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1. Icario Winery
2. Azienda Agricola Ercolani
3. Cantina de' Ricci
4. Tenuta Valdipiatta
6. Az. Agr. Poliziano
7. Contucci Cantine
8. Gattavecchi Winery
9. Cantina Fattoria della Talosa
11. La Braccesca
12. Villa Sant'Anna
13. Cantina Crociani
14. Manvi Winery
15. Azienda Agricola Canneto
16. BINDELLA tenuta Vallocaia
17. Fattoria Pulcino
19. Podere Le Bèrne
20. Vinoteca Terra Toscana
21. Palazzo Vecchio Winery
22. Tanagatta, Azienda Agricola
23. Azienda Agricola Romeo
24. Az. Maria Caterina Dei
25. Azienda Agricola La Combarbia
26. Azienda Luteraia
27. Tenuta Santavenere - Casa Vinicola Triacca
28. Podere Della Bruciata Winery
30. Borgo DiVino
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TOP 10 Wineries to Visit in Montepulciano
What are the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano? Discover a list of the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano, also with accommodation and restaurant options. The wineries are recommended for the quality of the guided tour and tasting. INDICE
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VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO
TheVino Nobile di Montepulcianois produced from a minimum of 70% Sangiovese grapes to which complementary vines such as Merlot, Cabernet, Mammolo, Canaiolo and Colorino can be added.
The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano boasts agreat historicity: its tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, and it was later the first Italian wineto boast the prestigiousDOCG denominationin 1980.
There are many historic wineries of Montepulciano that can be visited in the city centre, including: Contucci, Crociani Gattavecchi, Fattoria Pulcino, Talosa, Fanetti, De’ Ricci, Ercolani, Fanetti.
BEST WINERIES TO VISIT IN MONTEPULCIANO – Recommended by Jean Marco Palmieri
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Ricci is a historic winery from the 1300s located in the center of Montepulciano. The structure is very organized for guided tours of the winery. To be counted among the best historic wineries of Montepulciano.
www.cantinadericci.it +39 0578 757166
Contucci is a historic winery (producing wines since 1700) located in the heart of Montepulciano. The visit and the wine tasting is possible every weekday and public holiday.
Undoubtedly one of the best historic winery to visit in Montepulciano.
www.contucci.it Phone +39 0578 757006
Talosa is a historic winery dating back to the 1500s located in the center of Montepulciano. A visit to the winery with tasting by reservation is recommended. Surely among the best wineries of Montepulciano
www.talosa.it 0578 757929
Poliziano is the symbolic winery of Montepulciano as well as the first to have created a cru wine of Nobile di Montepulciano with the iconic ‘Asinone’. Among the best red wines in Italy.
Definitely one of the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano to understand the enological complexity that Vino Nobile di Montepulciano can achieve.
www.carlettipoliziano.com +39 0578 738 171
Canneto is a Montepulciano winery located a few steps from the center of Montepulciano.
The winery boasts a breathtaking panoramic terrace where various options of wine tastings are organized with small snacks and cheeses. Deservedly among the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano.
www.canneto.com 0578 757737
Surely one of the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano cannot miss Dei, one of the most famous and renowned wineries of Montepulciano. The winery, located a few km from the center of Montepulciano, has a very suggestive travertine structure and is embellished with sculptures and works of art. To be counted among the best historic wineries of Montepulciano for architectural beauty.
www.cantinedei.it +39 0578 716878
Fattoria Svetoni, located in the hamlet of Gracciano a few km from the centre, is an elegant winery, restaurant and wine resort in Montepulciano.
To be counted among the best wineries of Montepulciano with the possibility of overnight stays.
www.fattoriasvetoni.it 0578 775751
Crociani belongs to the historic wineries of Montepulciano, located in the center of the town.
The 1300 structure hosts guided tours and tastings in the winery. Undoubtedly among the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano.
www.crociani.it +39 0578 757919
BORGO TRE ROSE
Located in Valiano, a few km from the center of Montepulciano, Borgo Tre Rose is not only a winery, but also a wine resort with a restaurant, ideal for events and ceremonies.
Undoubtedly among the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano.
The Boscarella winery located in Cervognano is one of the most awarded and internationally recognized historic wineries of Montepulciano. Deservedly among the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano.
www.poderiboscarelli.com 0578 767608
CANTINE DI MONTEPULCIANO WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF OVERNIGHT STAY
- Fattoria Svetoni
- Borgo Tre Rose
- Villa Nottola
- Le Buche (20 km da Montepulciano.
TUSCAN FOOD AND WINE PAIRING
What to combine with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano?
Tuscanyis rich in culinary history, anecdotes and traditions that make this region an Italian gastronomic scene of great interest. A land of gastronomic excellence such asChianinaandMaremmana breedbeef, theCinta Senese pigbut also game such asduck,hareandwild boar.
Tuscan breadis a symbol of Tuscan gastronomy and is distinguished by the lack of salt, so much so that it is calledsciocco breadorsciapo. Starting from the reuse ofstale breadmany iconic dishes ofpoor Tuscan cooking are born:pappa al pomodoroandribollita, but alsopanzanellaand Maremma acquacotta.
Among the appetizers, the pork-based dishes are very popular. Typical Tuscan antipasto with cold cuts, such asTuscan ham,finocchionaandsoprassata,rigatinoandburisto, strictly accompanied byTuscan liver crouton.
The first courses are generally based oncomplexsauces often based ongameandwhite meatssuch as the very famouspappardelle with wild boar orhare ragout. Other very characteristic Tuscan first courses areMugello potato tortelli,Maremma tortelli,pici all’aglioneand gnudi.
Scottiglia of wild boar Among the second courses to try in Tuscany we find the famousFiorentina steak, a very thick and tastyChianinaorMaremmanacut of meat to be cooked on the grill or on the grill and served rare. Among the meat-based main courses, there are countlessstewsandbraised meatssuch asPeposo dell’Impruneta, theSangiovannese styleScotto, theBoar Scotiglia.
Iconic dishes of Tuscan cuisine such asTrippa alla fiorentinaandLampredotto are also born from beef, but also the tongue, the cheek and the livers, all dishes that can be appreciated in the classic Tuscan street-food.
Not least are the Tuscan soups and stews, generally with black cabbage, but also the beans all’uccelletto, inevitable in the typical Tuscan taverns.
On the Tyrrhenian coast, on the other hand, we find fish-based specialties, such as Cacciucco alla Livornese or Maremma-style cod, as well as a passion for fried rock fish and shellfish.
Finally, there are many desserts of the Tuscan tradition. Among these we remember the cantucci di Prato which go perfectly with the Tuscan vin santo, or other typical sweets such as the Florentine Schiacciata, the Schiacciata all’uva, the Brigidini, the Sienese panforte and many others.
What are the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano?
What are the best wineries to visit in Montepulciano? Choosing is a difficult undertaking, which in any case is inevitably subject to the limits of a subjective opinion, which as such, by definition, is deficient and arbitrary.
We have simply compiled our own list of favorite interpretations according to our evaluations. However, it remains essential to underline that wine is not born to be prestigious, exhibited or flaunted.
But to get excited and be shared in a genuine way with the people we love, bonding to contingent situations and unrepeatable and intimate moments of our lives.
Therefore, we invite you to visit wineries and get to know the producers who produce wines in their uniqueness, so that you can independently discover and choose the wine that canbe counted among your personal favorite wines for you. If you have had the patience to read up to here, I thank you for your attention, but now is the time to fill the glasses and sever the distant hopes, and therefore:
Cheers, Salute, Santé
Jean Marco Palmieri
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12 Wineries in Montepulciano (2023) Not to Miss
By: Author Amanda OBrien
Posted on Last updated: 24/01/2023
Montepulciano is quite frankly heaven for wine lovers. This stunning hilltop Tuscan town is ridiculously beautiful and it is just filled with wine. Wineries, red wine, white wine, wine cellars, oak casks, wine shops, wine bars – it really is just wine-tastic. There are so many wineries in Montepulciano.
But I have to say I didn’t find it particularly easy to plan my Montepulciano winery visit before I went. It wasn’t easy to figure out which wineries were in town, out of town, how far etc.
So here is my guide to the Wineries of Montepulciano – with some bonus hedgehogs and great meals thrown in.
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Wineries within Montepulciano
1. contucci winery, 2. de ricci winery, 3. ercolani winery, 4. talosa winery, best wine bars in montepulciano, la dolce vita, la bottega del nobile, consorzio del vino, wineries outside montepulciano old town, wineries outside montepulciano – montalcino, banfi winery, canalicchio di sopra winery, altesino winery, montepulciano wine tours, montepulciano restaurants, la pentolaccia, l’altro cantucci ristorante, caffé poliziano, where to stay in montepulciano, for somewhere really special to stay, how to get to montepulciano, some of the articles i used to plan this trip:, who paid for what in this post.
Quite a few wineries are actually in the gorgeous little hilltop town of Montepulciano Italy. I was surprised by this – normally visiting wine regions involves getting out of town.
Of course, the Montepulciano vineyards aren’t in the old town but quite a few of the wineries I visited within the town had all of their barrels tucked away in the hill of Montepulciano Tuscany.
I assumed some of these wineries were a smaller cellar door operation and that it may well be possible to visit the wineries where the grapes are.
Having said that, I am not sure if they would offer much past what is available at their operations in the town – and it is so much more convenient to just wander the town and visit wineries rather than having to join Montepulciano wine-tasting tours or organise a driver.
So, there are numerous wineries in the old town of Montepulciano as well as of course several that are outside of the town in the Montepulciano wine region.
Another thing I loved about Montepulciano was the huge number of wine bars. Every second shop seemed to be a very atmospheric wine bar with a great wine list featuring local wines.
The best thing was that virtually all of them offer wine tastings. This then means it is possible to try many of the best wineries in Italy (like Poliziano and Avignonesi) without having to leave town and go to their wineries in Montepulciano.
Quite a few of the Montepulciano wine bars also have those new style wine fridges that have little taps on the top and allow you to pick your own wines to try and the size. These were fantastic and provide a great wine tasting experience.
Plus, we found all the staff very keen to help when we were running our own Montepulciano Italy wine tasting so we learned a lot more about the wine.
So I am going to structure this post around the wineries in Montepulciano, the best wine bars we found within Montepulciano and then wineries outside the town (including some of the best wineries in Montalcino) – plus how to get there.
And some food recommendations – plus photos and hedgehogs. The hedgehogs will make sense later on.
I’ll start with the wineries that I visited in the old town.
In all honesty, I was a little disappointed in Contucci . They have the most amazing location virtually on the main square at the very top of Montepulciano (virtually opposite the tower).
There are two entrances – make sure you go in the one on the side street rather than the main square as this has access to all their amazing cellars and had much more atmosphere.
Contucci winery is 1000 years old! Some serious history – and an explanation for their amazing location I imagine. It is definitely worth going in for a look at their fantastic wine cellar and barrels.
In terms of tasting when I visited they were only offering 4 wines for tasting. Two were free of charge – a Rosso and a Vino Nobile. There were two others available for a price. But it seemed a very limited offer from such a prestigious winery.
Their wines were perfectly pleasant but I really felt like they were missing a trick.
Ricci means hedgehog in Italy. There are a lot of hedgehogs in and around Montepulciano. There is a Hedgehog street (Via Ricci), a hedgehog hotel (Il Meuble Ricci where I stayed – more on that later) and of course a Hedgehog winery.
I very much enjoyed visiting De Ricci Winery . We started at the main entrance. It was then possible to head down many steps into what felt like the center of Montepulciano and visit their many barrels and tucked-away cellars.
At the base of the winery was the tasting room which was great fun and nice and busy.
For just five euros we had a lovely wine tasting Montepulciano of six different wines.
For me, this was the best Montepulciano wine that I tried. Ercolani is a bit further down the hill within Montepulciano. It has everything going on.
