Thursday, 2 December 2010

Fattoria La Vialla Organic Italian Farm

Occasionally I get samples through the post from companies asking me to review a product for them. But the parcel that I received from organic Italian farm La Vialla was completely unexpected and totally un-blog-related.

A leaflet for La Vialla dropped out of one of my regular food magazines, and, fuelled with curiosity, I sent off for a catalogue, keen to find out about the authentic Italian food that they produced. The catalogue arrived in the post a few days later, along with a swanky little DVD that showed me the farm where everything is produced, and the people behind this great food. I watched it, flicked through their catalogue and decided to order some nibbles and good pasta for eating over Christmas.

The photographs in the catalogue were so vivid I felt like I could have been in Tuscany with them, gorging on delicious pasta!


Then - nothing. I didn't actually place an order, or get in touch again - until last week when a courier brought this merry little lot to my doorstep....



There was a tiny but beautiful bottle of extra virgin olive oil, a small bottle of "Casa Conforto" Chianti and "Brutti ma Buoni" - four little tiny brown morsels that looked like pieces of dark brown bread but once bitten into, revealed that they were little nutty treats from their wood-burning oven.

The Fattoria La Vialla is an organic, biodynamic farm in Tuscany and is run by three brothers. I love the way they present the food to customers in the real Italian way - fine quality, with a huge feeling of generosity to it. Wines, olives, pasta, sauces and more can all be bought from La Vialla and you can request a catalogue via the La Vialla website.

The cards and catalogues they send all feature smiling, radiant farm workers harvesting grapes, testing the wines or driving around the farm in a bumpy retro white truck. I want to go there. I want to eat their food. I'm going to go and place an order!

16 comments:

  1. Looks lovely. I have requested a catalogue and let them know where I heard about them.

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  2. looks so beautiful I too have requested a catalogue... thanks for the link!

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  3. What a lovely surprise. Think I too will now be requesting a catalogue. Thanks.

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  4. Have just received my Christmas order all lovingly wrapped and packed well. What a great find, will definately be a regular customer.

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  5. I want to order some of their stuff but when I tried to open their order form a message came up on my computer saying it wasn't safe. Has anybody else experienced this? Maybe I'll order by email instead.

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  6. If you have a look on their website you should be able to sign up to receive information. Then with each catalogue comes an order form you can send back with your order. I've not ever tried ordering online so I've never had that message about the order form not being safe.

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  7. We have been shopping from them for about 4 years. I would totaly recomend them. They are fine people to do business with. Their olive oil is just so good.

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  8. Guiditta (Hampshire)29 January 2011 at 20:06

    A friend showed me the catalogue and we decided to place an order together.

    We were not disappointed, from ordering to delivery, to payment everything went smoothly.

    The products were great especially the wine.

    We will definitely order again and am tempted to go and stay there for a holiday.

    Guiditta (Hampshire, England)

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  9. Had three deliveries now and have been excellent. Love the fact that you don't have to pay them until the goods have arrived

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  10. I am so thrilled to read this positive feedback, it gives me the confidence to place an order.

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  11. Fantastic, it's always great to get the opinions of people before who have ordered before, glad you found it useful :)

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  12. Just received my parcel which i ordered through a friend and i am so pleased i now have my own order form so can share with some other friends and definately going to order some things i had ordered a gourmet box and some honey it all came beautifully packed with a service book and complemetary cook book hope this comment is helpful to others.

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  13. After being given a hamper as a Christmas present last year - it was fabulous, we visited the farm this summer whilst in Tuscany on holiday. You can get a guided tour of some of the farm or wander in the grounds yourself. You can taste every-thing in the farm shop before buying and can sit sit outside and have a very reasonable and rustic lunch of meats, cheese, breads various lovely dips.We spent a fortune in the shop on food to take home and to eat during our stay in Italy. The salami flavoured with fennel seeds & percorino cheese are the best I've ever tasted. If you are in Tuscany go there.

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  14. I've ordered from them and my goods are due to arrive any day now. I am extremely looking forward to it all. Does anyone know who the courier is as I was so suprised to see that delivery was at no charge.

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  15. Just received your amazing book celebrating 35 years of La Vialla. Every detail regarding wine and food has been addressed.. I fail to see how anyone could fail to replenish their cupboards and wine stocks from such a wonderful selection I will certainly be doing that in a couple of weeks.

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