Montalcino, the unassuming capital of Italy’s liquid gold: Brunello

Montalcino, the unassuming capital of Italy’s liquid gold: Brunello

A romance with the Brunello di Montalcino wine began ages ago at a restaurant in Rome when George our travel advisor urged us to try this after we asked his recommendation for “a good red wine.” 

Montalcino, the unassuming capital of Italy’s liquid gold: Brunello

Ever since our palate has grown and been exposed to fantastic varietals across the wine regions of the planet, but none has ever knocked Brunello from first on our list, no matter how amazing they are. 

 

Montalcino, the unassuming capital of Italy’s liquid gold: Brunello

Having been so steeped in the tradition the place held mythical status in my mind and I’m happy to relate that when we recently were guided there by George with a great itinerary, it met and exceeded all my expectations. 

 

Montalcino, the unassuming capital of Italy’s liquid gold: Brunello

Its a lovely feeling up the dusty roads of late summer and knowing almost every vineyard symbol and crest that I passed by. More than a customer, I’m a raving fan of this stuff and to see the Sangiovese Grosso vines heavily laden with bluish purple fruit as far as the eye can see and all leading up to a fortress like city on a hill, it was all more than I expected. 

 

Montalcino, the unassuming capital of Italy’s liquid gold: Brunello

Once we got to the city walls we could see for miles around looking out over fields of liquid gold. For those who have been to Napa and want to compare, it feels more rustic and authentic. There are some lovely wine shops, tourism providers, and restaurants, but still very down home and cozy all things considered. 

 

Montalcino, the unassuming capital of Italy’s liquid gold: Brunello

The town itself has beautiful churches, castle walls and homes to see and if you want to sample one of the best selections of Brunello di Montalcino wine anywhere in the world head Bruno Dalmazio’s shop. It is just outside the city walls and they have bottles handy that I’ve hunted for far and wide in the states. 

 

Montalcino, the unassuming capital of Italy’s liquid gold: Brunello

Just as the wine ages with grace so too has the city. As we walked around just prior to lunch time a fruit market was packing up as people headed home for lunch, wafts of delicious pastas were coming from open kitchen windows and summer gardens of delightful herbs were abundantly spilling off the window ledges. 

 

Montalcino, the unassuming capital of Italy’s liquid gold: Brunello

It doesn’t end in the city, many vineyards around have wonderful show rooms and tastings available. I heartily recommend Castiglion del Bosco for a tasting, but also a luxury resort stay just 11 miles outside of town. Castello Banfi has one of the area’s largest productions and the sunset panoramas are exceptional too. 

 

If you would like to have a Tuscany experience as pleasant as this please contact our travel advisor: george@admirablejourneys.com

 

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