Upon entry it feels like walking into a gourmet food store meets winery. There are loads of local treats – from truffle pici to all variations of pecorino and loads more.
The wine tastings are held down the back and are free. Not only were we given 5 different wines to try we were also given some very tasty snacks.
And the staff were super friendly. I ended up making a couple of purchases here of their red wine Montepulciano.
The winery is run by two brothers – Carlo and Marco. They have been agricultural entrepreneurs for 30 years. The winery itself is on 14 hectares of vineyard.
They follow the traditions of the area and use the four native grapes of the region. Their wine is then aged in barrels in the cellars of the underground city.
Yes, this winery is also the entrance to the underground city of Montepulciano. There is 4km of paths that connect seven historic buildings of Montepulciano.
We wanted more wine so only did a quick exploration but it did look quite fun. And there are also some Etruscan Tombs that seem quite popular in this area.
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Again, Talosa Winery wasn’t as good as we had expected. We had read excellent reviews. Like Contucci Winery, there was nothing wrong with it but it just seemed a bit ho-hum.
There was a free tasting of four wines which were okay but nothing amazing.
It was possible to go down to the cellars and visit the barrels but we felt a bit barrelled out by this point! However, if you are early in your Montepulciano wine tour it may be worth a visit as it has been there since 1500.
There are some other wineries in town that we didn’t get to. These were Gattavecchi Winer y and Crociani Winery . Drop me a line and tell me what they’re like if you visit.
Top Tip – check all the opening hours before visiting. Most of the wineries in town are open every day. However, some have a big lunch break, some are open quite late – it is quite the mix.
As you will be told via signs more than 10 times, most of the wineries also ship worldwide. But shipping costs can vary widely – and ensure you are up to speed with your local wine taxes on imports.
This was our absolute favourite. If you only go to one place in Montepulciano, make it La Dolce Vita !
Located on the main street, the bar runs back a long way and is filled with many wonderfully displayed wine bottles.
They have a huge range of wines by the glass (including nobile wines) and their comfortable tables are perfect for kicking back and digging in and having your own wine tasting Montepulciano.
The staff was so lovely and friendly. They provided fantastic advice and by our third visit in three days, we were told we were their customers of the week – what an honor.
We also had lunch here and my gosh the food was amazing. I had possibly the best soup I have ever eaten – full of Tuscan tomatoes and bacon and it was just extraordinary.
We also had local beans in tomato on the side which were also just amazing. The highlight of a trip full of highlights.
This little wine bar is tucked away on a windy street heading up to the main square. Per Bacco is also a deli of sorts with snacky delicious options – including the most amazing truffle pecorino – and some slightly more substantial offers.
We did a 12 euro tasting which offers four wines from the region – one white wine, one red wine Montepulciano, one full Montepulciano Tuscany wine and one nobile wine.
The tasting is presented on a paper placemat and the wines are written down.
My friend did the same tasting but was given different wines. And it is possible to make requests if you have tried the wines previously.
This wine bar on the main street offers over 60 wines for tasting through the machines. La Bottega del Nobile also serves up some great bar snacks.
We got a card worth 50 euros. This covered our tastings and snacks for the 3 of us. I don’t think we had to use the full amount, but we ended up doing so.
The staff at La Bottega del Nobile were very helpful and lovely here. Lots of ideas about what to try and places to visit.
Seating was offered inside and outside – a lovely place to hang out and drink more great Tuscan wine.
This wins for possibly the best wine bar location in Montepulciano. Consorzio del Vino is at the top of the town – literally. It is a classic building with a modern interior.
Consorzio del Vino has a restaurant plus many wine fridges that all have the little taps so many many wines can be tasted here.
From what I could understand, this is a consortium or grouping of wineries from the region (76 in total) which looks to promote Nobile di Montepulciano – thus the range of wineries to sample.
The restaurant/wine room at Consorzio del Vino is built on top of old cellars. The floor is glass so all of the old cellars are clearly visible underneath.
This looks fantastic but for some of the deeper ones, there is a rather strong sense of vertigo.
Even better there is a large outdoor area with seating and some rather wonderful views – perfect for wine tasting on a lovely day!
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These are wineries that I didn’t manage to get to but looked good in my research. I also tried some of their wines in town which I will mention.
They are outside of the walled city but still not terribly far from town by car.
Poliziano Winery is one of the big names in the area. There is quite a bit of Poliziano wine on offer in the wine bars in town so perhaps try it and if you like it then organize a trip to their winery.
Like most other wines of the region, I enjoyed this when I tasted it.
Avignonesi Winery is another big name and the greatest distance from the old town. Again, Avignonesi wines are on many wine bar menus in town.
Finally, Palazzo Vecchio and Tenuta Valdipiatta showed up often in my research but I didn’t have time to visit. Do email me and tell me your thoughts if you make it to either of these wineries.
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We found our driver on google and gave him a brief – we wanted some further out wineries around Montalcino that were more focussed on Brunello.
Fabrizio was brilliant. He took us around for 7 hours and helped plan and adjust our itinerary.
He was extremely knowledgeable about wine and different types of wineries – particularly those more boutique. I highly highly recommend him.
Here are his contact details: [email protected] +39 335 537 7820
Our first stop was Banfi. Banfi Winery is where this area all began. It is run by an Italian and his delightful American wife, Pamela, whom we were lucky to meet.
Banfi was the first of the big wineries that put the area of Montalcino and Montepulciano on the wine map.
This is a big winery. Very big. But it still felt very personal. Pamela was at the entrance desk, and we ended up chatting with her for quite some time.
We were then passed on to the fantastic Lisa for our actual tasting. I think we tasted at least seven wines – I did lose track a bit. I LOVED the chardonnay and the sparkling.
I know this region is supposed to be more about the reds and I very much enjoyed these as well but it was the whites that came home with me.
The main tasting room at Banfi is more like a hall and is just lovely. There are also all kinds of produce – olive oils, truffles, ceramics, bread – all the region’s specialties.
I particularly enjoyed the giant bottles – check out the 5 litre Brunellos.
Whilst wine tours etc can be conducted at Banfi it is possible to turn up and taste as well.
The winery has two restaurants. We visited the Banfi Taverna which was just stunning. It is the most gorgeous room and a wonderful mix of special and comfortable.
There was a tasting menu option but alas we were on a schedule. I enjoyed my first serving of the local Pici pasta with a wild boar ragu – sensational.
And despite our rather sad ordering of only one course, we were brought some very tasty amuse-bouche options. And of course, we had a bottle of wine.
There is also a very high-end restaurant at Banfi. It took about 90 minutes to get from Montepulciano to Banfi by car.
Our second winery was Canalicchio Di Sopra . This was a truly boutique winery with small productions. Tasting here is by appointment only, so do book ahead.
Our third winery for the day – and bear with me as it is getting a little blurry now – was Altesino Winery which I loved. This was my one case order of the trip – the Palazzo D’Altesi 2016 which was ridiculously drinkable.
This winery should also be pre-booked and can also organise lunch if needed.
All three wineries were on stunning estates which were extremely photogenic.
There are many Montepulciano vineyard and wine-tasting tours on offer. Within the town, there are options to have a guided tour of one winery and i ts cellar or the same with lunch as well.
Or why not combine a guided walking tour of Montepulciano with a wine tour?
Or head outside of the old town with a wine tasting and light lunch at one of the vineyards.
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We did not have a bad meal in Montepulciano. Indeed, every meal was a pretty darn extraordinary meal.
I imagine it would be hard to survive in Montepulciano if you served up bad food so I think most restaurants in town would be a good bet.
Here is where I visited and what I ate:
Next door to La Dolce Vita on the main street, this tiny restaurant with outdoor seating definitely requires a booking. La Pentolaccia was full each night we were in town – we clocked making a booking the second day.
La Pentolaccia has two menus. One features seafood with different options for all courses. There was enough seafood option for it to be an entire restaurant itself.
There is a second menu with meat, chicken, and other non-seafood options. There are a lot of choices.
I started with the absolutely delicious cuttlefish salad. So fresh and light and the cuttlefish was perfectly cooked. We also tried the swordfish, which turned out to be smoked and wasn’t as good.
For the main, I went with the Tuscan beef. Although it was very nice beef, it was literally just beef which was a bit of a surprise.
One of my companions had the seafood pasta, which looked amazing – and apparently tasted as good. My advice here is to go with the seafood options.
L’Altro Cantucci Ristorante on the main street in Montepulciano was fantastic. This is a modern-style restaurant featuring modern Italian meals.
I enjoyed artichoke prepared in five different ways (including as ice cream ) for a starter and then their homemade Pici pasta with Tuscan style ragu – amazing.
Pici is the signature pasta of Montepulciano. I had never heard of it before this visit. It is basically spaghetti plus. However, it is quite tender and more like a noodle. And may I say it is rather delicious.
The menu was classic Italian style of antipasti and first and second plates. Most of the pasta options were quite innovative and featured ingredients like smoked butter, raspberries, pistachios and much more.
Most options featured some ingredients you knew with a twist.
It was a lovely room as well – well worth a visit.
This is the most famous café in Montepulciano. Caffe Poliziano is a beautiful old European building and filled with atmosphere.
The range of cakes on display is rather amazing. There are two large rooms with fantastic views over the Tuscan countryside.
We just went for coffee but they offer full menus for lunch and dinner. Don’t leave Montepulciano without stopping at Caffe Poliziano at least once.
I didn’t get to Osteria Acquacheta , but it was jam-packed every time we walked past, and it was open. A meat-heavy menu but a lot of pecorino cheese options. This would have been next to try if we were staying more time.
Cucineria Pane Vino et Zucchero is a gorgeous cellar style restaurant. We enjoyed some amazing burrata and tomatoes to start with basil ice-cream. This was, of course, followed by some more Pici in a beef ragout.
Osteria del Borgo offers amazingly soft and fluffy spinach gnocchi which was one of my eating highlights – plus a roasted pork knuckle to die for.
I just loved Meuble Il Riccio – our historic little boutique hotel just off the main square (perfect for exploring and walking to wine bars and restaurants).
The couple who run it are delightful – they always seemed genuinely pleased to see me.
As were the many hedgehogs throughout the hotel. From small to large to paintings to door stops hedgehogs in all their forms are prevalent at the Hedgehog hotel.
But the highlight of Meuble Il Riccio is the amazing view. Even my bathroom had a jaw-droppingly stunning view over the Tuscan villas.
My room was huge with lovely high ceilings. A very large bathroom as well with shower and tub. It is very easy to buy the Italian wine Montepulciano and bring it back to the hotel to enjoy. There is a large room with tables and couches where breakfast is served plus several rooms have their own terraces.
A buffet-style breakfast is offered each morning, including cappuccinos with smiley faces and Ivana’s amazing homemade cakes.
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Villa Poggiano and Villa Cicolina also came highly recommended.
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Wonderful Banfi, the winery I mentioned earlier, has its own Borgo. This is essentially an old Italian village.
With planning laws, very little can be changed about the borgo and they are now modernized inside to create stylish and unique accommodations.
Banfi’s Borgo has nine rooms and five suites and is just stunning. I lost count of how many charming and photogenic places there were to drink wine.
And it has been ranked in the top 10 in Italy by Conde Nast Traveller. Somewhere truly special and memorable.
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The closest airports to Montepulciano are Rome and Tuscany. Rome airport has far more flights than Tuscany airport. However, Tuscany airport is much smaller. I flew into Tuscany airport from London and hired a car.
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Montepulciano is on a minor train line, and the station is a few miles outside of town. There are then buses to get into town.
A better option can be to take the train to Chiusi, which is on the main train line. Hourly buses from Chiusi station to Montepulciano.
I would highly recommend hiring a car. Car hire is quite cheap in Italy. Meuble Il Riccio has parking.
I literally drove into Montepulciano and parked and then next used the car when I was driving back to Tuscany airport.
NB: If you do hire a car from Tuscany airport the car hire pick up and drop off is a decent shuttle bus ride from the terminal. Do make sure you allow a good extra 20-30 minutes to get to the car hire area and complete the paperwork at both ends.
