First stop: choosing the grapes, which go through a three-step pruning process during the growing year. During the third step, staff actually inspect every bunch of grapes and decide which ones will receive the last days of sunshine and nutrition. We admired the grapes along with a few thirsty bees, and we each tasted one or two, which were absolutely delicious!
Next, we went indoors to learn about how the grapes become wine. Our guide explained the winery's process for producing its wines which include the following wines:
Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.
Altero - Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.
Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. Riserva
Madre, I.G.T Toscana
Lemartine, I.G.T Toscana
Rosso di Montalcino D.O.C.
We were surprised by the very modern technology in the cellar with its 23 cone-shaped stainless steel tankes with removable lids. We followed our tour guide up a ladder and she explained the fermentation process in depth.
After leaving the cellar, we then learned about how the wines are stored, corked, bottled and then stored again.
There's a restaurant on the property, with some very amazing views, but we wanted to explore Montalcino and headed into town for some lunch. After reading reviews about the Ristorante di Poggio Antico after, I wished we had stayed for lunch, what an amazing place. Here's the view.
While in Montalcino, I highly recommend a visit to Poggio Antico. To learn more, click here. To read more about my travels in Tuscany which include Orvieto, Montalcino and Siena, click here.
Thanks for reading!