produces such fantastic wine and also get Peter’s top three tips for running a successful business.

Camino de Santiago – The Way Film – Part 13

Mark reaches a winery (Bodegas Irache) that offers free wine to passing pilgrims near Estella. He learns an important lesson, the early bird catches the worm :)