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I covered the cost of everything in this post. I was visiting with friends so it wasn’t meant to be a travel blog trip – but then I loved the wineries so much I thought I would share it.
And special thanks to my wine tasting partners in crime Pru and Thibault. Not only were they brilliant company and great fun they came with extensive research.
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Wednesday 30th of August 2023
This is amazing! Thank you so much. As I prepare for a visit to Montepulciano in 2 months, I've been finding it very difficult to find any specifics about wineries and tastings in the old town of Montepulciano vs. outside the town. This will give us an opportunity to maximize our enjoyment in the town and I'm so grateful to you! One question - you mentioned that you hired a driver, Fabrizio, to go to Montalcino. Would it be possible for you to share how you found a driver? I've been struggling with how to find one for some other wineries we have plans to visit. Thank you for any insight you can share. And thanks again for the wealth of information here! Colleen
Thursday 31st of August 2023
Hi Colleen - thanks so much! this is why I wrote my article! My friend who I was travelling with found him. Why don't you ask your hotel for a recommendation? Hope you have a great trip! amanda
Wednesday 5th of July 2023
This was so helpful. We are traveling to Italy and staying in Montepulciano in the fall. We were having a problem figuring out when and how to visit wineries. Your blog is excellent. You must be fun to travel with! Thanks.
Thursday 6th of July 2023
Thanks so much for such a lovely comment! Have a great time in Montepulciano - it is fantastic!
Friday 21st of April 2023
Hey! Do I need to schedule a visit upfront for Contutti? Or can I simply go there and request a visit/wine tasting? Their website has poor information about the visits. Thank you!
Monday 24th of April 2023
Hi - why don't you try to contact them on social media and ask? cheers Amanda
Friday 16th of September 2022
This was so helpful! My husband and I are visiting this area next week and have struggled to find much information about wineries in the area!
Saturday 17th of September 2022
Thanks Michelle! Hope you have a great trip!
Friday 17th of April 2020
Wonderful insights and review. We visited on way from a Reggello Villa toward Rome as a side trip for lunch a couple years ago. I will always remember the glass of Brunello and presentation of Chianina. Not a light lunch. God willing, I will use your guide in this September for more.
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Saturday 18th of April 2020
thanks Don! Can't have a light lunch in Italy! I am hoping to be back in Italy by September as well!
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The 21 Best Wineries In Montepulciano
We asked italians living in montepulciano "what are the best wineries" - these are their local favorites, nathan heinrich.
- June 17, 2023
- Rome, Italy
In this article, we will look at 21 of the very best wineries in Montepulciano with a local Italian as our guide.
Besides the best wines, we will also highlight the breathtaking views, wine production style, and lovely tasting rooms of these top regional winemakers.
We will also showcase other local products such as extra virgin olive oil, of which many local producers offer free tastings.
The town of Montepulciano, and the surrounding area, are renowned for their historic Sangiovese grapes and their famous Vino Nobile of Montepulciano (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG) varietal.
Montepulciano, nestled in the heart of Tuscany, is a dream destination for wine lovers seeking to indulge in world-class wines and explore one of the world’s most wonderful wine regions.
Our Local Wine Expert
With its rolling vineyards, picturesque landscapes, and charming town, the Montepulciano “wine district” or “wine region” offers a unique experience for wine enthusiasts.
Guiding us to each beautiful location will be Vera Sarzano, a local wine expert and virtual Italian language coach, who lives in the nearby Chianti Classico wine district.
So off we go to Montepulciano in the region of Tuscany in Central Italy to taste the best Montepulciano wines and visit family farms with their rich history of winemaking in this beautiful place.
1.) Gattavecchi Winery
When planning your winery visits, Gattavecchi Winery should be at the top of your list.
This historic winery offers a remarkable tasting room experience.
Their well-known Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, made from Sangiovese grapes, is one of the great wines of the area.
The winery’s commitment to quality winemaking, combined with its beautiful vineyards and panoramic views, are just a few of the many reasons Gattavecchi Winery is at the top of our list of the best wineries of Montepulciano.
2.) Cantina Ercolani
Cantina Ercolani is well-known in the Montepulciano area as a top wine shop.
This is a great starting point on your tour of the area as it is one of the most popular wineries with truly fantastic local wines.
3.) Talosa Winery
Immerse yourself in the world of fine wines at Talosa Winery , a historic establishment with a legacy dating back to the 16th century.
This picturesque winery offers guided tours of the vineyard, where you can stroll through hectares of vineyards and learn about their dedication to sustainable winemaking practices.
Their remarkable Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG is truly a noble wine with excellent aging potential.
The winery’s inviting tasting room allows wine enthusiasts to sample their extraordinary wines while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
4.) Contucci Family Cellars
Contucci Family Cellars is one of Montepulciano’s oldest wineries.
With a history spanning over a thousand years, this winery offers a captivating glimpse into the region’s winemaking heritage.
Cellar tours will take you through an underground sea of oak barrels filled with the family’s delicious wines made from the famous Montepulciano grape varietal.
5.) Avignonesi Winery
Avignonesi Winery is located in the picturesque Val di Chiana area.
It is well-known for its dedication to organic and biodynamic practices.
This environmentally conscious winery produces fantastic wine, including the prized Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG and the iconic Vin Santo.
Take a guided tour of their vineyard and observe their commitment to sustainability.
The Avignoesi family makes the perfect wine for the organic wine enthusiast.
6.) Boscarelli Winery
Nestled among olive groves and vineyards, Boscarelli Winery is a hidden gem in Montepulciano.
This family-owned winery produces exceptional Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG wines that beautifully reflect the true character of the Sangiovese grape.
This incredible winery’s welcoming tasting room invites wine lovers to savor their red wines while immersing themselves in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside.
7.) Poliziano Winery
Located in the heart of Montepulciano, Poliziano Winery is a true blend of tradition and innovation.
With their meticulous vineyard management and modern winemaking techniques, they produce exceptional wines that capture the essence of the region.
Their historic wine cellars are absolutely gorgeous.
The winery’s tasting room, with its elegant atmosphere and beautiful view of the vineyards, provides the ideal setting to sample its impressive range of wines.
8.) Bindella Winery
A visit to Bindella Winery is the perfect way to experience the rolling hills of Montepulciano.
With a focus on organic cultivation and minimal intervention, Bindella produces exceptional wines that showcase the unique terroir of the Montepulciano region.
9.) Canneto Winery
Located just a short drive from the city centre of Montepulciano, Canneto Winery is a hidden gem known for its commitment to traditional winemaking techniques.
This boutique winery focuses on producing limited quantities of high-quality wines, including Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG and Rosso di Montepulciano DOC.
Be sure to add this understated winery to your Montepulciano wine tour.
10.) Salcheto Winery
Salcheto Winery stands out for its innovative approach to sustainable winemaking.
Embracing biodynamic and carbon-neutral practices, Salcheto produces exceptional Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG wines that express the unique characteristics of the terroir.
Take a tour of the vineyard and learn about the family’s commitment to energy efficiency and eco-friendly production.
Salcheto is one of the best places to taste the organic wines of the Montepulciano region.
11.) Icario Winery
This winery is a truly fantastic location in the Tuscan area of Montepulciano.
Their Nysa Rosé wine is rated as the best in Tuscany by visitors.
A visit to Icario is a great way to see and taste the local wines of this unique region.
A private wine tasting tour at Icario is the perfect way to spend your time in Montepulciano.
Whether you’re a white wine or red wine connoisseur the best way to enjoy both, while visiting Tuscany, is at this boutique winery.
12.) Dei Winery
Located just a few miles from the city walls of old town Montepulciano, Dei Winery is an impressive winemaking facility.
With vineyards extending over 700 acres, Dei Winery is one of the most exceptional wineries in the region.
Behind the cellar doors at Dei are some of the best wines in the area, especially the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG which is well-known for its elegance and structure.
Of the numerous wineries in Montepulciano, this is one you won’t want to miss.
13.) Villa Sant'Anna
The wine at Sant’Anna is “Smooth and soft with an elegant structure” according to owner Signora Simona.
This woman-owned and operated winery is just one more good reason to visit Montepulciano.
While savoring la Bottega del Nobile vino or Vin Santo, at this fantastic winery, you will be so grateful you included it in your winetasting tour of the area.
14.) La Braccesca
This small family-owned winery is well worth the visit.
Their Nobile di Montepulciano is one of the best DOC wines in this wine region.
You can expect to get VIP treatment at La Braccesca Winery .
After a short walk at your own pace through the Trebbiano Toscano vines and tasting their Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine, you will add this winery to your list of favorites.
15.) Manvi Winery
The first thing you will appreciate about this gorgeous location is the stunning view out over the Montepulciano hills.
A close second to the views is the delicious wine that is poured by the warm and inviting owners and staff.
This boutique winery is well-known for transforming local grape varieties into some of the region’s most fabulous wines.
Rather than searching for Manvi wines in Montepulciano town wine shops, go directly to the source and taste them at the winery.
This winery is guaranteed to become one of your favorites.
16.) Cantina Crociani
This family-owned local Montepulciano winery is truly unique.
The Crociani family will make you feel welcome and spoiled during your visit.
If you have the unique opportunity to indulge in their incredible wines in the comfort of their beautiful tasting and dining room you will never forget it.
Besides the wine, the family and their staff will serve you fresh-made local bread with their very own extra virgin olive oil.
Don’t miss the chance to experience this wonderful winery just a short drive from the main street of Montepulciano.
17.) Carpineto Winery
Carpineto Winery , located in the picturesque Montepulciano countryside, is recognized for its portfolio of premium wines that capture the essence of the region.
With vineyards spread across Tuscany, Carpineto Winery combines tradition with modern techniques to produce wines of exceptional quality.
Carpineto Winery offers special guided tours of its vineyards and cellars, allowing visitors to explore the winemaking process and appreciate the scenic beauty surrounding the estate.
18.) La Ciarliana Winery
La Ciarliana Winery is truly a hidden gem nestled in the rolling hills of Montepulciano.
This family-run winery is known for its commitment to organic and sustainable winemaking.
While visiting La Ciarliana, sample their range of exceptional wines, including their flagship Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, which beautifully represents the region’s terroir .
La Ciarliana Winery offers personalized tastings and guided tours, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the authentic and intimate atmosphere of the estate.
19.) Tenuta Valdipiatta Winery
Tenuta Valdipiatta Winery is a prestigious estate situated on the outskirts of Montepulciano.
With a focus on sustainable viticulture, the winery produces a range of outstanding wines including the acclaimed Riserva.
Visit their fantastic tasting room, where knowledgeable staff guides you through a selection of exceptional wines, known for their balance, complexity, and longevity.
Just a few kilometers from the main square of Montepulciano, perhaps this should be the first wine you taste in the area.
20.) Tenuta Valdipiatta Winery
Besides wine, be sure to taste some of owner Gabriella’s special Lemoncello while visiting Azienda Agricola Romeo winery .
You will be telling all your friends and family about this wonderful place and counting the days until you can return.
The great wine, excellent service, and beautiful location are a must while touring the Montepulciano wine district.
21.) Podere Le Berne Winery
Podere Le Berne Winery is a small, family-owned estate in Montepulciano’s picturesque countryside.
Embracing organic and biodynamic practices, the winery produces a limited quantity of artisanal wines.
Indulge in the flavors of their exceptional wines, including Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG and Rosso di Montepulciano DOC.
Podere Le Berne Winery also offers vineyard tours and walks through their olive groves, allowing visitors to connect with nature and experience the harmony between the vineyards and the surrounding landscape.
The Closest Airport To Montepulciano
If you’re planning a trip to Montepulciano and are looking for the nearest airports, there are two you should consider.
The city of Florence has a small regional airport named Amerigo Vespucci.
Pisa, which is also in the region of Tuscany, has a small airport as well which is called Galileo Galilei .
You will want to fly to a larger international airport, such as Milan or Rome when flying to Italy.
