We are going back to Montalcino for a couple of days in September 2009 as part of our honeymoon. Can anyone recommend a few wine tours? Obviously, there's Banfi...
Sounds like a wonderful trip. You've already figured at Banfi. The Montalcino TI can provide a list of more than 150 regional wineries in the countryside surrounding Montalcino. Any of them producing from the Sangiovese grosso grape will be good, assuming you mean to drink Brunello di Montalcini. The largest producer of Brunello is actually an American family, the Mariani family, in 1978 they established Castello Banfi in the southern part of the Montalcino zone. What wines you buy will be decided partly by how many years until you intend to drink them.
We just happened on a small winery called Mozart In Vigna - Paradiso Di Frassina. We really enjoyed it. They are in collaboration with Florence University and have 48 Bose speakers throughout the vineyard playing Mozart music. It's a great way to view the vineyard but they do it for the grapes! They are great people and have wonderful wines. After the tasting you can wander the vinyards on your own if you like. Check out their website at www.alparadisofrassina.it
Have a wonderful trip - you will love it!
Fattoria dei Barbi-Cinnelli Colombini property landowners in Montalcino since 1352. I was there in May 2007 with 3 family members. We arrived too late for the lunch / there was no wine tour for Sat. afternoon YET they opened their winery for us to have a tour--set out cheese-bread-meats and we tasted the best wine I have ever had the privilege to drink AND at no cost to us unless we wanted to buy the Brunello wine' We were then recommended to visit a new winery. LA CROCE di Paola Benocci. The owner was out mowing his yard; he stopped and invited us in to taste his wine. You will love Montalacino. Nancy from St Lucie West, FL