Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio Winery

  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

  • Colleen and Tom in the barrel room where Vigna Lorenzo, vintage 2010, rests in oak.

    Colleen and Tom in the barrel room where Vigna Lorenzo, vintage 2010, rests in oak.

  • We pass by Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio, home of the Fasola-Bolgona Family, on our way to Vigna Lorenzo.

    We pass by Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio, home of the Fasola-Bolgona Family, on our way to Vigna Lorenzo.

  • Some days we meet Francesca and Count Andrea, the family patriarch, on the road past the Castle.

    Some days we meet Francesca and Count Andrea, the family patriarch, on the road past the Castle.

  • We drive through groves of ancient olive trees.

    We drive through groves of ancient olive trees.

  • These trees, one to four hundred years old, produce the finest olive oil. Photo: Tom Bean

    These trees, one to four hundred years old, produce the finest olive oil. Photo: Tom Bean

  • Arriving at Vubia's Gate into the protected piece of paradise, Vigna Lorenzo.

    Arriving at Vubia's Gate into the protected piece of paradise, Vigna Lorenzo.

  • Colleen and Tom show guests their Vine 13, chosen by Lorenzo for them.

    Colleen and Tom show guests their Vine 13, chosen by Lorenzo for them.

  • Lorenzo shares his passionate love for his vines and groves.

    Lorenzo shares his passionate love for his vines and groves.

  • Guests are invited to drive right through the vines!

    Guests are invited to drive right through the vines!

  • Manuela, our hostess, at Vubia's Gate to Vigna Lorenzo.

    Manuela, our hostess, at Vubia's Gate to Vigna Lorenzo.

  • Back at the winery, guests visit the barrel room filled with French oak.

    Back at the winery, guests visit the barrel room filled with French oak.

  • Lorenzo explains the fermentation and aging process to L'Antica Vetreria guests.

    Lorenzo explains the fermentation and aging process to L'Antica Vetreria guests.

  • Laura and Manuela welcome guests to the wine terrace!

    Laura and Manuela welcome guests to the wine terrace!

  • Monte Vibiano Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

    Monte Vibiano Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

  • Guests can purchase what they wish after tasting.

    Guests can purchase what they wish after tasting.

  • Maryam and Lorenzo with the most special bottle of L'Andrea auctioned for charity in London for 55,000 British Pounds!

    Maryam and Lorenzo with the most special bottle of L'Andrea auctioned for charity in London for 55,000 British Pounds!

A WORD FROM OUR GUESTS

  • I don't know if I am a poetic enough writer to do justice writing about this property. Not only is there beauty to the eye in the unique, historical building, in the gorgeous views, and in the sweet village, there is also beauty for the soul in all of these elements. An experience like this is my favorite way to travel: some days my family took day trips to local sites and played tourist; other days we hung around the village, being a part of everyday community life. For the owners of this property, Colleen and Tom, this endeavor is so much more than a business; it is a passion of the heart that is evident in every detail, large and small. They are completely accessible by email, phone, or in person to share their joy and knowledge of the region, the people, and each and every logistical question you can throw their way. I traveled here with my husband and 6-year-old son, and we all found something to enjoy, and we all wished we could stay much, much longer than we were able. I can't imagine not visiting here again.

  • Wonderful accommodation in a working village with REAL Italians and few tourists. A great place to get the feel of the true Umbria away from the tourist spots. Lovely hill top villages to explore when you have had enough of lazing in/by the pool admiring the gorgeous view. No need to cook either as there are a couple of great places to eat in the village. The meat from the village butcher may just tempt you to barbeque on the terrace though as it is superb quality. Colleen and Tom couldn't be kinder and are always around in an unobtrusive way to help with queries. You won't go wrong staying with them!

  • We have been singing praises to everyone who will listen on this side of the Atlantic about our visit to L’Antica Vetreria.  We had a wonderful time in Piegaro and before we even returned to Fiumicino Airport everyone was saying that that they wanted to come back for another visit.   Our stay with you is going down as one of those fantastic vacations that will survive in family lore for many years...and generations... to come. It is a trip that our three granddaughters will be telling their children.

    My wife tells me that whenever she wants to relax, she mentally takes a tour through Piegaro. The butcher, the grocer, Luca’s wonderful meals and pasta sauce, the daily meetings of “the ladies of the Piazza,” Papina's weaving of palm fronds around wine bottles, our stunning tour of the eco-winery Castello Monte Vibiano - followed by lunch at the little family restaurant “down the road” among the farms that we would never have found without Tom’s guidance, Colleen’s fabulous tour of Assisi …and, not to be forgotten, karaoke night in the Piazza. Who knew that a village karaoke night could be so much fun. All of these things stand out in minds, but most of all we remember the warm embrace of the people of Piegaro and warm welcome and assistance that Colleen and Tom gave us throughout our time at the Villa. We all wish that we could hit restart and discover it all over again.

  • A friend and I were travelling throughout Europe this summer and our last week was booked at L'antica Vetreria in Piegaro. We fell in love with L'Antica and the lovely, quiet village. It was the perfect place to spend our last week relaxing and enjoying this beautiful area of Umbria and Tuscany. The owner, Colleen, gave us tours to nearby villages and places of interest that we would never have gone on our own. We also visited some of the more well known tourist towns but the charm was in the places not well known to the tourists. Her knowledge of the area, the culture, people and history made our stay very special. Our room was completely furnished so we shopped at the local stores and cooked several meals in but also favored the local eating establishments that had fantastic food. You must try the Pizza Colleen at Juni's restaurant...I'm sure I'll never have one as good until I can return there. We had a beautiful view from our apartment il Nido of the and valley below and the village square is just a few steps from the entrance. Colleen gave pasta making classes one day to guests which was great fun and the glass factory offered etching classes and we each brought home a treasured piece.. I can't wait to go back. It's not just a place to stay, but Colleen has endeared herself to the local people and because of that, they make you feel welcome and embrace you as part of the village. A great stay, don't miss it.
    Iris Matthewson

  • Thanks, Colleen and Tom, for renovating this lovely building in the charming town of Piegaro. It had everything we were looking for - a pool, a beautiful setting in a lovely town (with groceries and restaurants), and lodgings that are luxurious by European standards. Easily accessible from the Autostrada and within an hour to Orvieto, Siena and Florence, it made a great base for our exploring. I just wish we could have stayed longer!
     

  • It's been a year since we've been there, but the sense memories are so vivid...it feels like a week. Colleen and Tom have created a retreat that's elegant and serene. Twenty times a day we'd witness something so simple and beautiful that we'd stop what we were doing and stare: The view of the valley, the clouds, the town, the birds, the 1000 year old interiors. This is the kind of place that when you're telling your friends about it, you'll say: "Go. Trust us. Just go. Stay as long as you can.

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