But once you’re in Italy you may want to take a local flight into one of these smaller, less-crowded airports to get around Italy quickly.
By exploring these remarkable wineries in Montepulciano, as a wine enthusiast, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the region’s winemaking heritage and indulge in the flavors of the world-class wines it has to offer.
With their sustainable practices and artisanal approach, each winery showcases the unique characteristics of Montepulciano’s terroir and the passion of its winemakers.
As you embark on a wine journey through Montepulciano, let the beauty of the vineyards, the passion of the winemakers, and the exquisite flavors of the wines captivate your senses.
Whether you prefer the complexity of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG or the charm of other local varieties, these wineries promise an unforgettable experience that combines history, tradition, and the artistry of winemaking.
Each winery mentioned above offers a distinct experience, showcasing the diversity and craftsmanship of Tuscan wines.
Take the time to explore the tasting rooms, vineyards, and cellars, immersing yourself in the flavors and stories that make these best wineries of Montepulciano, truly remarkable.
While visiting Tuscany you may also want to visit the C hianti Classico Wine Region .
Read our local guide to the 23 Best Wineries in Chianti.
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Montepulciano, a medieval hilltop town in Tuscany , Italy , is a popular destination for wine lovers. Its surrounding vineyards are especially known for the quality of their vino nobile red wines. On the magnificent Piazza Grande is the grand Palazzo Comunale, built in the 14th century. You can ascend its tower and witness some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of Tuscany. Moreover, you can also come across a unique clock tower Torre di Pulcinella, topped by an iconic Pulcinella figure from commedia dell’arte and visit the famous Duomo with its gorgeous triptych above its altar.
The best wine regions to visit near Montepulciano
Montepulciano district is surrounded by numerous important wine regions in Tuscany. Therefore, you can profit and visit some of the closest wine appellations to Montepulciano town, such as Montalcino , Montecucco , Chianti , Valdichiana and Cortona .
Top wineries close to Montepulciano, you can visit on a wine tour
Montepulciano is small, but renowned for its world-class wine production. This area has been growing vines since ancient times, and today there are many wineries that produce some of the finest wines in the country. Whether you are looking for major wine-related activities or would like to sip on some fine local wines while visiting this amazing town, Montepulciano has something for everyone to offer. Take a look at some of the best wineries near Montepulciano town that you can visit and get the full taste of the region on your next trip to Italy!
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10 Wineries to Visit in Montepulciano
- April 10, 2022
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When we embarked on our journey to find our perfect enclave for a wine-drive luxury boutique hotel in Tuscany , Montepulciano kept coming up tops for us for a reason. Chianti most certainly is more famous in the minds of many Americans, and Montalcino has its famous robust Brunellos that wow wine aficionados but Montepulciano has its Vino Nobile, which I see as a perfect balance between the two, balancing the elegance of Chianti Classico with the structure of Brunello. Add to the fact that Montepulciano is the oldest DOCG in Italy and the region still remains beautifully true to its heritage. There are dozens and dozens of amazing vineyards producing wonderful wines at great values; some are larger producers that you may see in your local wine shop but many are small local producers that are family-owned and operated, as they have been for generations, putting tons of heart and soul into every harvest and every bottle.
Sangiovese is Tuscany’s most predominant grape and per the DOCG guidelines, Vino Nobile must be at least 70% Sangiovese though many producers go well beyond that, with some using exclusively Sangiovese for their production. You’ll find Canaiolo, Mammolo, and Colorino are the most commonly used indigenous varieties in blending, though some international varietals are used as well. The majority of wineries produce a Vino Nobile in line with the DOCG requirements, but you’ll find some offering whites and rosés, others specializing in unique Supertuscans, and yet others that offer some unique single varietal options that are rare to find. Below, in no particular order, I’m sharing 10 wineries to visit in Montepulciano when wine tasting in Tuscany , plus what makes each worth visiting.
1 Located adjacent to Borgo San Vincenzo , Poderi Boscarelli’s vineyards feature prominently in our aerial shots and it’s a winery that consistently ranks amongst the top wineries to visit in Montepulciano for visitors to the region. Dating back to the 1960s, Boscarelli focuses primarily on their Vino Nobile, which makes up about 80% of their production. Their tasting room is modest and rustic, which I think adds to the charm of it all. Nothing here feels like it’s done for show; it’s a true, functioning wine farm. If timed right, you can see harvest underway and grapes being destemmed and sorted while you walk through before a tasting. Their Vino Nobile is the standout here, but for anyone wanting to mix it up from Sangiovese, they also offer a Merlot produced from vineyards in Cortona.
Read more about Poderi Boscarelli. ✪
2 De’ Ricci is located in the medieval town of Montepulciano and benefits from having one of the coolest wine caves around. De’ Ricci offers scheduled tours during the day (including English language) which makes visiting and tasting very accessible. During the tour, you’ll visit the Etruscan cave and Wine Cathedral, which provides a serious sense of place. When you’re done, you can marvel over the views of Montepulciano from the viewpoint — truly a stunner! You’ll have a choice of tastings, which can include a more comprehensive option that serves up their exclusive Soraldo — and don’t miss a taste of their housemade olive oil while you’re at it.
Read more on De’ Ricci here.
Read more on La Combarbia here .
Read more about La Braccesca. ✪
5 Led by Caterina Dei, Cantine Dei focuses on sustainable winemaking with a great range of wines that includes a white and rosé. The Dei family was historically involved in excavating and processing travertine for generations and it’s something that’s apparent when you visit their impressive travertine cellar. A local singer, Caterina is also a woman of the arts and the artistic edge is highlighted with a sculpture garden outdoors. If you’re looking to mix it up from traditional reds associated with Tuscany, Dei’s whites and rosé are a great way to beat the summer heat! That said, you may not get a taste of it, but don’t miss Madonna delle Querce, Dei’s premium red label that is one of the region’s finest.
Read more about Cantine Dei here . ✪
6 Another art-driven hotel, Bindella melds art and wine in their impressive tasting room. It’s one of the few wineries that offers a full restaurant – an impressive one at that – making it a good place for a lunch with pairings as well. I’ve talked about how the Douro Valley is arguably the world’s most beautiful wine region but let’s be real: Tuscany gives it a run for its money with neverending vineyards and undulating hills for days. The outdoors offer up incredible views of the vineyards below and the inside offers contemporary art, largely done by a Berlin-based artist who’s visited the estate for over a decade.
Read more about Bindella .
7 Possibly my #1 bottle of wine ordered when I’m out to dinner is Montemercurio’s Messagero, their signature Nobile. It’s a solidly good wine that never fails to impress and was reason enough for us to want to go to their tasting room for a flight (€25pp) after realizing it was one of the few major wineries in Montepulciano we’d failed to visit. Wineries each typically have their premium wine that’s made during select years; something special that you rarely get to taste not necessarily due to price but due to the fact that few bottles are ever made. Dei has Madonna delle Querce, Avignonesi has 50/50. Here, Montemercurio has Damo, their premium offering that’s produced during exceptional vintages. And yes, it’s part of the tasting so go!
Read more about Montemercurio here .
8 Avignonesi sits positioned on the cusp of Cortona and Montepulciano, a gorgeous estate with a focus on biodynamic viticulture that lends itself perfectly to guided tours. Avignonesi’s wine is top class and their tasting room and experiences on offer excel. They have standard options like a tour with tasting (available in English as well, which you can pre-book), but also offer cooking classes, ‘The Cellar Door’ Experience, and the ‘Grand Experience’. Avignonesi’s 50/50 is a must-try (it’s done in partnership with a winery in Chianti), and their sweet wines, a Vin Santo and their Occhio di Pernice, are super local specialties that are must-tries. Retailing at €100s for the miniature bottles, after learning the process of making Vin Santo, you’ll be impressed you can even get your hands on it at all.
Read more about Avignonesi here . ✪
9 Salcheto is really the leader in sustainability when it comes to wineries — not just in Montepulciano, but in Italy, and arguably within Europe broadly. A glance at their setup and you’ll quickly notice that they’re leveraging the elements for winemaking and for their facilities. The winery has an “off-grid” cellar which is considered a model of environmental efficiency and technological innovation on the continent. Their Salco wine is one of my faves, but for lovers of natural wines try their Obvius line, which brings that yeasty funk (in a good way) that you’ll find in orange wines. Salcheto offers lunch as well — another great option for a bit during your day of tasting!
Read more about Salcheto here . ✪
1 0 When it comes to wineries to visit in Montepulciano, Poliziano is one you may know from home; a wine that does make its way occasionally into the export market and has earned its place amongst the faves in the region with great wines and a great hospitality product. They offer a range of beautiful options produced in Montepulciano including their beloved Asinone but also produce a Supertuscan in Maremma that brings its own flair.
Read more about Poliziano here . ✪
✪ The six wineries starred here make up the Alliance Vinum. “Six pure Sangiovese wines, each the product of a single vineyard and the culmination of the utmost viticultural and emotional commitment on the part of six outstanding wineries. While being naturally different, their story brings them together: they are an example of the best things that the Tuscan Montepulciano can give. Above all, they strive to become continuous inspiration, direction and motivation. Always evolving and never just a destination.”
Wine lovers, which wineries are your favorite in Montepulciano? I know this list doesn’t scratch the surface so share any other small producers you love!
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If you’re visiting Tuscany, chances are that you’ll be stopping by Montepulciano, one of the cutest towns in Tuscany, with beautiful architecture, charming cobblestone streets, and many exceptional Montepulciano wineries to visit.
We’ve been to Tuscany many times and I would rank Montepulciano up there with the best small towns to explore. We wanted to check out the main sites in town, but also wanted to mix in stops at a few wine tasting rooms along the way. Turns out that’s very easy. There are many.
Not only are there tasting rooms (the actual vineyards and wineries are mostly located outside of town), there are also plenty of wine bars where you can do tastings. So even if you don’t get out into the countryside, you can try all kinds of wines coming from the region without leaving town.
Of course, I don’t encourage skipping the countryside. The experience at the wineries themselves is way more magnificent and enchanting than the tasting rooms, but maybe a little of both would be the best way to go.
For that reason, I’ve listed the wine tasting rooms to stop at in the historic center first, then gone on to list the outlying wineries that you can visit in the region of Montepulciano.
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Where to Stay in Montepulciano:
- Il Corso ⇒ “A beautiful place in the old city. The house was well maintained and had an old world charm to it.”
- Il Buonumore ⇒ “Excellent location in the center of Montepulciano. spotlessly clean, lovely host”
Best Tours and Experiences in Montepulciano:
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Wine Tour
- Cesarine: Small group Pasta and Tiramisu class in Montepulciano
- Wine Tour Ebike Experience
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You can park on the outskirts of town and walk in at Porta al Prato (one of the two main gates) to the pedestrian-only historic center where it’s easy to spend a few hours walking around, admiring the buildings, popping into shops, and sipping wine.
It was in the 16th century that Montepulciano reached its most magnificent self, under the powerful Medici family. It’s still showing off today with its ancient city walls and bastions. The heart of the city is one main long, wide street called the Corso, with alleys and narrow streets jutting out from there. A walk up the Corso will lead you to all of the wineries on this list.
About the Wine
Montepulciano produces two distinct types of wine: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a red wine made primarily from the Sangiovese grape, locally known as Prugnolo Gentile. The wine is required to be aged for a minimum of two years, with at least one year spent in oak barrels. It has a deep ruby color with aromas of dark fruit, leather, and tobacco, and flavors of black cherry, plum, and spice. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is known for its complexity and elegance and is considered one of Italy’s top wines.
Rosso di Montepulciano is also a red wine made from the Sangiovese grape, but it is aged for a shorter period than Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, typically six months to a year. It has a lighter body and is more approachable than its more famous counterpart, with flavors of red fruit and spice.
Both Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano are produced in limited quantities and are highly regarded by wine enthusiasts around the world. It’s an honor to be in the area that produces this special wine, and that’s why we love wine tasting in Montepulciano.
