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Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio is a very special winery! It is the only winery in the world that is completely “green” and certified as carbon neutral. Powered by sophisticated solar panels, they store energy to run the farm and cantina equipment which is electric. For many generations, the Sereni and Fasola-Bologna family, who come from ancient nobility, have tended the vineyards of the castle. It was the vision of our dear friends, Princess Maria Camilla and her brother, Count Lorenzo-Fasola Bologna, of Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio, to revolutionize the wine industry and not only become “green” but to actually generate carbon credits, by planting trees to absorb any carbon emissions from work in the vineyard, the olive groves and the cantina. Maria Camilla and Lorenzo have created a paradise of pure air with their "360 Degree Green Revolution". The grapes and olives grow in the purest conditions for the highest quality wines and extra-virgin olive oil which are tended and harvested by hand. Watch the video at: Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio
Every Tuesday, Colleen and Tom plan the perfect introduction to Umbria when they accompany guests on a specially designed Eco-Tour at this world famous and very unique winery. Driving through the countryside from Piegaro, we pass castles, hamlets and panoramic views of Perugia and Assisi, on our way to the winery. After our arrival, we get into electric jeeps, passing the family's Castello and through ancient olive groves along the way to the most precious vineyard of the Fasola family, Vigna Lorenzo, that dates to 217 B.C. Colleen explains the history of the vineyard, how the Etruscan lady, Vubia, protected this vineyard with a wall and arched gate, dedicating it to Bacchus. Beyond Vigna Lorenzo we see the Umbrian paradise of rolling hills dotted with the extensive vineyards and olive groves of the Fasola family. Children love to ride in these electric jeeps!
Back at the winery we learn how wine is made, visit the barrel room and then relax on the beautifully designed wine terrace for a free tasting of their four wines (a white, a pure rose and two reds) accompanied by freshly toasted bruschetta drenched in cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil. The winery provides balls for children to play on the vast lawn and also a children's art corner to paint and draw. Our guests have loved this for over nine seasons and declare the jeep ride and tasting the highlight of their visit to Umbria! This tour and tasting is complimentary; free of charge and always will be! Visit here: http://www.montevibiano.it/en/eco-tour