Siena - Montalcino Wine TourOn Tuesdays and Fridays from March until November
Brunello di Montalcino has become one of the handful of DOC wines hunted by wine collectors, because its depth of flafor and tongue-curling tannins give it the potential to age for decade. The lighter-styled Rosso di Montalcino, sort of a younger, "declassified" Brunello, was created so people could drink a more immediately accessible Montalcino to age; DOCG law requires a minimum of four years before Brunello can go on the market. Check the available date !
This is the program
- 9.00 a.m. 9.00 a.m. Departure from Florence ( On request pick-up in Siena at around 10.15 am )
- 11.00 a.m. Arrival at Montalcino and visit to the first winery, where you can meet the wine grower who will show you the techniques of viticulture. Wine tasting.
- 01.00 p.m. Light lunch at the local restaurant or in a winery.
- 02.45 p.m. Driving along the hills where you can see the different type of vineyard.
- 03.30 p.m. Visit to the second winery, where you can visit the cellar and in the end you have a wine tasting.
- 04.30 p.m. Return to Florence at approx. 6 p.m.
Price is 145,00 Eur per person
- 2 winery visit along with wine tasting
- delicious Tuscan lunch in a local restaurant
- visit a medieval hill top town
I randomly chose Italy and Wine run by Vittorio Del Bono Venezze online for a Brunello tour this August, and was very pleased with the tour and what I learned during it. Vittorio's knowledge of Tuscan wines is tremendous, and he spent much of the drive between Florence and Montalcino providing a very helpful education us about Italy's classification system and on the various wines we would encounter in Italy generally.
The two Brunello vineyards selected by Vittorio were both very good, but their differences in terms of setting, approach and philosophy on winemaking made for a particularly interesting tour. The first - Casanova dei Neri - was fairly large and has an interesting new building built into a small hillside, rendering it nearly invisible from the road. This winery has produced numerous top-ranked and award-winning Brunellos, and the facility employs both modern and traditional techniques and tools to produce these great wines.
The second, called Giacomo, was tiny, producing only 8,000 or so bottles per year, including just several dozen bottles of grappa. All of its wines are organic. This winery does not export to the United States, so I feel we were given a very rare opportunity to try and buy this wine. The owner/enologist himself led us through the tasting, and his passion for the wines was infectious - he actually poured a glass of his future 2007 Brunello for each of us straight from the vat (and it was wonderful!).
Lunch at a trattoria serving traditional Tuscan foods was also fantastic - one of the best meals I had in Italy this summer.
I really enjoyed this trip, and highly recommend Italy and Wine.
Jennifer Babcock, Washington, USA
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