World-class wine and art at Tuscany’s Castello di Ama

Site-specific works by renowned artists have included Anish Kapoor and Hiroshi Sugimoto

 A bedroom at the Castello di Ama, where the wine and art are both world‑class
A bedroom at the Castello di Ama, where the wine and art are both world‑class | Image: Alessandro Moggi

For the past 35 years, Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti have produced award-winning wines from the restored 18th-century borgo of Ama, in the heart of Tuscany’s Chianti region. For the past 15, they have invited artists of global renown – Hiroshi Sugimoto, Anish Kapoor and Michelangelo Pistoletto among them – to create site-specific works across their estate. So as a guest of Castello di Ama (castellodiama.com; from €240), you have access to libations and art that are both world-class. My last visit – to admire Sugimoto’s extraordinary sculpture, sample the seasonal menu at Il Ristoro (Ama’s restaurant, presided over by the Sebasti-Pallanti family chef) and see the new suites in Villa Pianigiani, one of two grand houses nestled into the ancient borgo – reminded me that small is beautiful; art in context is the most interesting art; and Chianti, evermore sophisticated, deserves revisiting.

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