Wine tour Brunello and Nobile wine country
The first of our one-day wine tours will introduce you to selected wine-making estates in the Val d’Orcia area. But first, your driver will take you for a visit to Sant’Antimo, one of the most famous and ancient abbeys in Italy. The Abbey is in the municipality of Montalcino, a hilltop town where Brunello is produced. Brunello is one of the most widely appreciated wines in the world, scoring excellence awards vintage after vintage. You can choose to visit any of the several wine estates in the area: we suggest the Ciacci Piccolomini, Castello Banfi and Poggio Antico wineries, where reservations can be previously arranged on your behalf. At each winery, expert winemakers will welcome you and explain the fascinating world of wine-making. Moving to the Medieval town centre Montalcino for lunch, you may want to to walk the Fortress ramparts to admire the neatly groomed surrounding countryside, while the quaint old streets are lined with wine and craft shops. A relaxing early afternoon drive along scenic routes going through the Valdorcia National Park will take you to Montepulciano, a medieval city whose name is world-known as the home-town of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Here you should not miss a visit to the majestic underground vaults of the Redi cellars, built from existing tuff cave. The steep old streets climbing to the main square are lined with traditional craft workshops specialising in coppersmithing and frame carving. Again, a reservation will be pre-arranged on your behalf to visit some of the wineries where the most appreciated labels of Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano wines are produced: Avignonesi, Il Poliziano, Valdipiatta.