A great way to experience some wine tasting in Montepulciano is to go on a guided wine tour. If you want to get out of town into the actual vineyards, but don’t want to drive yourself and make all the plans, you should book a group tour. We enjoyed this tour , which is 3 1/2 hours, with visits to two wineries in the Montepulciano countryside.
Book Here: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Wine Tour – Meet the producers
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Montepulciano is one of the best regions in Europe for wine . You’ll not only get to try the wine from its origins, you’ll also get to duck into ancient cellars and witness thousands of years worth of wine making. It’s unique and special.
Just remember that Montepulciano receives many visitors and because of that, the experience at the tasting rooms isn’t always up to par. I like to think of it as the tourist affect. Quality goes down when the masses come in. I’m only saying this to temper your expectations.
Map of Wineries Inside Town
One of the first wine tastings you’ll come upon when you walk in the Porta al Prato gate is Cantina Ercolani . This family started diving into wine in the 1940s. They are not shy about ushering people in, and once you’re in the tasting begins in earnest. They have wine, cheese, meats, vin santo, oil, truffles, salami and rosehip berries.
You can go on a cellar tour to their Underground City, and try the wine with other local products at the counter. They are also happy to help you ship anything home that you can’t live without.
At the other end of the Corso, near the second gate, Porta delle Farine, you’ll find Contucci Winery . You can go on a self-guided walking tour of the cellar before you stop in for a wine tasting. It’s not much, but you will get to see the barrels and aging process, in a very old cellar.
They pour a few free tastes in the cellar, or you can go upstairs to their wine bar and buy a glass. We didn’t find the lower level wines to be anything super special, but the more expensive aged wines were great.
If you don’t want to go out to the winery location outside of town, Talosa has a historic cellar in Montepulciano, at Via Talosa 8. Talosa was one of the first wineries in Montepulciano to improve the quality of their wines to elevate the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano appellation to what it is today.
The Talosa Cellar dates back to the 16th century and visiting it is like stepping back time. They will organize guided tours and exclusive tastings by reservation only. You can book on their website . However, you can always stop in the shop to visit the historic cellar, taste and buy their products.
Cantina De Ricci has a really cool 500-year-old underground wine cellar that you can visit. You can get to Cantine De’ Ricci from two entrances at Via Ricci or Via di Collazzi. Via Ricci is located in the highest part of the city, near Piazza Grande and the cellar is accessed via a spectacular brick staircase. What lies ahead is even more magical. Be sure to book your tour ahead of time. The fee was around $30, but well worth it for the tour and tasting at the end.
Map of Wineries Outside Town
Specialties: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Vin Santo, Occhio di Pernice
Avignonesi is a large, biodynamic winery in Montepulciano and one of Tuscany’s finest. This organic wine producer prioritizes sustainable viticulture in an effort to preserve nature.
You’ll love their wine tours, which offer premium affairs. Their “Cellar Door” and “Grand Experience” dining events are visitors’ favorites for their mouth-watering platters and gourmet lunches.
The emphasis is on vastly enriching your wine knowledge. One of the best lessons detail how their highly revered Vin Santo (a dessert wine) is made.
Hours: March: Monday-Friday 10 am — 5 pm | April-October: Monday-Sunday 10 am — 6 pm | November-December: Monday-Friday 10 am — 5 pm
Location: Via Colonica 1, 53045 Montepulciano
Specialties: Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone DOCG
Thanks to Montepulciano vineyards and Poliziano, a thriving Carletti family-run winery, you can find the one-of-a-kind Asinone Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. They’re rated among the best Italian red wines.
Poliziano winery tours are all about the science of making Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines, particularly their Asinone — which you’ll find in many local wine bars. The winery also produces crisp Maremma wines, loved for their fusion of blackberry, cherry, and white chocolate.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am — 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm — 6 pm
Location: Via Fontago 1, 53045 Montepulciano Stazione (Siena)
Specialty: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Boscarelli is one of the most visited wineries in the Tuscany region. It has been making world-renowned wines since the 1960s, specializing in the pride and joy of Montepulciano, Vino Nobile.
Fuelled by a family’s passion, the winery is traditional, rustic, unpretentious, yet endearing. A visit to Boscarelli is a real wine farm experience. Their star wine, the Vino Nobile, has been voted by the Wine Spectator as the 39th best wine in the world. They also provide delectable Merlots from Cortona’s supreme vineyards.
Location: Poderi Boscarelli, Via di Montenero 24, 53045 Montepulciano (Siena)
Specialties: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Vino Nobile Riserva Grape varieties: Canaiolo, Grechetto, Merlot, Sangiovese
The Jacorossi family, through Talosa, has been on a mission to create the area’s finest quality wines since 1972. And they’ve achieved that goal with Talosa.
Wine tastings take place in the 16th-century wine cellar. Elevate the Talosa experience and stay over in their superb countryside villa. You’ll relax and enjoy a peaceful retreat in blissful surroundings.
Hours: 10:30 am — 7 pm daily Location: Via Talosa 8, 53045 Montepulciano (Siena)
Specialties: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Rosso Toscana IGT Grape varieties: Cabernet, Merlot, Pinots Grigio & Nero, Sangiovese
This is one of the most exciting wineries to visit in Montepulciano because Icario brings together two wonderful worlds: wine and art. See, in addition to its 49 acres (20 hectares) of vineyard, the winery also has an art gallery.
The winery’s beautiful B&B is ideal for couples seeking a romantic escape in one of the most enchanting Italian hideaways. Enjoy a wine tasting and a special lunch prepared with the best local products.
Hours: Monday–Friday 10 am — 1 pm and 2 pm — 6 pm | Saturday & Sunday Reservations only Location: Via delle Pietrose 2, I-53045 Montepulciano (Siena)
Specialty: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Grape varieties: Canaiolo, Malvasia, Trebbiano, Sangiovese
This exemplary Montepulciano winery has been producing the best of Italy’s classic DOCG-certified Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines since 1921. Vino Nobile has helped put Tuscany and Italy on the map for its extraordinary wine production. When it is DOCG-certified, this means the highest quality is guaranteed.
This is why Fanetti, located on the scenic Tenuta Sant’Agnese Estate, prides itself on being an organic producer that takes every care to deliver A-grade wine in every single bottle. Wine tastings take place in the Fanetti wine cellars.
Hours: 10 am — 6 pm daily Location: Cantine Fanetti, Tenuta S. Agnese di Fanetti Elisabetta, Via Antica Chiusina 15, 53045 Montepulciano (Siena)
Podere Della Bruciata
Specialty: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Grape varieties: Canaiolo, Colorino, Pugnitello, Sangiovese
Organic Montepulciano wine tasting is yours to enjoy at Podere Della Bruciata — the leaders in artisanal winemaking. They also make Tuscany’s tastiest grappa, olive oil, seasonal jams, and vermouth.
Learn about the precise processes that go into their viniculture. Their methods ensure the highest standards. They are strict on manual harvesting and use natural yeasts (for conditioning). Their aging process uses large barrels and light toasting.
This sustainable-first winery makes around 25,000 bottles each year.
Hours: Not specified Location: Via dei Platani SNC, Sant’Albino, 53045 Montepulciano (Siena)
Croce Di Febo
Specialty: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Grape varieties: Canaiolos Bianco & Nero, Mammolo, Sangiovese, Trebbiano
Croce Di Febo is Tuscany’s Biodynamic Winemaking pioneer, blazing the trail with excellent organically produced wine. The winery is a family-run business that employs artisanal approaches in its processes.
On the low-key 10-acre (4-hectare) vineyard, pruning and harvesting are done by hand. After spontaneous fermentations, non-clarification, non-filtration, and limited sulfur use, the result is a clean wine free from chemical interference.
Property highlights include the Caveau, a wine “museum”, the Amoremio wine shop, and the tremendous on-site villa.
Location: Via di Fontellelera 19/A, 53045 Montepulciano (Siena)
Vecchia Cantina Di Montepulciano
Specialties: Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Vin Santo Grape varieties: Sangiovese
Vecchia Cantina Di Montepulciano winery is one of the oldest and largest in Tuscany that produces top-class, reasonably priced wines. The vineyard estates cover a massive 2471 acres (1000 hectares) from Tuscany to Umbria.
Montepulciano’s rich soils make it ideal for cultivating quality organic winemaking grapes. Visiting Vecchia Cantina Di Montepulciano is an amazing experience for couples, friends, or large family groups. Make fun memories during an informative guided tour of the old wine cellars and taste the best bottle of “Prugnolo Gentile”.
Location: Via Provinciale 7, 53045, Montepulciano (Siena)
Il Molinaccio Di Montepulciano
Specialties: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, La Spinosa Grape varieties: Sangiovese
Il Molinaccio Di Montepulciano is yet another winery celebrated for using organically cultivated grapes for winemaking. It was born when an old mill was revitalized into the now-successful winery.
If interested in a lengthier Montepulciano stay, add a few nights in the lavish guesthouse that offers elegant accommodations to your Italy itinerary . There’s a saltwater swimming pool for refreshing dips and an on-site restaurant serving scrumptious locally-inspired meals. The wine-pairing dining experiences are a hit too.
Hours: Monday | Sunday 9 am — 5:30 pm Location: Via Antica Chiusina 12, 53045 Montepulciano (Siena)
Try a wine tour E-bike experience with wine-tasting at Boscarelli, Il Molinaccio Di Montepulciano, and other selected local wineries.
If you’re based in the sister town of Florence but still want an exclusive Montepulciano experience, the wine-and-cheese-tasting guided tour is ideal. It includes a stop at a Montepulciano winery and is the perfect way to savor a taste of Montepulciano magic.
Tips for the Best Experience
Aim for your trip to marvelous Montepulciano to be an all-inclusive, best-activities-only getaway. These few tips will help ensure that happens:
- Montepulciano wine tours are most exhilarating when the weather is at its finest. For this region, you’ll enjoy a fantastic visit during spring (March-May), summer (June-August), and autumn (September-November). During these months, the landscape is picture-perfect.
- If you’re in the region for more than a week, make the most of your visit to one of the top attractions in Italy .
- In addition to your Montepulciano winery tours, add strolls through the old town center and wine bar hopping to your itinerary. You can also visit Montepulciano’s underground wine cellars.
- Some wineries let you fill up samples to take home. Remember to bring your own bottles during your wine tasting.
- When visiting a winery with accommodation, and if your budget allows, enhance the experience by spending a night or two. Most wineries have gorgeous villas with stylish rooms and modern amenities.
- Tours are often offered in multiple languages, typically English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, or German. Make sure to specify when booking.
Make your visit to Italy’s picturesque Montepulciano a trip filled with rich cultural activities and outstanding culinary experiences. One of the best ways to do that is a Montepulciano wine tour, tasting some of the most divine wines in the world.
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15 Wonderful Wineries in Montepulciano
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Wineries in Montepulciano won’t be hard to come by, as they’re the very backbone of this beloved Tuscan hilltop town.
While the ideal scenario would be to sip and savor at each of them, I’m breaking down some of the top wineries to help maximize your time.
Besides, this will free up room on your Italy itinerary for all of the other wonderful things to do in Montepulciano ! So whether you’re going full-on vineyard hopping or sizing up the options, I recommend visiting at least one winery while you’re in town. Speaking of, don’t forget to check out the best wine hotels in Tuscany while you’re at it!
So without further ado, let’s raise a glass to some of the best wineries in Montepulciano!
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A Brief Word on Montepulciano Wineries
One of my favorite fun facts about Italy is that it’s the largest wine exporter in the world, so it’s easy to see why vineyard-hopping is such a popular activity in Montepulciano!
Plus, this wine-focused town is famous for producing some of the best wines across the globe, so it really is a can’t-miss experience when in Tuscany.
FUN FACT: As a significant wine producer, the old city of Montepulciano is perched above a fascinating underground world of wine cellars!
