Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Wine Tour
Francesco Redi, the seventeenth-century Italian poet, once wrote that “Montepulciano is the king of wines.” Indeed, this red wine, made from the Sangiovese grape with hints of the Canaiolo Nero and Mammolo grapes, has inspired considerable praise in the course of its long history. This “noble wine” of Montepulciano is one of Italy’s oldest wines and wine enthusiasts from all over the world revere its rich taste. Made for centuries in the Montepulciano region, this Tuscan wine has more than earned its fine reputation.
Our Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Wine Tour takes you to two distinguished wineries in the Montepulciano region. During this wine tour, you will learn how this historic wine is produced as well as how to pair it with various types of cuisine. Typically, your tour commences when we pick you up at 9 AM in Florence or Siena. The first winery will feature this Old World wine paired with small plates of regional fare. The second winery of your gourmet tour provides a Tuscan lunch that pairs exquisitely with the regional wines of Montepulciano.
Production and Taste of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Although Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has historically been treasured for its velvety smoothness, it tastes even better today due to new innovations that allow wineries to produce wine with more distinctive characteristics. Our wine tours are designed to showcase how the terroir affects the finished product as well as how the wine is made. Moreover, guests of the winery will learn to taste the individual flavors of the wine and to pick out the richness of cherries or, perhaps, violets in the bouquet. Of course, touring the vineyards will also acquaint you with the breathtaking scenery of the Montepulciano region.
Montepulciano Winery—1st Stop
Our first winery stop begins with a tour of the vineyards. Escorted by a wine expert, you will explore the domain of the Sangiovese grape before heading indoors to learn about the process of making Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. A celebration of tastes concludes this leg of the tour as you’ll enjoy this historic wine along with various samplings of local dishes.
Montepulciano Winery and Lunch—2nd Stop
Your second winery visit begins with another delightful tour of the grounds. After learning about other aspects of producing this delicious wine, you’ll be invited to partake of more extraordinary Tuscan flavors. Lunch is a gourmet affair that often begins with bruschetta and a locally cured meat. The entrée usually features fresh egg pasta served with regional flair. This sumptuous feast is topped by dessert and digestive liquors.
Additional Stop—the Medieval Beauty of Montepulciano
Since the hill town of Montepulciano is world famous for its food and drink, you may want to include a visit as part of your gourmet wine tour. Montepulciano is a delightful Tuscan village with a myriad of Medieval and Renaissance sites and attractions such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Palazzo Tarugi. One of southern Tuscany’s most charming old towns, it is a lovely place to witness the culture of the region.
Tour’s Start and Finish
Your day begins in either Florence or Siena. While your private tour may be tailored to suit, our driver typically picks you up at 9 AM. Tours are conducted in English, but other languages may be requested. The driver returns you between 3 and 4 PM. As we are happy to make any special accommodations, please be sure to request them in advance so we may plan accordingly.
Self Driving Tour of the Montepulciano Region
For clients who wish to tour the beautiful Montepulciano region in their own car, we would be delighted to provide a tour guide for your scenic drive. If, however, you prefer to tour without the chauffeured service, we would certainly be happy to arrange your desired wine-tasting experiences and be sure a guide awaits you at each location.