Spend a special day of leisurely wandering among vineyards and wine cellars after your English-speaking driver comes to get you at your place of stay. You will be off to Montepulciano, a particularly well-preserved hilltop town in one of Tuscany's most enchanted landscapes: the Orcia Valley.
During your stroll around the town you will visit one of the ancient vaulted town cellars where the wine maker will show you the structure of the company and taste some very good wines. You will also have the chance to visit the lovely little town that still retains its medieval and Renaissance structure, with square and streets rich with wine bars and craft shops.
By now it is lunch time and you will have time to sit and relax in beautiful cellars, located in a spectacular area in the surrounding countryside where you will have a great lunch served by the winery itself accompanied by the wine tasting, all with stupendous views of the vineyards of Nobile and of the town of Montepulciano.
Nestled on a hilltop between the Val D'Orcia and Montalcino, lovely Montepulciano is known worldwide for its wonderful Tuscan red wines: in the 17th century it was crowned by many as "the king of Tuscan wines", and because the nobility eagerly sought it out, it became known as 'noble' and 'aristocratic' wine, hence the name.
However, as early as in Roman times, the Gauls were known to have travelled all the way to Montepulciano to drink the excellent red wines produced in the area. In 1980, having gained the DOCG status, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano acquired its worldwide fame.
The main variety used for the Nobile is prugnolo gentile (at least 70%), a clonal section of Sangiovese Grosso, a grape used in all red Tuscan wines. Other varieties used are Canaiolo nero, Malvasia, Merlot, Trebbiano Toscano, Pulinculo and Mammolo.