Home of the world-famous Brunello wine, Montalcino is an intriguing medieval hilltop town. Brunello wine is said to be "the king of reds and the red of kings".
Your wonderful day exploring the Brunello wine region begins when you are picked up at your hotel or villa in central Italy and taken on a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside comfortably seated in a luxury vehicle with an English-speaking driver.
Your first stop will be at a Brunello family winery in a lovely location in the countryside of Montalcino where you will taste the amazing Brunello wine and intense extra virgin olive oil the estate produces. You will visit the winery's grounds and the historic cellars.
The next stop is the charming town of Montalcino, where you can enjoy lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant and then explore the town's narrow winding streets filled with artisan food and wind 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 14t century fortress with spectacular views. On the ground floor there is a well-stocked wine shop where it is possible to sample Brunello by the glass.
In the afternoon we will visit a bigger and top-rated Brunello winery. You can compare styles and techniques while learning more about this excellent wine. If there is enough time, we will also visit the wonderful Sant'Antimo Abbey, an ancient Benedictine monastery, well known for Gregorian chants.
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.