Not far from Siena in the beautiful area of Tuscany in Italy is the town of Montalcino. Known primarily today for its Brunello di Montalcino wine, this hilltop town has a long and rich history so commonplace in Italy. The fortress, the duomo, and the narrow winding streets make this a most charming place to visit.
The fortress was built around 1361 and offers spectacular views of the surrounding area.
One of the most memorable places we visited was Sesta di Sopra winery. Ettore and Enrica welcomed us into their home for an intimate tasting of some wonderful wines.
Brunello di Montalcino is made from the Sangiovese grape; the most widely planted red grape varietal in Italy. The first official vintage of this wine was released in 1888 after aging in wood for 10 years. Over many years it has developed a smooth, tannic richness that makes it one of Italy’s most popular wines today. Because Brunello classified wines must age for a very long time, 30% of each vintage production is required to be used to make the “second wine” which is called Rosso di Montalcino.