November 5, 2011

San Gimignano to Montalcino

Once we left Volterra we had a short drive through wine country and arrived at small, medieval San Gimignano. This walled town, known for its towers, was a bustling tourist stop. We got the gist of it in just under 2 hours and then were back on the road.

Our drive to our next stop, Montalcino, was definitely our longest. It wasn't long before we were questioning our decision to take the roundabout route through the country instead of sticking to the main highways. Eventually we were highly rewarded as we passed through small towns on our way down a scenic winding road through wooded hills.

Although we didn't have time for any formal winery tours we passed through a couple and did a tasting of the regions famous Brunello and others at Argiano. Montalcino itself is a hilltop town surrounded by larger wineries such as Banfi. They say that if you do not like wine, you may not appreciate Montalcino. Needless to say we had a fantastic time enjoying the frequent stops for tastings as we wandered through this quaint medieval town.


  1. I am fond of going to winery and vineyards. I also have a collection of wines from different countries. :)