Wine experience in Elba, wine tourism and unspoiled nature for a new way of experiencing one of the most fascinating islands in the Mediterranean
You can arrive in the wildest heart of one of the most fascinating islands in the Mediterranean by following the wine route, capable of transmitting the most intimate flavors of a millenary land lapped and embraced by an intense sea of colors and legend. We are in Elba where the Tenuta delle Ripalte, 450 hectares of which 16 of vineyards overlooking the Mare Nostrum, offers a new way to experience the area and get in touch with nature, traditions, local culture, food and wine. Slow tourism, with special attention to open air sports, for an unforgettable journey to the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, with its 147 kilometers of coastline that emerged from the deep ridge that connected Italy to Corsica.
From the 19th century to the present day
The protagonists are the vineyards that have been recovered and relaunched since 2000, catching the thread of a story that risked getting lost. The story is that of the Swiss entrepreneur Oscar Tobler who at the end of the nineteenth century was captured by the wild beauty of that promontory, at the foot of Mount Calamita, bought it making it a single property, built a magical villa and developed his passion for agriculture. It was in the early 2000s that this vocation was recovered by first re-introducing the vineyard and, in a second phase (2010), the cellar.
Tenuta delle Ripalte extends on the promontory south east of Elba, the wildest and most exciting part of the island, where nature gives the rhythm of the holiday. It is travel and vacation, exploration and relaxation, peace and breathtaking scenery at the same time.
The Tenuta delle Ripalte
You can immerse yourself in fully experiencing the Tenuta, the wine resort of the Vacanze di Charme group, by choosing one of the exclusive accommodation options. Sixteen Italian villas with swimming pools, hotel rooms in the splendid nineteenth-century villa or in the numerous farmhouses recovered and transformed into charming apartments, glamping surrounded by Mediterranean scrub and pine woods for absolute privacy and silence. All immersed in an enveloping green with a wide range of activities: tennis and padel courts, swimming pools, the only riding school on the island for unforgettable horseback riding, bike center and diving center.
The winery dominates the estate, a jewel of Italian art and inventiveness in perfect balance between tradition and innovation. The signature is of the great architect-designer Tobia Scarpa
The other possibility is to reach Tenuta delle Ripalte to experience one of the six proposals in the brand new catalog dedicated to wine tourism.
Six ideas for an author’s wine experience
Wine tasting and visit to the Cantina d’Autore: the tour is enlivened by a wine tasting (divided into three available routes) to combine with the flavors of Tuscan cuisine
Osteria senz’Oste on Elba Island: an aperitif at sunset along the vineyard rows; an equipped clearing is the perfect setting for a romantic moment or with friends, in complete autonomy and isolation, with local wines and food
Aperitif on the Terrace: the cellar offers a vantage point over the sea and a privileged vineyard, all to be experienced with the Sunset Aperitif with Tuscan Flavors Snacks
Ripalte Jeep Tour and, in a version suitable for children, Family Jeep Tour: Off-road adventure along the mule tracks of the Island of Elba, to discover the fauna and flora of the Ripalte. Wine and food tasting to follow.
Aperitif for Sailors: in the VIP Experience segment, we offer this activity exclusively for nautical tourism. After docking at the private dock of our beach, a Jeep picks up guests to let them experience the Wine Experiences
Private Visit to Ripalte with Jeep Tour, Lunch and Beach: even external guests of the Resort can come and discover the Ripalte with this Wine Experience, with a guide dedicated to them, to visit the places and nature during a one-day adventure, with afternoon siesta guaranteed by access to the beach.
An enchanted vessel that cradles the soul
It is the soul that navigates between sea and sky, on the wave of distant flavors and suggestions, in this enchanted vessel made of green and rock. Essence of the Mediterranean. Sunrises, views, sunsets, breathtaking panoramas stop time because they remain forever inside, an indelible refuge of memory that makes you savor the taste with each “return”, reveals new details of an infinite suggestion. Just like a good wine.
Aleatico, from Passito to Rosato
A large part of the production comes from Aleatico grapes, the famous autochthonous blend, at the base of the sweet and complex Passito dell’Elba Docg. And, properly vinified, they give a captivating Rosé and a Brut that represent a uniqueness on Elba. The other vineyards are planted with grape varieties representative of the Mediterranean area: Vermentino and Fiano, Alicante and Carignano. Ripalte winemaker is Piermario Meletti Cavallari, president of the Bolgheri wine roads consortium.
The flavors of a land in wine
The soil of this part of the island is stony and very draining but rich in minerality. The result is a wine with a complex structure and an unmistakable aroma, fruit of the sun that ripens and concentrates it.
The nineteenth-century Villa
At Tenuta delle Ripalte the journey begins from the beautiful nineteenth-century villa. Today it is the hotel of the resort, but you live like a home: no filter to access the assigned rooms and freedom to wander in the common areas on the ground floor, between the living rooms and the dining room “crystallized” in the ancient daily life of the villa . With all its charm. From the large terrace, through the pine forest, only sea and sky and in the distance the islands of Montecristo and Pianosa. The same view enjoyed when you sit down at the table for lunch and dinner. On the menu typical Tuscan cuisine, traditional dishes mixed with international dishes based on fish and meat.
Explorations on horseback
Exploring the island on horseback is one of the experiences to try. The Asd La Bosana Costa dei Gabbiani equestrian center is located within the Tenuta delle Ripalte, which with its technicians and horses is available for those who want to get close to horse riding and visit these unspoiled places. The center, affiliated with the FISE, can be counted on for riding lessons, walks for beginners and more experienced riders, trekking. For the little ones, two ponies are available to get close to the horse and learn through games.
Six beaches for swimming in the sea and greenery
The wide beach of Remaiolo protected from the winds, the dark sand of the Ginepro with a warm temperature even in the cooler seasons, the charm of Calanova that insinuates with its small bay in the Mediterranean scrub, alongside the beach of Istia with a cool pine forest behind where the new sailing center of Tenuta delle Ripalte is located. And again the transparent bottoms of the Buzzancone beach and that of the Sassi Neri with its three coves and small beaches created by the waves between the boulders of the now disused mine.
The dream, the gourmet dinner on the beach of Calanova
You can get there by passing through the estate or by the sea to “conquer” the enchanted location, by the sea, of Simona and Cristophe’s restaurant, on the Calanova beach. Lunches and dinners in the shade of centuries-old cork oaks or passing from the intense colors of the sunset to the Elban night, accompanied by the wines of the Tenuta delle Ripalte. Gourmet theme: fish recipes and Tuscan specialties. An advice? Definitely not to be missed are the “tiramisu” made up of anchovies and the “risotto with black garlic and prawn tartare”, accompanied by the aleatico Rosato.
Prestigious destinations and Ryder Cup 2023, the golf courses on Elba
From Rome to Elba, using train and ferry, it takes less than four hours. It will certainly be one of the prestigious destinations on the occasion of the Ryder Cup, the largest golf event in the world that will take place for the first time in Italy, just outside Rome, in September 2023 at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, where the course is ready and is already a destination for golfers in search of great emotions. Two golf courses are available on the island. The closest to Tenuta delle Ripalte is the Elba Golf Club Acquabona: nine holes in a course among olive trees, eucalyptus trees with the blue sky and sea in the background.
Where Tenuta delle Ripalte is located
Tenuta delle Ripalte is located 9 kilometers from the town of Capoliveri on Monte Calamita. A four-kilometer of white road leads to the heart of the resort in an escape of breathtaking views.