Rimini beaches may be Europe's busiest, but just a few kilometers inland, lie the farms and vineyards of the most important agricultural center of the province. Here, nestled in the gently rolling hills stretching down from the rocky outcropping of San Marino to the sea, are the vineyards and olive groves of Tenuta Santini.
A wine-tasting with Enrico Santini is like an afternoon with your new best friend: welcoming, informal, full of laughter and with tasty bites from local meat and cheese producers to accompany the wines.
At Tenuta Santini, admire the scenery and enjoy the company of your genial host. Relax into the cluttered farmhouse ambiance of the tasting gallery (in a former barn, its walls lined with art) Try Sangiovese on its own, and as an award-winning blend.
Enrico, leading the third generation of his family of vintners, insists he is a winemaker, not a sommelier. He has worked hard to develop the wines produced here, and is happy to share his knowledge and experience. If you are keen to know how the Romagna edition of a good Sangiovese is made, and how it differs from its better known Tuscan cousin, a tasting with Enrico at Tenuta Santini is a good place to start.
I first tried Santini wines at a party in Rimini, and liked them at first sip. After my visit to Tenuta Santini, I'm even more of a fan!
PS The estate offers "l'aggriturismo" accommodations with self-catering kitchens, a swimming pool, and a rooftop terrace with a great view of hilly vineyards.