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Chianti to Montalcino. An unforgettable tour for any oenophile.

- Itália , Toscana , Vinho , Visitas a vinícolas Posted by Bia and Euzébio - March 10, 2011 - Italy , Tuscany , Wine , wineries visits

It was late spring of 2010. I and 8ia were already enjoying a sensational achievement: in place of the traditional hotels rented a Tipic to the stone house Tuscany (rural area of Panzano in Chianti). Describe this passage deserves a separate chapter. This will limit myself to speak of our swivel Chianti to Montalcino.

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S Aimos of Panzano towards Montalcino. Was predicted to take about an hour and a half to travel the 85 km that separated us. But the fact of being first-timers for that route and also taking into account that we were going to rural areas in search of a producer of Brunellos, we thought it good out much earlier.
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We follow well the first passage through the bends and tireless scenarios Via Chiantigiana (S-222). Soon after Siena, which is about halfway, we needed to follow by another local road. So we did and it appeared that we would come to visit early.

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All the good progress of the trip began to flounder, oddly enough, when we got to Mo n talcino . We were looking for a small producer. No posters, signs or even paved road to contribute to the search. My co-pilot felt that we were close. I, on the other hand, suspected that we should move on and so we did. Good walk kilometers and the horizon began to appear signs of Montepulciano . It was the evidence that we had passed the point. Although we were in a gorgeous spot, we were afflicted to come, after all were waiting for us in full sun. Already back to Montalcino, a kind of local Cooperative got a map with Quote all local producers and there was our target: Caprili . It is true that the map of the land back roads helped a lot and without it hardly arrive, but I confess: it was hard!
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The first moments in Azienda Caprili were as striking as tasting of premium products they make. Incidentally, one thing complemented the other and became memorable for us. We were warmly welcomed by one of the member-owners who took us to the cappo that was on a tractor, plowing. Right there, in the midst of the vineyard, talked about the type of soil in the region, the rains that had been intense at the beginning of the year and should delay av i Ndima; talk about the family tradition, the difficulties, the option to export (that good that Brazil is on their list!), among many other points that were highly aware of that professional family.

Owners and brothers, Paolo and Paola


Throughout the visit we realized the quality of people with whom we were dealing. All this aroused in a huge admiration. We passed the production area for the charge area with oaks IUG the slavos (type casks where Brunellos age very well) and finally, almost to his knees, We tasted the products. In addition to the wines, a ham of the region and the extra-virgin olio of them take us to heaven (!).
If the return of any great ride leaves a hint of sadness, I confess that that we were still provided with an easy detail: we were in Tuscany and the way back to her curves, cypresses, villages, sunflowers and hills would be a complement that beautiful experience.
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Practical tips:

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Some of their wines are sold in the Enoteca Decanter (BH).
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Panzano in Chianti is about 30 km from Florence. Access by car. Has no regional train;

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