The 5 best wineries in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany.
When we talk about Italian wines, it’s practically impossible not to remember the magnificent Tuscany. With incredible wineries, the Val d’Orcia area is one of the most outstanding and that’s where we’re heading today, to discover the best wineries in the region. Ready? So come with me! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”.
Italian wines are famous all over the world and one of the regions most celebrated by wine lovers is, without a doubt, Tuscany. It is there that we find the area of the beautiful Val d’Orcia, but which localities does the Valley comprise? Starting in Montalcino and Montepulciano, the Val d’Orcia region is home to the following municipalities: Buonconvento, Castiglione d’Orcia, Pienza, Radicofani, San Giovanni d’Asso, San Quirico d’Orcia and Trequanda, as well as part of Abbadia San Salvatore, Chianciano Terme, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sarteano and Torrita di Siena.
Good to know…
What is a D.O.C. wine? D.O.C wines are those governed by a series of production rules, as well as the area of origin, which must be distinct and precise, and which may include sub-areas that delimit it to a particular location, village, winery or type of vineyard (types of grapes). When you find a label with the word D.O.C. on the label, you can be sure that you will have an official wine that has followed all the recommendations of the consortium that defines rules and standards of excellence to offer the final consumer an impeccable, top quality wine.
In this region, we find two traditional vineyards, typically Tuscan: those of Sangiovese, which offers the raw material for the wonderful red wine, and the vineyards of Trebbiano, which offer us impeccable white wines.
According to the consortium rule, D.O.C. wine is composed of at least 60% Sangiovese and the remaining 40% can be a blend of local grape varieties. On the other hand, dry white wine and Vin Santo – also under the D.O.C. – are composed of at least 50% Trebbiano and the rest by local varieties. Also read: Wine route in Val d’Orcia? Wine tour in Tuscany?
Typical wines of this region
Some of the typical (and famous!) wines of this region are:
- Orcia and Orcia Riserva (with a ruby red color that becomes a dark red with age, it has a fruity aroma, dry flavor, full of flavor and harmonious);
- Bianco d’Orcia (a white wine, which can have a yellowish hue and sometimes a little green, with a delicate, fruity aroma and a dry, well-balanced flavor);
- Orcia Rosè (with a pink tone, which varies between light and a little darker, presents a delicate and fruity fragrance, presenting a dry and fresh flavor);
- Orcia Sangiovese and Orcia Sangiovese Riserva (it is imposing, with a beautiful ruby red tone that becomes even darker with age, its aroma is vinous and can have a fruity background with a cherry or violet scent, offering us a dry flavor and full-bodied);
- Orcia Vin Santo (intense wine, straw yellow in color that can come close to golden or dark amber, giving us an intense and characteristic aroma, a dry flavor, but with sweet notes, velvety on the palate, and soft).
It is impossible not to mention that, in this production area of Orcia D.O.C., we find, of course, two renowned products: Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano. Both are produced at around forty local wineries and are two of the region’s most famous wines.
Now, finally, let’s find out which are the five best wineries in the Val d’Orcia region.
- If you want to participate in the grape harvest, it is good that you know that some wineries offer special packages for tourists, but it is necessary to know that many others close during this same period.
- To avoid ‘mismatches’, check with the company you intend to visit to check the availability of this event BEFORE the visit. Also, make sure to schedule your visit in advance, as several wineries do not receive tourists all year round, and others receive many appointments, that is, it can be difficult to find a little place for you to make your visit at the last minute. Plan it, okay?
- Note: the addresses, opening hours and options for scheduling a visit can be found directly on the websites of the canteens mentioned here (in the link with the company name). Remember that some canteens can change their opening hours according to the seasons, this practice is very common, so I reinforce: plan ahead!
1) The 5 best wineries in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany: PODERI BOSCARELLI
::::Poderi Boscarelli – This is one of the most celebrated wineries in the entire Val d’Orcia area, because it is a family business (and historic!) and is very well located in Montepulciano.
The Poderi Boscarelli winery is located in an important area for the production of Nobile DOCG wine, 300 meters above sea level, in a region that has a perfect climate to promote quality viticulture. Here we can still find several grapes such as Mammolo Canaiolo and Colorino, the international Merlot and Cabernet.
The Boscarelli made here has a production of around 100,000 bottles a year and in this cellar the past is present, as several ancient traditions are maintained to this day. At the end of the visit you can have a tasting (with prices between 10 and 50 euros) of various labels produced there. Tip on which wine to buy there? Boscarelli Prugnolo! Flawless!
2) The 5 best wineries in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany: POGGIO AL VENTO
::::Poggio al Vento – Poggio al Vento grows organic grapes and olives and also works as an agriturismo. The vineyards here are located on top of a 500-meter hill and, of course, offer us magnificent views! The celebrated grape here is Sangiovese, in addition to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
During the winter, Mount Amiata maintains the temperature at acceptable levels, blocking the icy wind, and leaving the region productive throughout the year. The ventilation above the hill is perfect and this favors the prevention of rotting of the grapes, as they do not accumulate moisture and do not suffer from intense heat. Spend a weekend there, you won’t regret it!
3) The 5 best wineries in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany: CAMPOTONDO
::::Campotondo – One of the ‘newest’ canteens in the region, it was founded in 2000, when there was still no winery with a tourist scope in Campiglia d’Orcia, however, there was already a past with the activity of farmers and peasants who left a rich heritage of history and knowledge on site so that the winery could ‘be born’.
Here there is a vivid reminder of traditions that brilliantly passed from generation to generation and created strong ties with the land present there. The opening of the Campotondo canteen meant a rediscovery of a magnificent space, ideal for the production of undisputedly impeccable wines!
4) The 5 best wineries in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany: PODERE FORTE
::::Podere Forte – Another splendid winery that offers impeccable organic products. The winery is located between hills, woods and gorges, its founder was Mr. Pasquale Forte, who, in 1997, decided to invest in the region by founding a company named after him. Passionate about wines, coming from Calabria, he opened the canteen without any pretensions, but with love and passion.
With 168 hectares of land divided into 19 hectares of vineyards, 23 of olive groves and the rest of arable land and woods, since 2011, the property also extends to the area between Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia, where there are 110 hectares of cultivated fields. . Mr. Pasquale has recovered the Valdorcian agricultural and winery tradition and “giving it as a gift to the world”, he delivers to the public three excellent organic, biodynamic and impressive wines: Petrucci Orcia D.O.C., Guardiavigna I.G.T. Toscana, and the e Petruccino Orcia D.O.C.. The annual production of bottles is limited due to the delicate biological and biodynamic process, and the quality is indisputable.
5) The 5 best wineries in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany: TENUTA SANONER
::::Tenuta Sanoner – We finish our list with a very special canteen, Tenuta Sanoner. In one of the most beautiful places in the region, Tenuta presents itself in a simple way, but without losing all its elegance. The traditions of ancient wine productions blend perfectly with all the modernity of biology and biodynamics to offer us memorable wines! The main grape produced here is Sangiovese and its wines, when ready, present themselves in a genuine, original and refined way.
A little observation:
- People, of course this specific area offers us an immense variety of canteens open for visitors. It is even difficult to ‘choose’ the best ones, because any canteen chosen by you, including those that are not on the list, are wonderful and offer us unique, special and very well made products.
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