Brunello di Montalcino versus Nobile di Montepulciano
Discovering two great towns and two great wines
Montepulciano and Montalcino are two of Southern Tuscany’s most popular towns. And they have a lot in common. Both are famed for their imposing fortresses, charming and well preserved historic centres, spectacular scenery of Val D’Orcia (Orcia Valley), rolling hills and vineyards. They are also home to two of Italy’s most prestigious wines: Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Our tour starts from Montalcino, the birthplace of Brunello, which is made exclusively from Sangiovese Grosso grapes grown on the slopes around the town. Just like Barolo, Brunello wine ages well for many years, between 10 and 30 depending on the vintage.
Following a visit to the old part of town and a stop for cappuccino and cantucci ( typical Tuscan almond biscuits) we will take you to a winery for a wine tasting and light lunch.
The afternoon will be spent in Montepulciano, the hometown of Vino Nobile, the noblest of Tuscan wines celebrated throughout history as the favorite wine of Italian Kings, Presidents and Popes. The Nobile is made 70% at least from Prugnolo Gentile, the local name of Sangiovese grapes, and can only be produced from vineyards surrounding the town of Montepulciano.
After a stroll in the old part of the town, we’ll briefly stop for a gelato and then head to a winery for a taste of the wine of the nobles.
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