Immerse yourself in wine with an extract scent of history at Vignamaggio, a 15th Century villa and winery at the heart of the Chianti Classico region that is shrouded in the myth of the Mona Lisa. Local legend has it the subject of Da Vinci’s seminal painting was born at this very villa, and it is even speculated that it was here that she was immortalized in oil paint against the scenic backdrops of Tuscan hills. Whilst this setting cannot be confirmed, Vignamaggio was the setting for Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 film of Much Ado About Nothing! On a tour of the venue you wander round the enchanting villa and its formal renaissance garden (with many features alluding to Classical Greece and Rome such as statues, a temple like gazebo and a less than reliable sun clock) pretending to be Beatrice, Benedick or Hero, before your guide leads you to the cellars and explains the intricate process of producing Vignamaggio’s variety of wines, including their Merlote, Albaluce rosé Vin Santo, aged Grappa, and of course Chianti Classico DOCG. But these aren’t the only products of Vignamaggio, as they also produce olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cereal, make jam and marmalade from their fruit bushes keep pigs and have a vegetable garden, in a mission to replicate the farm’s self-sufficient past. All the fruits of their labor can be tasted in the restaurant before you can retreat to your beautifully decorated, room/suite, of which they are hoping to have 12 by 2020. We particularly enjoyed staying in their nearby stone farmhouses just a few steps away from the infinity pool with a beautiful view over the Tuscan countryside.