While there are a significant number of Montepulciano wineries within city limits, that’s only the beginning of what you’ll find in this incredible region. You’ll also find a bevy of them perched atop Montepulciano’s rolling hills and nestled in the landscapes of Tuscany .
While the region of Tuscany is known for a variety of wines such as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, the most famous variety – and the one we’ll touch on most in this guide – is Nobile di Montepulciano.
Generally regarded as the best wine in Montepulciano, this medium-bodied red is produced from the Sangiovese grape. It’s recognized for its vibrant, fruity aromas of plum, cherry, and strawberry, all of which are accented by subtle spicy and earthly notes.
15 Best Wineries in Montepulciano
Avignonesi is one of the most special wineries I’ve visited on my travels (and trust me, I’ve been to quite a few)! Located just over a 5-minute drive from Borgo Tre Rose – one of the loveliest vineyard hotels in Tuscany – this winery is best known for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, made predominantly from Sangiovese grapes.
The Avignonesi estate was originally founded by the family who bears its name back in 1974. In 2009, it was acquired by Virgine Saverys who built it into the impressive 420+-acre Montepulciano vineyards you see today. Avignonesi is so large, in fact, that you can reach the property by helicopter!
Beyond Avignonesi’s initial beauty, you’ll find a truly unique and special winery that places an emphasis on sustainability and minimal intervention with nature and the ecosystem.
FUN FACT: Avignonesi is an organic, Biodyvin-certified vineyard. It holds the record as the largest biodynamic winery in Italy!
In addition, Avignonesi loves to share its sustainable mission with wine lovers through a variety of tours and classes. My husband and I did the “Tour & Taste” option and loved every minute of it.
During this tour, we visited the La Stella and La Tonda vineyards and got to observe the grapes at various stages of the winemaking process, from the drying room, to the barrel, to their final retirement in the cellar.
The tour concluded with a tasting of four wines, which was an absolute delight!
Plus, we even had the chance to meet the winery’s cutest employee after the tasting! As the staff said, she’s the one who truly runs this place!
In any case, I highly recommend that you join one of the available tours if you make the visit.
Avignonesi offers the following tours and classes:
- Tour & Taste – This is the most popular experience Avignonesi offers. This estate tour runs for approximately 90 minutes and provides an overview of how the winery is run through biodynamic viticulture. It includes a visit to two of the property’s most famous vineyards: La Stella and La Tonda and concludes with a tasting of four wines. Reservations are required.
- The Cellar Door Experience – This casual experience is held in Avignonesi’s wine bar and includes a 2-person lunch platter. Wine is available at an additional fee, whether you choose to enjoy your favorite variety or sample a range of different wines. Walk-ins are gladly accepted and no reservations are required.
- The Grand Experience – This special experience runs for approximately three hours, fusing a seasonal and organic gourmet lunch with a tasting of Avignonesi’s top wines on the winery’s panoramic terrace. It includes a visit to one of the most renowned wine plots in the country as well as the fascinating wine aging cellars. Reservations are required.
- The Cooking Class – Under the guidance of a top winery chef, this class will teach you the ins and outs of preparing a healthy four-course Tuscan meal – all while you’re sipping Avignonesi wine, of course! The class will conclude with a tasting of what you’ve made – including delicious pici pasta – so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Since this tour runs for approximately five hours and thirty minutes (from 9AM – 3:30PM), be sure to set aside time in your schedule for this exciting half-day experience. Reservations are required.
- Private Dinner – Avignonesi is proud to serve as the centerpiece for those special life events, from weddings, to anniversaries, to milestone birthday dinners.
In addition, the property itself is also gorgeous and definitely worth exploring independently after a tour.
What to Know Before You Go:
Avignonesi closes its doors for the winter season in January and February. Beyond that, the winery is open year-round from March – December.
How to Get Here:
Avignonesi is located at Via Colonica, 1 53045 Valiano di Montepulciano, SI.
2. Cantina De' Ricci
Named after the Ricci family of 1150, Cantina De’ Ricci is a beloved winery located in Montepulciano’s old city. The first barrel from this winery’s cellar dates back to 1337!
Part of the thrill of visiting this iconic winery is the exciting descent you’ll make down the long staircases into the ancient cellar. Here, you’ll get a look behind-the-scenes at the wine as it ages in massive barrels – upwards of 10k liters to be exact – protected by the cellar’s huge vaults. How impressive is that?!
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Underneath the impressive vaulted ceilings, wine tours and tastings are provided to curious travelers and history lovers. You can read about the winery’s interesting history here .
FUN FACT: Speaking of historophiles, Rick Steves visited Cantina De’ Ricci on his Tuscan travels!
In addition to cellar tastings, wine tastings with a view are offered on Palazzo Ricci’s terrace when weather allows.
Beyond the city-centric winery are the countryside vineyards, where the wine process begins.
Cantina De’ Ricci derives its wine from nearly 75 acres of vineyards located across three separate areas in Montepulciano. These are all ideal for cultivation.
There are a number of red and white grape varieties which are used for the different wines you’ll find at Cantina De’ Ricci.
Red grapes include:
- Petit Verdot
- Cabernet Sauvignon
White grapes include:
Cantina De’ Ricci is located at Via Ricci, 11, 53045 Montepulciano SI.
There are actually two separate entrances in Montepucliano’s old city: one from Via Ricci and another from Via di Collazzi. Via Ricci (the common entry point) is located near the iconic Piazza Grande, at the highest point of Montepulciano’s old city. From here, you can access the winery from a large brick staircase.
3. Podere Casanova
Podere Casanova is more than just one of the best wineries in Montepulciano – it’s actually a winery/farmhouse combination!
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Surrounded by enchanting forests, vineyards, and lavender fields, you can enjoy a taste of delicious wine and a taste of country life with an overnight stay !
This 37-acre property was realized by a husband-and-wife team and pays tribute to Giacomo Casanova. While it offers a variety of Tuscan wines, it places a special emphasis on Nobile di Montepulciano, one of the unmistakable stars of the region.
In addition, the peaceful property offers ample opportunities for you to soak in everything the landscape has to offer, from guided tours and tastings, to a romantic dinner, to a relaxing picnic organized by Podere Casanova.
Plus, if you’re interested in exploring beyond the farmhouse, Podere Casanova offers a guided, 4-hour “ wine trekking ” experience. This tour will take you through the hills and vineyards surrounding the farm cellar for an up-close look at the viticulture. And, since it’s always wise to save the best for last, the tour will conclude with a cellar visit and a wine tasting with a delicious lunch!
Podere Casanova is located at Strada Provinciale 326 Est, n, 53045 Montepulciano SI.
Talosa dates back to 1972 and was started by the Jacorossi family. Its historic cellar and wine shop are located in Montepulciano’s old city, not far from the Piazza Grande.
Wine tastings are held in the impressive historic cellar, located under the Piazza Grande.
FUN FACT: The Talosa wine cellar dates back to 1500!
You can easily access the cellar through the wine shop entrance on Via Talosa 8.
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While touring the cellar, you’ll get a look at the giant barrels that house the winery’s supply of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Here, it’s aged for a period of two years alongside the sister variety, Vino Nobile Riserva, which ages for three.
In addition, private cellar visits may also be arranged. These include a guided tour of the cellar followed by a sampling of several wines in an exclusive tasting room.
Beyond the wine shop and cellar, Talosa welcomes you to book at stay at their beautiful villa in the Montepulciano countryside.
Here, atop a hill surrounded by vineyards, you can enjoy a relaxing retreat.
Guests of Talosa Villa will receive a 10% discount on E-bike rentals to best explore the beautiful countryside!
Talosa’s historic cellar is located at Via Talosa 8, 53045 Montepulciano SI, about 20 meters from Piazza Grande.
The Poliziano Estate on which the Azienda Agricola Poliziano sits was first established in 1961 by Dino Carletti. This family business is now on its third generation. With humble beginnings of a “mere” 54 acres, this wine estate has blossomed into a whopping 640-acre area in between Montepulciano and Cortona.
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Upholding a similar mission to Avignonesi, the wine estate owes its success to its hands-off-the-land approach, allowing nature to run its course with minimal intervention. The focus is on strategically planting (and reassessing and replanting) where there’s optimal soil for the estate’s predominantly Sangiovese grapes.
In addition, solar panels provide power for more than 20% of the winery.
FUN FACT: 2021 saw Poliziano’s first official harvest of 100% certified organic wines.
A tour of the winery will be an experience to remember. You’ll discover the process of winemaking from the vine to the cellar and finish with a tasting of the estate’s best wines in the newly-renovated Angelo Ambrogini room.
Poliziano specializes in 6 different wine varieties:
- Poliziano Rossi Di Montepulciano DOC
- Poliziano Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano DOCG
- Poliziano Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Asinone DOCG
- Poliziano “Le Caggiole” Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano DOCG
- Poliziano “In Violas” Merlot Cortona DOC
- Poliziano “Le Stanze Del Poliziano” Toscana IGT
Too enamored by the picturesque property to leave? Not to worry! The estate also has a villa for those who wish to spend the night in rural luxury.
Azienda Agricola Poliziano is located at Via Fontago, 1 53045 Montepulciano SI.
6. Tenuta Vadipiatta
Tenuta Vadipiatta is a beautiful example of Tuscan biodiversity.
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This magnificent estate vineyard and winery was originally founded in the 1960s and was later acquired by Giulio Caporali in the 1980s. In 2001, Caporali turned it over to his daughter, Miriam. In 2018, it received its official EU organic certification.
Tenuta Vadipiatta offers the following tours & tastings:
- Wine & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting – This tasting includes 4 Valdipiatta wines paired with Tuscan bread and EVOO .
- Classic Tour & Tasting – This experience includes a tour of the fermentation room and wine-aging cellar followed by a tasting of 4 Valdipiatta wines.
- Flavours of Tuscany – This tour begins with a visit to the wine production facility and aging cellar followed by a tasting of 4 Valdipiatta wines paired with sheep-milk cheeses, cold cuts, and Tuscan bread with EVOO.
- Old Vintages Tasting – This experience begins in the wine cellar for a look at the winemaking process followed by a tasting of three varietals.
- Valdipiatta Experience – This thorough, 90-minute wine cellar and production facility tour will conclude with a tasting of all Tenuta Valdipiatta’s wine production.
- Private Barrel Wine Tasting – For a more exclusive experience, this private tour includes the unique and special opportunity to sample wine right from the source – the barrel!
- Private Winemaking Class – This 2.5-hour experience will cover the ins and outs of the wine production process, including a vineyard visit. For the grand finale, you’ll have the opportunity to sample wines from different oak barrels.
- Yoga & Wine – For a full body-mind-and-soul experience you won’t soon forget, you can practice yoga in nature followed by a wine tasting with this 2.5-hour event.
Tenuta Vadipiatta is located at Via Ciarliana 25, 53045, Montepulciano SI.
7. Salcheto Winery
Born in the 1980s, Salcheto is one of the most unique and energy-efficient wineries in Montepulciano. Salcheto’s mission is to produce territorial wines in an off-the-grid fashion.
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Housed in a 13th-century farmhouse, this sustainable, energy-autonomous winery makes use of everything from solar skylights, to adiabatic irrigation of the roof, to photovoltaic-produced energy. Each of these measures helps to reduce waste and lower the carbon footprint.
FUN FACT: The Salcheto name was inspired by the stream that starts at the base of Montepulciano and runs through a willow-tree-lined valley. The branches of the willows were once used to help secure grape vines to their posts.
Salcheto produces a combination of reds, whites, rosés, and dessert wines. This winery is also the proud recipient of international awards for its spectacular Vino Nobile.
In addition to a wine bar (which is open daily), Salcheto offers cellar tours followed by a tasting.
Alternatively, you can grab a seat at the wine bar and order an à la carte lunch with a tasting.
In addition to the winery, there’s also the Salcheto Winehouse , located in the center of the wine estate. This 6-room farmhouse is available for rent, with rooms offering sweeping countryside views.
