Begin your day in the morning with a drive through the picturesque landscapes of the UNESCO world heritage Val d’Orcia valley and arrive to a beautiful and historical thermal centre, Bagno Vignoni. Enjoy leisure time soaking up the views, visiting the pretty medieval centre with its large sixteenth century hot water pool and tasting local products in the town’s bars and stores.
From Bagno Vignoni we continue on to the famous wine region where Brunello is produced, here we first stop at a family run winery where we are introduced to the owners and winemakers and visit the farm before sitting down to enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal accompanied by the area’s delicious wines.
In the afternoon we stop to visit the stunning ancient mystical Benedictine abbey of Sant'Antimo, a special place set in fabulous landscapes, which permeate peace and tranquility, truly one of the main wonders of Tuscany. Whenever possible you can witness the monks sing in Gregorian and enjoy the nature surrounding this abbey.
Before returning to your accommodation we visit a second Brunello winery where we get a detailed description of the wine making processes, learn about the tools used, the way the vines are cared for and aged in oak barrels. After visiting the cellars and getting to know the winemakers we sit down for a last tasting of this nectar of the gods.
Of the 230 such wineries of the area we normally choose to visit medium and small sized wineries as we believe that they make more characteristic artisanal wines, that are harder to find and, to us, more complex and interesting than the mass produced wines of the large wineries.
See the thermal centre of Bagno Vignoni
Farm lunch at family run winery
Visit 2 Brunello wineries
Leisure time in the hill town of Montalcino
Enjoy the tranquillity of the Abbey of Sant Antimo