Brunello, with Style
In the heart of the Orcia Valley, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural beauty, sits a lovely medieval hamlet now owned by Massimo Ferragamo, a member of the Florentine fashion empire. Since purchasing the land in the early 2000s, Ferragamo has transformed it into a noted resort—now operating under the Rosewood brand—with a spa, golf course, gourmet restaurants, and plush rooms. It’s also got an excellent winery, mainly producing Brunello di Montalcino, which non-guests of the hotel are invited to visit. The signature Wine Experience is about two hours, and includes a walk through one of the Sangiovese vineyards, a winery tour, and a tasting of six wines, accompanied by platters of cheese, fresh bread, and local olive oil and honey. Private wine-and-cheese pairings, upgraded vertical tastings of Brunello or Prima Pietra, and a chance to taste from the barrel are also available. If your tour doesn't include a stop at the Campo del Drago vineyard, ask if you can visit it on your own; it might rank as one of Italy’s most beautiful.
By Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
Castiglion del Bosco’s personal ad is enticing: 800-year old Tuscan estate with 4,000-plus acres, a Brunello winery, two restaurants and a pool seeks discerning guests for sun and friendship…Castiglion del Bosco is the fifth largest producer of Brunello di Montalcino (a lush red), so have a guided tour of the winery. A tasting session is obligatory. The gardens are in good hands – they’re tended to by the Vatican’s man.
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