The kitchen is open daily from 10AM – 5PM for lunch/brunch.
All guests of the Salcheto Winehouse will receive a complimentary breakfast with their stay.
Salcheto is located at Via Villa Bianca, 15 53045 Montepulciano SI.
8. Icario Winery
The Icario Estate began in 1999 and has since become one of the leading producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Located in between Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia, this 126+-acre winery practices holistic precision farming in an effort to reduce chemical processes on its vineyards.
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If you’re interested in a tour or tasting, you’ll have the following options to select from:
- Icario Class Experience (Wine Tastings) – With this classic experience, you’ll receive an introduction to the Icario Winery followed by a sampling of five wines and olive oil. Tastings are available by appointment only.
- Icario Premium Experience (Wine Tours) – Wine tours include a visit to the vineyards and cellar and a lesson from a certified sommelier on winemaking and aging techniques. A tasting of six wines and olive oil will follow. Tours are available upon request.
- Icario Masterpiece Experience (Wine Tours) – Led by an art expert and sommelier, this tour will provide an introduction to the works of international artists on display in the glass-floored art gallery. A tasting of six wines and olive oil will follow. Tours are available upon request.
- Icario Prestige Experience (Icario Wine Lounge Terrace) – This customizable experience can be tailored to meet your individual wishes. It will include a guided tour of the cellar, a tasting of two vintages, a three-course lunch on the wine lounge terrace, and even a bonus gift! Tours are available upon request.
If you don’t want the fun to stop once your tasting/tour is over, you can enjoy a luxurious stay at the Villa Icario , including an infinity pool and concierge service. Rentals are provided on a weekly basis.
Icario is located at Via delle Pietrose, 2 53045 Montepulciano SI.
Founded in 1967 just outside of Greve in Chianti, Carpineto encompasses an impressive five estates throughout Tuscany: Dudda Estate, Montalcino Estate, Montepulciano Estate, Gaville Estate, and Gavorrano Estate.
As we’re specifically focusing on wineries in Montepulciano right now, I’ll exclusively be covering details for the Montepulciano Estate.
That said, you may wish to pay a visit to some of the sister estates, depending on how much time you have in your itinerary.
Carpineto’s Montepulciano Estate covers an impressive 442 acres of land in Tuscany’s desirable Vino di Nobile region. Of the 442 acres, approximately 300 of them are sustainably-farmed vineyards planted predominantly with Sangiovese grapes for Vino di Montepulciano.
In addition, some international varietals are also grown on the estate for the production of Farnito wines.
Beyond the vineyard, the estate is home to an impressive ventilated winery equipped with a solar panel system for improved sustainability as well as a spacious bottle-aging cellar.
Plus, perhaps the most impressive addition is the estate’s wildlife refuge, which is home to migratory birds seeking shelter.
A tour and tasting combination is available at the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Estate. The tour will begin with a brief introduction to the Carpineto mission followed by a walk through the vineyards, the highest density vineyards of their kind in all of Italy!
After the vineyard walk, you’ll enjoy a guided tour through the barrel cellar followed by a wine tasting overlooking the cellar.
The tasting will include:
- 1 Dogajolo Bianco
- 3 Carpineto wines
- 1 Super Tuscan
Alternatively, if you’d like to pair your tour and tasting with a picnic, that’s an option as well! The “Merenda Toscana” tour begins in a similar fashion to the traditional tour and tasting, but it’s followed by a picturesque open-air picnic overlooking the vineyards and a lake.
You can review the availability and pricing for each of the tours here .
Carpineto is located at Strada Provinciale della Chiana, 62, 53042 Montepulciano SI.
10. Fattoria Svetoni
Fattoria Svetoni – formerly Leopoldina and owned by the Grand Duke of Tuscany – has been producing wine since 1865. With nearly 57 acres of vineyards, a centuries-old cellar, and an elegant wine resort and villa available for rent, you can enjoy the royal Tuscan experience!
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While Fattoria Svetoni is most known for its Sangiovese grapes, this farm and winery produces everything from reds, to whites, to rosés.
Fattoria Svetoni offers three tasting options :
- Visit & Wine Tasting – This classic experience begins with a tour of the production facilites and cellar followed by a tasting of three wines.
- Svetoni Tasting – This next-tier experience includes a tour of both the vineyards and the cellar followed by a tasting of five wines.
- Sangiovese Tasting – This ultimate experience includes a full tour of the winery followed by a tasting in the historic cellar paired with fresh local produce.
As I mentioned, Fattoria Svetoni is more than just a winery; it’s also an intimate 12-room villa surrounded by gardens (including a vegetable garden), an olive grove, and the vineyard where Fattoria Svetoni is produced. Here, you can enjoy a comfortable stay with a pool surrounded by nature.
In addition, if the idea of a wine resort appeals to you, be sure to check out the most romantic wine hotels in Tuscany so you won’t miss out on the best ones!
Fattoria Svetoni is located at Via Umbria, n. 63, 53045 Montepulciano SI.
Inspired by Greek-Roman mythology – particularly the God of Mercury – Montemercurio opened in 2007 and began selling wine four years later.
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Although this winery is relatively new compared to the others on this list, the winery actually has a longer timeline dating back to the 1960s, when the first three hectares (7+ acres) of the vineyard were planted.
Specializing in Vino di Nobile Montepulciano, Montemercurio implements a strict manual harvesting policy to best maintain the integrity of their wines. The winery offers wine tours that incorporate a visit to the vineyards and cellar with a tasting.
Montemercurio is located at Via di Totona, 25, 53045 Montepulciano SI.
12. La Braccesca
La Braccesca Estate was named after the farm that once stood in its place. It’s one of seven impressive estates/properties located throughout Italy.
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These estates include: Marchese Antinori Montenisa Estate, Aldobrandesca Farm, The Mortelle, The Braccesa, the Monteloro Estate, Tormaresca, and Prunotto.
La Braccesca encompasses 1255 acres, and vineyards cover 840 of them. The estate is known for its red wines, including Cervognano, Santa Pia, and Gracciano.
Here, you can join a personalized tour through the vineyards and the wine-aging cellar followed by a tasting of the wine.
But wine is only the beginning! La Braccesca is also renowned for its wonderful culinary experiences. In fact, guests will also enjoy a delicious lunch as part of the tasting experience.
Plus, the estate also offers cooking classes where you can learn all of the behind-the-scenes techniques of making pici, the delicious local pasta.
La Braccesa is located at Via Stella di Valiano 10, 53045 Montepulciano SI.
13. Cantine Dei
Dating back to 1964, Azienda Agricola Dei Maria Caterina ( Cantine Dei ) was started by Alibrando Dei in Bossona. In 1991, Alibrando’s daughter, Caterina Dei, took over to continue the mission of protecting Vino Nobile di Montepucliano by respecting the environment in which its produced.
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A tour and tasting at Cantine Dei will be an experience to remember. The tour will begin with a descent into the wine cellar for the history of the Dei family. Next, you’ll get an overview of the production process for the estate’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Of course, the grand finale will be the wine tasting!
In addition to the winery, Cantine Dei is home to La Carliana Farmhouse, which consists of three apartments – one inside the main structure and the others within the barn.
A rustic stay here is sure to quench the spirit and round out your Tuscan experience.
Cantine Dei is located at Via di Martiena, 35, 53045 Montepulciano SI.
14. Podere Le Bèrne
Podere Le Bèrne is an estate winery and farm founded in 1960 by the Natalini family. With nearly 46 acres of land – and almost 25 of those acres occupied by vines – the estate’s been producing wine since 1995.
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Podere Le Bèrne specializes in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, and Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC.
Le Bèrne has been proud to offer an inviting on-site tasting room since 2004. Here, wines can be enjoyed and paired with the winery’s own EVOO.
In addition to wine, Podere Le Bèrne also produces a modest amount of EVOO with a delicate flavor.
Podere Le Bèrne is located at Via di Poggio Golo, 7, 53045 Cervognano SI.
The newest of the wineries in Montepulciano on this list, Metinella opened in 2015.
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Spanning nearly 52 acres (almost 45 of which are vineyards), Metinella produces classic wines of the region, including Montepulciano DOCG, DOC, and IGT. In addition, the winery dabbles in a few other lesser-known varieties.
The winery underwent a full restoration in 2016, including a renovation of the cellar and oak barrels, realignment and replanting of the vineyards, and the replacement of several supportive structures.
Metinella offers three distinct wine tours:
- Allier Tour – This 30-minute experience includes a tasting of 3 wines (one white & two reds).
- 90-Minute Oak Tour – This guided experience provides a tour of the production facilities, including the vineyard, fermentation room, and aging room. It will conclude with a tasting of three wines paired with cured meats, pecorino cheese, Tuscan bread, and the winery’s own EVOO.
- 45-Minute Oak Tour (Plus Lunch) – Similar to the 90-minute oak tour, this experience also includes a tour of the production facilities. In addition, it includes a tasting of four wines along with a four-course lunch.
Metinella is located at Via Fontelellera, 21, 53045 Montepulciano SI.
Guided Tours of the Best Wineries in Montepulciano
While visiting these Montepulciano wineries independently can be fun, perhaps you’d prefer more of a guided experience on your first visit.
If that’s the case, there are a number of Montepulciano wine tours to choose from. Most of these tours include a visit to Montepulciano’s most historic cellars – and all include the grand finale of a wine tasting!
I hope you’ve enjoyed uncovering some of the best wineries in Montepulciano. Again, visiting at least one winery is a must while you’re in the area!
Have you ever visited one of these vineyards in Montepulciano? If not, which one is calling your name? Let me know in the comments below!
Looking for more Tuscan countryside inspiration? Check out my other posts on this magical region:
- 25 Most Romantic Wine Hotels in Tuscany
- 20 Awesome Things to Do in Montepulciano
- Breathtaking Landscapes of Tuscany: An Essential Photo Guide
- 20 Best Day Trips from Florence (Within Two Hours)
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If your ideal trip includes plenty of wine tastings and winery visits in one of the most quintessential Italian sceneries, Montepulciano is the place for you. This beautiful medieval town is located in the south of Tuscany, perched on the top of one of the sunny hills that characterize the landscape, surrounded by hectares of vineyards. Furthermore, Montepulciano 's unique layout, characterized by a difference in height of about 60 meters, allowed the construction of the town's historical underground cellars, dug into the tuff rock the town lies on. Thanks to its strategic positioning, Montepulciano is a great starting point for your Tuscan wine tour , allowing you to easily reach other locations of interest such as Pienza, Siena, Val d'Orcia or Val di Chiana.
Montepulciano 's secular winemaking tradition, stunning landscapes and rich historical background make it the ideal location for travelers who want to combine wine tastings and winery visits with some more traditional sightseeing. Montepulciano 's Vino Nobile was one of the first wines in Italy to obtain the DOC (controlled designation of origin) recognition and in 1980 it was the first Italian wine to achieve further recognition, DOCG (controlled and guaranteed designation of origin) . Other typical wines of the area are: Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Bianco Vergine della Valdichiana DOC, Chianti Colli Senesi DOC and Vin Santo DOC.
Which food to taste in Montepulciano?
The best way to accompany a glass of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG during your next wine tasting is with some typical food from the area. Some specialities that cannot be missed are Pecorino di Pienza DOP, prosciutto di Cinta Senese DOP, pici alle briciole, Chianina steak, almond cantucci dipped in Vin Santo.
Which wines to taste in Montepulciano?
During your wine tastings in Montepulciano , you will be able to taste different grape varieties, at times combined to obtain a well-balanced and rounded wine. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, for example, has the same base grape variety as other well renown Italian wines, like Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino: Sangiovese, locally known as Prugnolo Gentile. Other local grape varieties include Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia. Of course, the Tuscan hills of this area host some international varieties as well, such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Which is the best season to visit Montepulciano?
