VISITS

You can visit our wine cellars by appointment, in compliance with the new Covid-19 protocols envisaged by the National Association of Wine Cities. Our staff will take you on a journey that starts from the history of the estate and continues to the barrel cellars, where Vino Nobile di Montepulciano rests before it finds its way to tables all over the world. The visit will end with a tasting of our wines to delight your palate.

Come and see what it's like to be part of our world!

INFORMATION

Visits are available for individuals and groups of up to 100 people, to be booked at least 48 hours in advance. For larger groups, we require more advance notice in order to carry out a feasibility check. Guides are available not only in Italian, but also in English, German and French.

The cost of the tour varies depending on the type of tasting:

POLIZIANA

7 per person

2 wines with bruschetta

(available for goups > 10 guests)

SENESE

12 per person

3 wines with bruschetta ,
cheese and charcuterie

TOSCANA

15 per person

4 wines with bruschetta,
cheese, charcuterie and cantucci

OPENING HOURS

Visits usually take place from Monday to Friday at 10.30 am and 3.30 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays by specific request.

The visit lasts about an hour but may take longer in the case of particularly large groups.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The itinerary has architectural barriers, making access by wheelchairs, pushchairs and other mobile aids with wheels impossible.
For reasons of hygiene, animals are not allowed in the cellars.

To better preserve our wines, the temperature inside the cellars is about 16°C, so we suggest that you wear clothes suitable for this temperature and, in summer, that you bring something warm to put on.

Visits to the cellars and tastings are temporarily suspended, in compliance with the anti Covid-19 regulations.

 

For informations and bookings:

    THE TERRITORY

    Montepulciano is a delightful renaissance village in the province of Siena, certified by the Touring Club with the Orange Flag, the tourism-environmental quality mark. In 2018, Forbes included Montepulciano among the must-see Italian destinations for fans of food and wine tourism which combine places of charm, breathtaking landscapes and excellent wines.

    Perched on top of a hill from which you can admire a splendid view of the Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia, Montepulciano is a place that deserves to be visited all year round, as well as being the ideal place from which to discover the part of Tuscany considered to be one of the finest wine regions in the world.

    To Visit

    The elegant buildings, ancient churches, splendid squares and exquisite views that characterise the town centre make Montepulciano a veritable open-air museum, so much so that it has been nicknamed the “Pearl of the 16th century” for its extraordinary cultural and architectural heritage. It is no coincidence that it has been chosen as the set for numerous films including “The Devil in Love” by Ettore Scola, “The English Patient” by Anthony Minghella and, more recently, for “New Moon” in the “Twilight” saga, with scenes filmed between the main square, Palazzo Comunale and what was once Cantina del Redi.

    The historical part of town develops around the main street, “Il Corso”, which, with its historic buildings and craft workshops, links the lower part of the town, from Porta al Prato, to the top of the hill, where Piazza Grande, which hosts numerous cultural events of national and international importance, is located.

    Along the way, it is worth stopping to admire the famous Torre dell’Orologio, the clock tower featuring the figure of Pulcinella, which marks time for the townspeople and for the many tourists who immortalise it in their photos every year.

    Visitors to the Piazza can admire Palazzo Comunale, with its tower and crenellations, reminiscent of those of Palazzo della Signoria in Florence, and the Duomo, dating back to the end of the 16th century, with its large unfinished façade and the extraordinary works that it houses, like the triptych of the Assumption by Taddeo di Bartolo.

    Immediately outside the city walls are the Church of Sant’Agnese with its original Gothic gate and Viviani’s balzana façade, the Medici Fortress by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, the 14th century gate by Gracciano, restored by Sangallo at the beginning of the 16th century, and the temple of the Madonna di San Biagio, another masterpiece by Sangallo, which became a source of inspiration for Michelangelo for his work on St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

    Museums worth visiting are the Museo Civico Pinacoteca Crociani, where, together with numerous archaeological finds, there are over two hundred authentic masterpieces, including a portrait recently attributed to Caravaggio, and the Museo della Tortura Palazzo Bellarmino.

    To Taste

    Montepulciano is the land of Nobile DOCG and Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Vin Santo, Chianti Colli Senesi and Bianco Vergine Val di Chiana.

    Nobile is the ideal wine to accompany the local cuisine, which offers simple but robust and tasty products and dishes: ham, Cinta Senese charcuterie, barbecued Chianina steak, delicious toast with spleen and livers, pansanto made with bread, beans and extra virgin olive oil, often eaten during Lent, and crispy bruschetta.

    The area’s typical pasta dish is pici: handmade spaghetti served with meat sauce. Also worth trying are pappardelle with a sauce made of hare or wild boar, bread soup, grilled porcini mushrooms served with ciaccia, flattened bread dough seasoned with oil, or fresh bread, strictly without salt to give way to all the other flavours.
    Desserts worth mentioning include the famous cantucci, the almond biscuits that are so perfect for dipping in Vinsanto.
    You can taste all these delicacies in an elegant restaurant or a typical trattoria in the heart of the village, or perhaps an agriturismo in the local countryside.

    THE EVENTS

    Slide Every year in February we celebrate the Anteprima of the new vintages of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the DOC in 2016. The event offers operators in the sector and the growing public of wine lovers the chance to taste one of the world's finest wines in the exclusive and magical setting of Montepulciano Fort. The last edition, held in 2020, involved 37 wineries from the area.

    ANTEPRIMA DEL VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO

    Slide In the second half of July, the streets of Montepulciano fill up with music and art, thanks to the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte. The event - created by the composer Hans Werner Henze in 1976 to invite emerging artists from the world of theatre, music and the arts to perform in the splendid Tuscan hills - attracts hundreds of national and international artists every year, along with thousands of tourists and spectators who come to see the extraordinary musical and artistic performances.

    CANTIERE INTERNAZIONALE D'ARTE

    Slide Every August, the eight contrade of Montepulciano compete in the Bravìo delle Botti, the town’s most important folkloristic event. In actual fact, this competition is the culmination of a series of important events that coincide with the celebrations for San Giovanni Decollato, the city's patron saint, on the 29th of August: flag-waving, branding, the presentation of the "Panno del Bravìo" and the historical parade. Obviously, at the end of the day there is no lack of festivities organised by the winning contrada.

    BRAVÌO DELLE BOTTI

    Slide Another event held in the summer - usually just before the Bravìo, in the middle of August - is the Bruscello Poliziano, a popular theatrical event, the first edition of which dates back to 1939. "Bruscello" stems from the term "arboscello” meaning sapling, a symbol of popular and country life: this traditional country theatrical performance involved singing and dancing during the farm workers' breaks. Over the years, the Bruscello has been enriched with characters, performers and plots, becoming one of the most important events in Montepulciano.

    BRUSCELLO POLIZIANO