Via Colonica, 1, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
Photo courtesy of Avignonesi Winery
Wine, Ferraris, and Hot-Air BalloonsThe true character of the Montepulciano terroir takes center stage at this noted winery, which, since 2009, has been adhering to organic and biodynamic methods. During a visit to the facility, there are lots of ways to experience the richness of the landscape—from tasting wines made from estate-grown grapes to floating in a hot-air balloon over the vineyards. The classic tour and tasting includes a visit through the two main vineyards and the winery, including the drying rooms, aging cellar, and barrel tunnel, as well as a lesson in biodynamic viticulture. Other tours are available that include activities like a wine-paired lunch, cooking class, hot-air balloon ride, or even a drive through the countryside in a Ferrari. Whichever you choose, you'll savor glasses of beautiful reds (including Vino Nobile di Montepulciano), sweet Vin Santo, and bracing grappa.