The best season to plan your holiday, weekend or even just a wine tasting in Montepulciano is summer. This will allow you to enjoy the landscape at its maximum beauty and liveliness. On the last Sunday of August, the Bravio delle Botti is held, a competition between the eight districts of the town where competitors - known as the "pushers" - have to roll empty wine barrels uphill for more than a kilometer.
What things to do in Montepulciano?
Between a wine tasting and a winery visit, don't miss out on these highlights of Montepulciano : the old town, including its main square - Piazza Grande - and the Duomo, Montepulciano 's thermal baths, Palazzo Bucelli, Tempio di San Biagio.
Which wineries to visit in Montepulciano?
- Ercolani Montepulciano
- Azienda Agricola Casale Daviddi Montepulciano
- La Ciarliana
- Cantina Terra Antica
- Poderi Boscarelli
- Podere della Bruciata
Where to do wine tastings in Montepulciano?
- Self Winedering tour of Val D'Orcia
- Light lunch experience at Terra Antica estate
- Wine Lover Tasting at Tiberini in Montepulciano
- Artisanal Wine Tasting on the panoramic terrace of Podere della Bruciata
- Wine Enthusiast Experience at Tiberini in Montepulciano
- Contadino food and wine experience at Tiberini in Montepulciano
- Classic Wine Tasting and Tour at Poderi Boscarelli in Montepulciano
- Tour, Tasting and Tuscan appetizers at Icario winery
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Top 5 best wineries in Montepulciano – guide to wine tasting
For a lot of people, when thinking of a vacation to Italy, one of the first images that come to mind is drinking some fine wine under the setting sun. Well, the region of Tuscany is particularly popular with the hobby of wine tasting and has a terrific reputation for its wine culture. This prestigious reputation can be found all throughout Tuscany , with the hilltop haven of Montepulciano being no exception.
Known for its sweeping vineyard-scapes, breathtaking scenery, and abundance of Medieval architecture, history, and culture, Montepulciano is truly unmatched when it comes to this unique combination of attributes. A traveler could argue that there is no better place in all of Europe than the things that Tuscany has on offer.
Wine tasting tours and wine tasting, in general, are among the most popular and beloved activities enjoyed in the region. Every year, thousands of tourists and Italian locals come to the quiet suburb of Montepulciano to indulge in some of Italy’s best wines. Therefore, grab your wine glasses and get ready to take a swirl through some of the best wineries in Montepulciano , a review of their repertoires, and the full range of services they provide.
(This article contains 5 wineries in Montepulciano, which are best in our subjective opinion. The order of the wineries is not related to the quality they offer. Every winery has its pros and cons, so choose the one based on your personal preferences.)
Azienda Agricola Ercolani
The first stop on the list is the Azienda Agricola Ercolani winery and vineyard. A family-run tour going back generations, the Ercolani family and their guided tour through the historic streets of Montepulciano is one of the best wine-tasting experiences the leisurely town has at its disposal.
As well as being a highly-respected winery selling some of the finest wines in all of Italy, Azienda Agricola Ercolani also offers a variety of other products such as jams, honey, olive oils, pasta sauces, cured meats, and more , as well as several other services that come highly recommended. From free tasting for groups of up to 100 people to guided tours of their farm, seasonal hunts for extravagant truffles to an exploration of the underground city.
Located pretty much right in the heart of the town between the Palazzo Bucelli and the Palazzo Avignonesi historical palaces, Azienda Agricola Ercolani provides a unique way for you to uncover Montepulciano through the region’s greatest wines. The best way to book one of these unforgettable experiences is through Azienda Agricola Ercolani’s website or to call directly.
If you decide to buy some of their wines but don’t want to carry them on your trip, they can deliver wines to your city. Also, you can visit the webshop on their website and order more in the future if you want. This winery is open seven days a week from 9:00 AM (9:00 hours) in the morning to 10:00 PM (22:00 hours) at night. Some of the tours are season-specific, meaning they are not available all year long, so keep this in mind and check their website before booking anything.
- Location: Via di Gracciano nel Corso 80-82
- Website: ErcolaniMontepulciano.it
- Distance: 650 meters (0.4 miles) from Piazza Grande in Montepulciano
- Phone: +39 057 871 6764
Cantina De Ricci
A visit to the wine cellars at Cantina De Ricci is one of the best ways to feel as though you have time-traveled right back to Renaissance-era Tuscany. Its ancient bricks, high-arched ceilings, candelabra lighting, iron furnishings, and vintage barrels really paint a picture of how wine has been curated for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
On a visit to Cantina De Ricci’s winery, before enjoying a glass of the sweet domestic wine, you will sample the assemblage available as you learn all about the intriguing history of the winery itself , the origin of its name and founding, as well as the secrets behind the signature flavor of its wines. Not only does this provide context to what you will be tasting, but all greatly adds to the overall experience by knowing the story and spirit behind the wine.
Speaking of the wine, Cantina De Ricci supplies an affluent array of top-quality “De Ricci” brand wines. For those looking for a classic blend inspired by Tuscan tradition, Il Severe Igt Tuscany is a well-balanced choice. If you are looking for something sweeter and more indulgent, both the Red of Montepulciano Doc and the Vino Nobile of Montepulciano come highly recommended , and if you are looking for something different altogether, the Sansy Igt Tuscany Rose is light, fresh, and has a hint of “French” infusion.
Cantina De Ricci is open all year round, and tours are scheduled by reservation only . To book a tour at the winery that has been dubbed “must do” and “must try” by several travel review sites, check out Cantina De Ricci’s website or call their official number and book your tasting today.
- Location: Via Ricci 13
- Website: CantinaDeRicci.it
- Distance: 100 meters (0.1 miles) from Piazza Grande in Montepulciano
- Phone: +39 057 875 7166
Cantina Fattoria Della Talosa
Located in the center of the old town Montepulciano, the Cantina Fattoria Della Talosa’s main cellar can trace its roots all the way back to the 16th century . The hallowed, bricked passages and haunting magic that fills the airs of these cellars can be felt by all who visit them. Furthermore, this vintage feeling also comes through the taste of Cantina Fattoria Della Talosa’s bottles.
Like the other wineries based in the town, on the wine-tasting tour at Cantina Fattoria Della Talosa, you will be led down into the murky bowels hidden underneath the town , where you will be met with beautifully crafted arched hallways and wine barrels so giant, they have to be seen to be believed. Talosa brand wines are some of the most acclaimed in all of Montepulciano and would make an excellent gift for yourself or a loved one.
Their bottles range from as little as 20 euros to around 400 euros for the highest yields. Like any good wine tour, Talosa also provides accompaniments of meats and cheese to compliment the wine-tasting experience . It provides a shorter guided tour than some of the others presented on this list.
Therefore, this winery might be better suited to those looking to experience an authentic Italian wine-tasting tour without committing a full day to it . To book a tour, you should check out their official website or call them via phone. If neither of these booking ways suits you, then book a tour in their store in Montepulciano. The winery is open every day from 10:30 AM (10:30 hours) to 7:00 PM (19:00 hours).
- Location: Via Talosa 8
- Website: Talosa.it
- Phone: +39 057 875 7929
The Gattavecchi Winery is somewhat different from the others on the list in that there is also a restaurant located on the premises. With medieval cellars and views of the beautiful Montepulciano valleys from its windows, the Gattavecchi Winery is your one-stop shop for both top-quality Tuscan wine and authentic Italian cuisine .
Also known as the Cantina Gattavecchi, a tour with this particular wine-making establishment will take you both through the old town cellars as well as a trip to the La Famiglia Gattavecchi vineyard, where you will see the workings of the family-run winery first hand and enjoy all the wine produced by the family, with some specialty cheeses to match.
If seeing the sights of the cellars and gardens isn’t enough, why not also book a table for lunch or dinner at the Osteria La Cucina Di Lilian, the restaurant also owned by the family located in the old Santa Maria Dei Servi Monastery. Here you can enjoy many wonderful Tuscan-inspired dishes prepared by Lilian Gattavecchi to help soak up all that wine you just drank, or order another bottle of Gattavecchi’s finest and keep the party going.
The family even offers cooking classes on request . This amazing winery is open every day except Wednesdays from 11:00 AM (11:00 hours) to 6:00 PM (18:00 hours). The winery itself is situated on the outskirts of the old town, just outside the city walls, not too far from the Fortezza Medicea. To book a tour or reserve a table at the restaurant, talk to the staff inside or call directly through the phone.
- Location: Via di Collazzi 74
- Website: no website
- Distance: 400 meters (0.2 miles) from Piazza Grande in Montepulciano
- Phone: +39 057 875 7110
The last stop on our list, but certainly not the least, is the Manvi vineyard and family-owned farm. Located roughly 15 – 20 minutes outside of the town walls, Manvi Winery is arguably the most opulent tour in terms of atmosphere and visuals and is perfect for those looking for a quieter getaway away from the commotion and hubbub of the town.
Manvi also offers a small bed and breakfast service for an all-inclusive experience, as well as a private swimming pool and yoga classes on-site with an experienced teacher from India. As far as the tour goes, Manvi is a relatively young vineyard but nevertheless still provides an authentic wine-tasting experience that has been met with many 5-star reviews online. Manvi’s vineyard is over 20 acres in circumference and is said to produce over 30,000 bottles of wine each year.
Some of their wines include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon medleys, as well as several white grape blends. Manvi is also a certified organic winery , so you can be assured of the finest quality despite the vineyard’s lack of heritage. Manvi Winery and Vineyard are open all year round, and booking can be made at their website or by calling on the phone. Rooms can also be booked through hotel booking websites and are usually listed at around 130 – 150 euros per night.
- Location: Via Villa Bianca 13/15
- Website: Manvi.it
- Distance: 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) from Piazza Grande in Montepulciano
- Phone: +39 392 746 4727
Where to find the best wineries in Montepulciano?
Montepulciano is a town mainly known for delicious and high-quality wine production, so you won’t have problems finding wineries both in the town and nearby . If you are in Montepulciano only for a day, pick one of the well-known wineries with a long heritage and go wine tasting, as it is an experience in itself. If you are staying in this lovely town for a few days at least, you can consider going to one of the surrounding wineries and vineyards where you can try various wines, see wine production, and walk among grape vines.
This type of experience is also better for those looking for a more personal wine tasting away from the hustle and bustle of the town. Getting to Montepulciano and not trying local wines would be such a miss , so whichever winery you choose, we guarantee that you will have a memorable and unique experience.
Facts about Montepulciano wineries
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano : This delicious red wine is one of the most famous Tuscany wines. Almost all wineries in the region around Montepulciano offer tour and tasting of this fantastic wine. It is known as one of the best wines across the globe, so consider buying it as a souvenir.
- Tasting Rooms and Wine Bars : Popular Montepulciano vineyards and wineries offer inviting tasting rooms and charming wine bars where you can try a great number of different wines. These wine tastings are great if you want to try Vino Nobile, Rosso di Montepulciano, or some white wines before buying them.
- Montepulciano Wine Tour : You can even visit wineries of Montepulciano to find out all the secrets of winemaking. Montepulciano winery tours are great for those who want to witness the meticulous process of turning grapes into great wines and gain insights into the traditions. They usually include tour of the cellar and tastings of the most popular wines. Also, the tour is very useful for those who have some more detailed questions about the wineries in Montepulciano.
- Picturesque Views : Many wineries are strategically located, offering panoramic views of the Montepulciano countryside. Therefore, wine lovers will also enjoy breathtaking views while a wine-tasting adventure.
- Wine Shops : As you already know, wine in Montepulciano is the most popular thing among tourists. It is no wonder that Montepulciano has so many wine shops. Take a piece of Montepulciano home with you by visiting one of them and buying your favorite bottle or two.
- Rich History : Tuscany is, since ancient times, a popular wine region, so winemaking in Montepulciano dates back centuries. Montepulciano’s wine heritage even traces back to the Etruscans and Romans. Most families with cellars produce wine throughout their whole lives, and this legacy is evident in its exceptional quality and taste.
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- Things to do in Montepulciano
- Best restaurants in Montepulciano
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