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Coat of arms of Montalcino (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bottle & glass of a 1961 Brunello di Montelcino wine from Tuscany. This Italian wine is made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Italian wine Brunello from Tuscany made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Brunello vineyard, Montalcino (Photo credit: Conlawprof)
Abbey of Sant’Antimo, Montalcino, Tuscany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sangiovese grapes in a vineyard of Montalcino, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tuscany is Italy’s quintessential wine region. It is the birthplace of one of Italy’s blockbuster red wines, Brunello di Montalcino. This is an opulent wine made entirely from sangiovese grapes. It has an intense ruby-red color and displays the complex aromas of black cherry, rasberry and violets.
English: The Municipality of Montalcino within the Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy Italiano: Il comune di Montalcino nella Provincia di Siena, Toscana, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Montalcino is surrounded by defensive medieval walls that were built in the 13th century.
Montalcino has remained practically unchanged over the centuries.
The Montalcino fortress was built at the highest point of the town in 1361; designed by the Sienese architects Mino Foresi and Domenico di Feo.
Montalcino is west of Pienza, close to the Crete Senesi in Val d’Orcia.
Montalcino is the perfect destination for wine lovers with it’s 14th-century castle, encircled by olive groves and majestic vineyards.
Here’s a good link: A day trip to Montalcino
Montalcino (Photo credit: littlestar19)
Castle (Fortezza) at Montalcino, Siena, Italy. Photo taken by Type17, 18:50hrs June 24th 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Montalcino is divided into quarters called contrade. They are: Borghetto, Travaglio, Pianello and Ruga. Each contrade has their own colours, songs and distinct drum rhythms. Twice a year they dress in Medieval attire and compete in an archery contest under the walls of the Castel Fortezza.
English: View of Montalcino from the Castle (Fortezza). Taken Sept 8th 2006 by me. Canon EOS 20D, 10mm focal length (16mm effective length) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Montalcino (Photo credit: fondelli.nadia)
Montalcino, Toscana, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In Montalcino, take a Winery Tour of Castello Banfi. You will learn about the restrictive government regulations that prescribe wine-making practices in Italy. These rules define areas where specific wines can be made using the acronyms DOCG, DOC, and IGT.
Brunello di Montalcino earned a reputation as one of Italy’s rarest wines. At the end of WWII, the only commercial producer recorded in government documents was the Biondi-Santi. The high price and prestige of there Brunello de Montalcino encouraged other producers to emulate Biondi-Santi’s success. By the 1960s, there were 11 producers making Brunello. By 1980 there were 53 producers in Montalcino. In 1980, the Montalcino region was the first Italian wine region to be awarded Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation.
Português: Garrafa de vinho Brunello di Montalcino de Biondi Santi – 1985 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG designation means “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” (the most prestigious/elite Italian wines). This means that the wine has the following characteristics:
The location is certified and guaranteed
Provides more stringent government regulations
Requires longer aging periods and lower yields per vine
montalcino fortress (Photo credit: tonyduckles)
Brunello is Tuscany’s rarest and most expensive wine. It is produced in the walled medieval village of Montalcino, south of the Chianti Classico zone. The climate is warmer and the hills are steeper. The wine is aged longer and it must be aged in oak barrels to enhance the character of the wines.
The Banfi Winery was the first winery in the world to be awarded international recognition for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility. It won the 2009 VinItaly International Award and has been designated Italy’s Premier Vineyard estate for 11 consecutive years.
The winery is nestled on 7100 acres of land and it is owned by two wine-making brothers from Long Island, New York.
They have a state of the art winery with a glass museum.
Taste their Brunello di Montalcino at the Winery’s Enoteca.
Dine at their Tuscan Taverna
The restaurant is located in the vaulted cellars of the Castello. Enjoy three and five-course tasting menus of traditional Tuscan cooking on rustic wooden tables situated under gorgeous brick arches.
You can even stay in the restored rooms and suites of the Castello Il Borgo.
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Sangiovese vines of Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Montalcino (Photo credit: Un ragazzo chiamato Bi)
Montalcino (Photo credit: littlestar19)