Montalcino is located to the west of Pienza, close to the Crete Senesi in Val d’Orcia. It is 42 kilometres (26 mi) from Siena, 110 kilometres (68 mi) from Florence and 150 kilometres (93 mi) from Pisa.
If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or simply love red wines, chances are you heard of the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine.
Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino. Brunello, a diminutive of bruno, which means brown, is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino. In 1879 the Province of Siena’s Amphelographic Commission determined, after a few years of controlled experiments, that Sangiovese and Brunello were the same grape variety, and that the former should be its designated name. In Montalcino the name Brunello evolved into the designation of the wine produced with 100% Sangiovese.
In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation and today is one of Italy’s best-known and most expensive wines.
There’s more to see in Montalcino than is presented in these photos, but you have to cut corners when you travel with a <2 years old child and you go only to stroller-friendly places.
These photos were taken on 16th of October 2016.