Tour Montalcino’s Top 5 Wineries
Paradise for wine lovers
Tuscany and wine go “mano nella mano” – hand in hand. For wine lovers, this magnificent region that’s so close to our heart is the Holy Grail and it’s responsible for producing some of the finest wines in the world.
The long tradition of wine making is not just an industry here, it’s a way of life, and one that’s undertaken with relentless skill, passion and more than a touch of national pride. In every Tuscan winery – from the smallest, family-run establishment to the sleek big name operations of the famous world-renowned brands – the heritage and honour of centuries of agriculture rides on every grape and every cork that passes through their hands.
REGION OF BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
Nowhere is this sense of responsibility taken more seriously than in Montalcino – from whence the formidable Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino and a stable of other prestigious Tuscan DOCG wines emanate.
In choosing our list of favourites here we’ve considered not just the wines themselves, but also the location, ambience and hospitality – the experience, if you will.
To us, Casa Raia is the epitome of what our guests want and expect to see from a Tuscan vineyard. Encompassing a gentle slope just below the town, the views of neatly planted vines spilling down the hill to the valley below are simply extraordinary. Even though we’ve visited many times, it still manages to make our heart skip a beat with pride. The outstanding organic Brunello the estate produces is the only thing that can bring us back to earth.
SESTI – CASTELLO DI ARGIANO
Ah, what can we say about Castello di Argiano to do it justice? Maybe that it’s one of the most beautiful locations in the world? Perhaps that it produces one of the most renowned vintages in Tuscany? Or possibly that you just have to experience it for yourself to understand why this is consistently rated one of our guests’ favourite wineries? All of the above… and more.
We’ve found a lot of the clients we bring on food and wine tours to Tuscany are interested in the biodynamic methods of agriculture and wine production, and this estate is one of the best places to see that in action. Using the latest hi-tech (and traditional low-tech) environmentally friendly techniques, Pian dell’Orino produces some of the most acclaimed wines in the region.
Proving you don’t have to be big to be better, the wonderful Biondi Santi estate has been in the same family hands for centuries. Its cellar is home to some Brunellos dating back to 1888 and we’re hoping we are still around when they deem them mature enough to drink!
We have to include Il Palazzone on my list of top five – not just for its fantastic Brunellos, but also for its proprietors’ passion and knowledge, and their generosity of spirit in sharing it. Laura and Marco have made friends from all over the world with their wonderful warmth, hospitality and ability to bring the methods of wine making to the everyman.
Discover your Own Favourites
There are actually so many more wineries we could add to this list, and it would have to be at least a Top 20 in order to reveal our definitive favourites.
But the way we look at it, we have to leave you something to do, don’t I?
Happy tasting! 😉