Your wonderful day exploring the Brunello wine region begins when you are picked up at your hotel and taken on a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside comfortably seated in a luxury vehicle with English-speaking driver. Your first stop will be the charming town of Montalcino, where you can enjoy a nice walk exploring the town’s narrow winding streets filled with artisan food and wine shops. The unspoilt character of the town of Montalcino and the surrounding countryside is impressive, and nowadays rather rare. No visit would be complete without a look at Montalcino’s famous fortezza, the fourteenth-century fortress to which Sienese forces withdrew when Siena was definitively conquered and annexed by Florence in 1555. The view from the ramparts is spectacular. On the ground floor there is a well-stocked wine shop where it is possible to sample Brunello by the glass. A short visit to Sant’Antimo Abbey may also be part of this wonderful day., the Abbey dates back to the 10th century and is where today a small congregation of 7 Benedectine Monks live.
This tour is a must for Wine Lovers, as Montalcino is the land of one of the most famous wines in Italy, “ The Brunello” and for this we will be at your disposal to satisfy your request for the visit of some of the local wineries and of course tastings.
A Bit of Brunello Wine History
Brunello was developed by Ferruccio Biondi Santi a little more than a century ago, and almost immediately drew the attention of connoisseurs for its excellence. Brunello is produced exclusively within the Montalcino territory, and only from Sangiovese Grosso grapes, a Sangiovese clone perfectly suited to local conditions. Before release, Brunello must be aged for four years, at least two of which must be in wooden casks.