This lot benefits: Emerald Coast Autism Center
Did you know that Emerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC) serves 90 students, full and part-time, with approximately 60% of the student population from military families? Supported by DCWAF since 2011, ECAC recently opened a new facility on the campus of Northwest Florida State College that allows them to offer their students one-on-one, ABA therapy. This lot is a DCWAF favorite and has been enjoyed and endorsed by dozens of auction patrons.
Five couples will enjoy seven nights under the Tuscan sun on this wine-centric excursion to the Italian countryside. Wine lovers will find much to appreciate at Villa Montepulciano. Located on an Italian estate that still produces boutique wines and olive oils, the villa offers guests the chance to taste wines grown just beyond the door.
Built in the 1850s, Villa Montepulciano was recently restored to provide modern comforts while respecting its rustic past. The villa has five bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms, and features panoramic views of the Italian countryside. It also includes a private pool, outdoor dining area, and barbeque.
Enjoy a five-course traditional Tuscan dinner at the villa with wonderful wine pairings for each course. Dinner will be prepared from scratch by a local, professional chef using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Meet Maurizio Dal Pino, the owner of the estate, for a tour of the vineyard and a private tasting of his wines grown on the property. Maurizio will also provide a wine tasting of different Montepulciano regional wines.
Embark from the villa on a wine tour with Maurizio Dal Pino as your guide and transportation for the day. Your first stop is an exclusive tour of Fanti San Filippo winery in Montalcino complete with a five-course lunch paired with Brunello wines. After lunch, Maurizio will guide you to another winery in Montepulciano where you will taste the best of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, along with the full range of wines provided by that winery. Your guide will also illustrate differences in the way wines are produced in Montalcino and Montepulciano, as well as the differences between the winemaking in Tuscany, France, and California.
This lot includes:
- Seven (7) night stay for five (5) couples in Villa Montepulciano, a five (5) bedroom, five (5) en-suite bath private home in Tuscany
- Private five-course chef dinner with wine in the villa for ten (10) people
- Private wine tasting for ten (10) at the villa including a vineyard tour with estate owner Maurizio Dal Pino
- Full day, private tour of two (2) local wineries and lunch for 10 (ten) people
- Walking tour of Montepulciano for ten (10) people
- Handmade pizza dinner in the villa on the final night for ten (10) people
Based on mutually agreeable dates and subject to availability. Expires April 30, 2019.