Your first stop will be in a cutting-edge Brunello winery where you will taste amazing Brunello wines and sample the spicy, intense extra-virgin olive oil produced on this estate. You will visit the winery's grounds and their historic cellars, and will be led through a guided wine-tasting of these wonderful red wines by a resident English-speaking winery expert.
Your private full-day tour continues with a brief visit to the charming town of Montalcino, where you can enjoy lunch in a delicious Tuscan restaurant and have time to explore the town's narrow, winding streets filled with artisan gourmet food and wine shops specializing in the sale of excellent red Brunello di Montalcino wines. Montalcino's pristine nature, extending to the surrounding countryside, is impressive and a rare find these days. No visit to this delightful Tuscan town would be complete without a closer look at Montalcino's famous fortezza, the 14th-century structure where Sienese armed forces withdrew when Florence annexed Siena in 1555. The view from the ramparts is spectacular, while the ground floor hosts a well-stocked wine shop with the delicious red Brunello wine available for tastings by the glass.
Your full-day private wine tour continues with an afternoon visit to another top-rated Brunello winery. You can compare styles and techniques while learning more about this excellent red wine. Time allowing, you can also schedule a short visit to Sant'Antimo Abbey during your food and wine experience in Tuscany.
This wine tasting tour works perfectly with a Florence or Siena (or thereabouts) departure point.
A Bit of Brunello Wine History
Brunello wine was developed by Ferruccio Biondi Santi just over a century ago, and almost immediately received endorsement from seasoned connoisseurs for its excellence. Brunello is produced exclusively within the Montalcino territory, and created using only Sangioveto Grosso grapes, a Sangiovese clone perfectly suited to the local conditions. Prior to its release, Brunello must be aged for four years, at least two of which must be inside wooden casks.