Top Class Wine Tour: Chianti, Brunello, Nobile

This tour will allow you to taste the three most famous wines: Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti.
You will be picked at your hotel by an English speaking driver and will head off to your first stop in Chianti where you will have the opportunity to taste this world famous wine.
After your stop in Chianti you will then travel on to Montalcino, driving through Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit a local vineyard and wine cellar where you will get to see how Brunello is made.  After your visit you will be treated to a typical Tuscan lunch paired with Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino wines.
After lunch you will travel through the Val d’Orcia and reach the countryside around Montepulciano.  Here you will have the opportunity to visit various wine cellars and learn about the making of Nobile wine. Finally at the conclusion of the tour you will get to taste Rosso di Montepulciano, Nobile di Montepulciano and Riserva Nobile di Montepulciano.  After the wine tasting you will be driven back to your hotel.
The itinerary is subject to change according to the availability of the various wine cellars.

Why choose this Wine tour?
For wine lovers this tour is a must as it allows you to the opportunity in the course of just one day  to taste some of the most famous wines in the world: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano

HISTORY
Brunello di Montalcino

The first modern version of Brunello was produced by Ferruccio Biondi Santi more than a century ago.
Brunello di Montalcino is a red wine produced in Tuscany in the municipality of Montalcino in the province of Siena. Its colour is ruby red, with an intense bouquet, dry flavour and is strong and well balanced. Brunello can only be made in the areas designated by the Consortium and can only be made with the Sangiovese grape.
Brunello di Montalcino must age for at least 2 years in oak barrels and then at least 4 months in bottles and can be sold only on the 1st of January of the year following the 5th year after harvest.  If the total time rises to 6 years, it can be called: Riserva.
In 1980 designation of (DOCG) Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita was granted to the Montalcino region and thus became the first Italian wine region to receive this designation.  This designation ensures the production of Brunello di Montalcino is controlled by strict regulations and guaranteed to be a wine worthy of the name.
Some of the best vintage years for Brunello di Montalcino are: 1945, 1961, 1964, 1970, 1975, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2006 and 2010.

Nobile di Montepulciano
Nobile di Montepulciano is a red wine, with a DOCG designation, produced in Tuscany in the municipal area of Montepulciano.  It is one of the oldest produced wines in Italy. The first mention of this wine was in a Historical and Geographic Dictionary of Tuscany dated in the year 789 AD.
The composition of the wine requires it to contain a minimum of 70% Sangiovese grapevine and no more than 20% of Black Canaiolo along with small amounts of other local varieties. The wine is aged for 2 years with a minimum of 1 year in an Oak container. The length the wine is aged in wood after the required 1 year is up to the individual wine producer. Nobile di Montepulciano can be sold after 2 years from harvest.  If the Nobile wine reaches 12.5% alcohol and after having spent at least 3 years in containers for aging (with at least 6 months in a bottle) this wine can then be called: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva.
Some of the best vintage years for Nobile di Montepulciano are: 1958, 1970, 1975, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1999 (the best vintage ever!) and 2006.

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