Wine route in Val d’Orcia? Wine tour in Tuscany?
When you think of Tuscany, the collective imagination idealizes green fields, vineyards and hills, and it really exists and it is in the heart of Tuscany, more precisely in the Val d’Orcia, which extends from the hills of southern Siena to Amiata Hill. Let’s read our post of the day: Wine route in Val d’Orcia? Wine tour in Tuscany? 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!”
The area is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and provides a journey in which it becomes an unparalleled experience that involves all the senses: we will fill our eyes with intense colors of earth, then sit back and enjoy a good glass of Brunello, breathe the fresh air without haste and admire the many villages in this territory. Also read: What are the types of italian wines?
We will discover these hills covered with dense vegetation of vineyards, olive groves, cypresses, beeches and chestnut trees, modified by old inhabitants with houses and fortresses, rural and medieval, towers, etc; all of this is spread out in the isolated and tranquil nature of the place: this is the scenario that presents itself to the visitor of Val d’Orcia, a charming place, as if it were a portrait made by teachers from the school of Siena. Discover here the five must-see castles in Tuscany!
One of the most famous wines in the world…
The richness and variety of the landscape are not the only elements that characterize this virgin territory, in fact, one of the strengths of this place are the food and the production of wine, with one of the most famous wines in the world: the Brunello di Montalcino. To get to know and appreciate not only wine, but also all the other products in the region, the best advice is certainly to stop and visit all the cities of Val d’Orcia, and their individual producers, which are full of cultural and enogastronomic attractions. Find out here The ten must-see Agrotourism in Tuscany!
Important to Know
- DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Be aware that Italian laws are strict and the most important thing is to preserve your life and the lives of others around you.
1) Wine route in Val d’Orcia? Wine tour in Tuscany? THE WINES OF THIS REGION
Have fun exploring the wineries, farms, bars and restaurants. Let yourself be dominated by the tastes and flavors of these places and don’t be afraid to get lost in these dream places. It is an almost surreal land, but one that also gave rise to the most precious and appreciated Italian wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Orcia Rosso (Red), and other fabulous wines with the DOCG certificate (Designation of origin and guaranteed).
What is “Valdorciana” Wine Production?
“Valdorciana” Wine Production is expressed in a very heterogeneous territory and, therefore, with a wide selection of wines, mainly reds, reaching the peak of its tradition in Montalcino, where the vineyard, the land and the man are connected by a culture of more than a thousand years.
Tuscany, in fact, is the birthplace of some of the best Italian red wines, known and appreciated around the world. Just remember Chianti Classico, Nobile di Montepulciano, with the Sangiovese grape as a base, but also for Supertuscan (obtained from non-local grapes, such as Cabernet and Merlot) Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia, to name some. Among them, the Brunello di Montalcino stands out, undoubtedly, an intense and long-lasting wine, which takes its name from a city located in south of Siena, which, with a mountainous landscape of great history and beauty, entered the UNESCO list as a World Heritage Site in 2004
What is Brunello di Montalcino?
It is the most famous Italian red wine. It is Tuscan and is produced in Val d’Orcia. It is made from Sangiovese grapes grown in Montalcino, where this type of grape finds its ideal climate. It is aged for four years in oak barrels and in the bottle, and is a wine suitable for long aging. Montalcino is not just about wine, the streets and alleys of the small village are very unique and really charming. The Historic Center is dominated by the 1361 fortress and its walls, which offer a fabulous view of the Val d’Orcia to the hills of Tuscany. There are very few other places that impress tourists as deeply as this piece of territory.
What is the Nobile di Montepulciano?
Another wine to savor and taste is the Nobile di Montepulciano. We then go to Montepulciano to see its majestic Renaissance buildings and the elegant beauty of its churches, and to hear the stories of the Wine Nobile di Montepulciano, which has become a symbol of the city. Montepulciano and its wines are synonymous with quality and excellence in the world of enogastronomy. A path, that not only traces the best wineries where we can enjoy in all its delicacy, but it is also a way of living in a territory where flavors, art, culture and tradition are the protagonists.
The city is at the top of a hill, completely surrounded by the city walls. Time seems to have stopped there and the monuments are well maintained. We suggest you to visit – in addition to the canteens – the Town Hall, Piazza Grande, (Great Square – open Monday to Saturday) from whose tower you can have a breathtaking view; also visit the Duomo, Piazza Sant’Agostino (Sant’Agostino Square) and Michelozzo.
What is Orcia DOC Rosso?
As mentioned earlier, Val d’Orcia is an area rich in many productions and, in particular, productions of mostly red wines, of high level; we ended the tour getting to know Rosso Orcia. One of the most interesting characteristics of this area is the fact that it offers a pedoclimatic variety that you cannot be indifferent to; you will rarely find elsewhere, this explains why there is such a wide choice of wines with the denomination Orcia.
In relation to this interesting Tuscan red wine, Orcia DOC Rosso, it should be noted that it is, in reality, a product of winemaking of grapes from Sangiovese vineyards, which must be present inside the mixture, for a percentage that can never be below 60%. The rolling hills, a variation in elevation that changes a lot from zone to zone and a territorial typicality, which varies from municipality to municipality, allows to produce wines very different from each other, but which are marked by the Orcia, the common name, a name that is a guarantee of quality, with a brand known throughout the world.
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2) Wine route in Val d’Orcia? Wine tour in Tuscany? KNOW SOME WINERIES OF THE REGION
The following part is a short list with some of the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano and Montalcino in Tuscany. How about a Tour to Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano? Click here to learn more!
BIONDI SANTI (Montepulciano)
Historic, it was the winery that bottled the world’s first Brunello, in 1888. Take a tour of its spectacular vineyards and then enjoy a tasting of two types of wine for 15 euros.
FATTORIA DEI BARBI (Montepulciano)
Another renowned producer of Brunello has been in the Cinelli Colombi family since 1790, also offering a beautiful 40-minute tour that shows visitors historic bottles, aging barrels and the production process. There is also an excellent restaurant. The tour costs 5 euros and the tasting is paid separately. It costs from 15 euros.
One of the most visited in Montalcino. In addition to being beautiful, it was one of the wineries that helped Brunello to receive the fame it has. In addition to vineyards, it also has olive cultivation and olive oil production. It is worth visiting!
Located in Montepulciano, it is one of the most traditional and visited. In its corridors it is possible to see old bottles, barrels and several items related to oenology. The winery is elegant and still produces Grappa and olive oils.
Special Thanks from Your Travel to Italy to our Viajando Para Itália client Luiz, who indicated other excellent wineries!
See below the indications of the wineries in Montalcino:
- Castello Banfi Winery – Poggio alle Mura
- Fattoria dei Barbi Winery
- Marchese Frescobaldi Winery – Tenuta di Castelgiocondo
- Caprili Winery
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