A vineyard in Tuscany

I’ve titled this text like this because, as well as being poetic, it’s a phrase that fits perfectly in this context: a vineyard in Tuscany, owned by a Brazilian who makes wine in Italy.

Nick Salussolia and his lovely wife Nice own the Luminosità winery and the villa where they stay, Villa Due SS, in the heart of Tuscany, between San Gimignano and Volterra.

The cypress trees at the entrance to the property welcome visitors.

Son of immigrants

Nick is the son of Italian immigrants who arrived in Brazil at the beginning of the last century from Piedmont and Bologna.

His passion for wine led him to Tuscany. There he found the property where he now spends six months a year with his wife, receiving friends and clients, making (and drinking) his wines.

A beautiful vineyard with a mix of grapes: Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Obviously it took many years, more than a decade, of hard work there. The property was acquired and remodelled little by little, with a lot of sweat and dedication on the part of the couple.

Nick and Nice studied everything together and got down to work, both in the vineyard and in the production of the wines in the cantina, but also in the remodelling of the three houses. Nice, in particular, has decorated them brilliantly; they all have top-notch equipment and a lot of charm, combining particular details of old Tuscan houses with the comforts and facilities of modern life.

Double bedroom in the main house of Villa Due SS.


The couple’s boutique winery excels in the final quality of its wine. Luminositá currently produces between 18 and 20 thousand bottles a year of its three different labels: Podere Scaparzi (Sangiovese and Merlot), AluSSinante (Sangiovese, Best and Cabernet Franc, with 12 months in barrel) and InSSieme (Sangiovese, Best and Cabernet Franc, with 16 months in barrel).

Careful and continuous work to pick the perfect grapes for your wines

I was there to meet them, to get to know the property so I could recommend it to my clients, and also to taste their wines.

What a treat! A delightful welcome, a delightful place, with marvellous wines.

Brazilians welcome and make good wines in Tuscany. I recommend it!

Cyntia Braga


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