Montalcino is the home of Brunello wine. It is situated in the southern part of the province of Siena and is one of the five comune that are part of the Val d’Orcia, which since 2004 has been a patrimony of UNESCO. Perched on a hill (567mt.) with breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside Montalcino enjoys a microclimate, which, together with the mineral rich soil, has played an essential role in producing one of Italy’s top wines. Brunello wine is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes and in this territory this grape is known as Brunello. Because of its hilltop position, Montalcino can be divided into four distinct geographical areas and the different soil and microclimate of each area can cause distinct organoleptic differences in the wine which wine-tasting experts are able to detect. In addition, Brunello wine goes onto the market 5 years after harvesting and during this period there is a minimum obligatory ageing in oak casks of two years but this also allows wine makers to personalise their wine by maybe ageing it for longer and in different sized casks. Therefore, though there are over 200 wine producers in this territory, each Brunello produced can enjoy subtle differences.
During the week you will visit various vineyards throughout the territory of Montalcino as well as the other villages in this comune. You will also visit the two areas which border onto the territory of Montalcino and taste the wine produced there, the Val d’Orcia D.O.C. and the D.O.C. wine of Montecucco. In the morning you will walk through woodlands and over rolling fields, through vineyards and olive groves finish the morning’s walk with lunch usually at one of the wine cellars where you can taste their Brunello and the other wines and products that they produce.
After lunch you will be driven back to your hotel where you will have time to relax. Some days there will be another wine tasting before dinner. Dinner will be in a local restaurant in Montalcino or one of the neighbouring villages.
Accommodation will be in a comfortable hotel in the medieval village of Montalcino. In your free time you will have the opportunity of exploring the narrow streets and alley ways, enjoying a glass of wine in the square or the fortress and investigating the variety of shops that Montalcino has to offer.
Today you will be collected from Siena train station. There will be a guided visit of Siena before being driven to Montalcino. Before dinner you will meet your guide for an aperitif and an introductory chat. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.
This morning you will explore the narrow streets of Montalcino and walk into the countryside around the walls of the village. Lunch will be in a winery close to the village itself. After lunch you will have time to relax before driving to visit one of the largest wineries in Montalcino. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.
Walk from Montalcino to Sant’Antimo
This morning you will walk along dirt roads, through vineyards and woodlands to the simple Romanesque beauty of the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, stopping off along the route to visit the remains of an Etruscan fortress. Lunch will be in an olive mill where you will sample the organic olive oil and discover the secrets behind making the high quality, low acid extra virgin olive oil, so typical of this area.
After lunch you will take a short walk to a nearby winery for a wine tasting and then you will be driven back to your hotel where there will be time to relax before dinner in a local restaurant.
This morning you will drive over the borders of Montalcino to the territory of Seggiano. Set on a hill on the slopes of Monte Amiata and surrounded by ancient olive groves and chestnut woods, this village enjoys breathtaking views over the Maremma and is in the heart of the Montecucco wine producing area. We will walk along footpaths trodden by the Etruscans and Romans to a medieval castle where we will have a guided tour of the wine cellars and enjoy their wine over a leisurely lunch in the castle. You will then be driven back to your hotel where you will have time to relax before dinner.
Walk to San Quirico d’Orcia
This morning you will walk over rolling hillsides, through vineyards and wheat fields, to the medieval village of San Quirico d’Orcia. Lunch will be in San Quirico d’Orcia and there will be the opportunity of tasting the Orcia D.O.C. wine.
After lunch you will go to the hot water spa resort of Bagno Vignoni where you can relax in the hot spring waters.
You will then be driven back to your hotel. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.
Circular walk around Camigliano
This morning you will be driven to the delightful village of Camigliano. There will be time to visit the village before setting off to visit a beekeeper and tasting the divine honey which his bees produce. Then you will continue on to a winery for lunch before heading back to Camigliano. You will then be driven back to your hotel where there will be time to relax before another wine tasting and your farewell dinner.
Today you will be driven to Siena train station.
Booking conditions vary depending on the tour and will be given at the time of booking.
Cancellation fees can vary depending on the accommodation on offer and these conditions will be given at the time of booking.