For a really authentic gourmet present this Christmas, head to flavialla.it, the charming website site of an Italian food producer, who ships traditional Italian goodies direct to the UK, packaged up delightfully in blue star-strewn gift boxes.
Fattoria La Vialla is based in Tuscany and is a family run business that produces sustainable, biodynamic and traditional Italian wines and food. It's worth watching some of the videos
to get a flavour of what goes on at La Vialla, whether it’s the olive harvest, the grape festival or La Vialla’s own pecorino cheese-making.
In order to browse the range of delicacies and wines on offer, you need to register
first. This might seem tiresome, but takes minutes and is most definitely worth it as, once you’ve registered, you can start leafing through the hand-written, book-style catalogues online. These work particularly well on the iPad, offering insights into everything from nonna’s recipes to advice on how to cook pasta the Italian way.
WHAT’S ON OFFER
Hampers filled with Tuscan food and wine include olives and olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, pasta, sauces, La Vialla’s own pecorino cheese while Christmas delicacies include salami and cantuccini biscuits – ideal for dipping into Vin Santo, a traditional Italian dessert wine.
Hampers start at £32, rising to £280 for the bumper hamper - basically the whole farm in a basket. La Vialla’s year book, Il Librone 2012, is included in all gift packs priced over £32 and includes recipes, a guide to the region, the best walks and where to find good places to eat and it won’t be long before you’re booking a holiday to the region, or perhaps even moving there for good....
HOW TO ORDER
To order, simply log in to your account to access the order form, then scroll through products to add them to your basket. Payment can be made via international transfer or credit card.
Delivery in the UK for hamper orders over £75.00 is free. Any order under £75 will incur a £7.25 shipping cost. Please note that the last date for Christmas shipping is Wednesday 5th December. Customers can track delivery status online.
And... Buon Apetito.