Unfortunately for this trip, we didn’t have time to do site visits in Montelpuciano. But we decided that since we had to drive through it on-route to Umbria that we should stop in for lunch and try to try into track down a bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (from a producer we are interested in) DEI. They are not as famous as Avignonesi (already at Marquis) but come highly recommended!
We made our way to this lovely towering city on top a high hilltop (lots of stairs to hike up)! Apparently this is also where the latest Twilight movie was recently filmed (New Moon). Since I am totally out of the loop on these things and could really care less and didn’t think much of it (however there is movie paraphernalia everywhere and the locals are quite proud to have had this in their town.
Fabulous drive between Montalcino and Montelpuciano – the gentlemen from our hotel described a certain part of the route that was near being UNESCO certified but we couldn’t tell where!
We climbed the windy roads and arrived with a clear mission and little time. Hiking our way to the main piazza, we were struck by how quiet it was. There have been very few tourists in most places we have been so far, and Montelpuciano is no exception.
What a cool, secluded little town…..and locals are so proud of their Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – a red wine made from Sangiovese . They call it “Prugnolo Gentile”. After a simple pasta lunch, we headed down to the wine shop recommended by our server. CLOSED!!! 2:00pm and closed. SKUNKED! We would have to find DEI at VinItaly!
Onward to Umbria, a region we are stoked to support and discover. We have been reading a lot about the value/quality ratio found here and also of the beautiful landscapes and food – let’s hope we don’t get lost!!!
More to come from the Italian Stallions from Umbria!!
Leah & Cole
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