There are over 300 acres of vineyard planted at Castello di Gabbiano mainly of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Canaiolo persuasion. Even better, guests to the vineyard can stay at the castle overnight drinking the wine, touring the property and lounging the day away.
La Festa del Cinghiale is not reviewed in a Zagat restaurant guide; indeed, its location is not retrievable on Google Maps. La Festa is held on the outskirts of the town of Greve; in layman's terms, in the middle of a forest, hidden from the tourist-centric trattorie of Firenze.
Clearly, there is huge demand in the the U.S. market for Italian wine, but at the same time, there is great competition. Debra and Dino Santonastaso, two enthusiastic Italians, have recently begun selecting and exporting wines to the U.S.
We've seen quality improvement in wine over the past few decades, resulting in more and better access to better wines, from virtually all regions. A vast, region-wide example of conscious planning to make better wines is "Chianti 2000."