Our itinerary begins in Montalcino, winding through the heart of the historic village, visiting its 13th-century walls, Santo Martini keep, fortress and San Giovanni tower. Brunello di Montalcino is produced in this unparalleled scenery in the Siena countryside, nestled between the pains of Monte Amiata and the forests of the Maremma. The most famous Italian red wine in the world, bestowed with a strong aroma and structured, balanced flavour, is a unique pleasure sip after sip. This elegant wine pairs perfectly with traditional Tuscan cuisine of meat, mushrooms and truffles.
If you decide to visit Montalcino, note that the town hosts Benvenuto Brunello in the winter, an event that offers journalists, experts and curious wine lovers the chance to taste local wines.
With a glass of Brunello in one hand and a plate of local cheeses in theother, you’ll be ready to continue on to the next stop: Montepulciano!
The trip continues to Montepulciano, in the Siena Val di Chiana. In the village, you’ll see imposing, Renaissance buildings, artisan workshops and churches as well as breath-taking, natural “terraces”. The historic centre of Montepulciano, piazza Grande, is home to the town hall and, across from it, the 16th-century cathedral.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made in this area, one of the most popular Tuscan wines in the world. For this reason, we suggest organizing a visit to a few vineyards and going on a food and wine tour.
The next stop on our itinerary brings us to the Chianti, or better yet, to the area where Chianti Classico is produced. This exquisite wine is only made in a few municipalities (Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Barberino, Tavarnelle, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Poggibonsi and San Casciano in Val di Pesa).
Head to Greve in Chianti, with its unmistakable piazza. In addition to palazzi and shops, you will find several restaurants where you can taste the “king” of the table, Chianti Classico. Between visits to castles, historic abbeys and monasteries, stop by some wineries to enjoy a glass of “Gallo Nero”.