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Chianti to Montalcino. An unforgettable ride 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: instead of the traditional hotels rented a tipic to the stone house Tuscany (rural area of Panzano in Chianti). Describing this passage deserves a separate chapter. This will limit myself to talk about our swivel Chianti to Montalcino.

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S Aimos of Panzano towards Montalcino. Was predicted to bring about an hour and a half to go through 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 the countryside in search of a producer of Brunellos, we thought it good out much earlier.
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We follow well the first stretch through the bends and tireless scenarios Via Chiantigiana (S-222). Soon after Siena, which is roughly 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 smooth 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 . Was the evidence that we had passed the point. Although we were in a gorgeous spot, we were anxious to arrive, after all were waiting for us on a Sunday. Already back to Montalcino, a kind of local cooperative acquired a map with reference of all local producers and there was our target: Caprili . It is true that the map of the earth lanes helped a lot and hardly without him 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 partner-owners who took us to the cappo that was on a tractor, plowing the land. Right there, amid the vineyard, talked about the type of soil in the region, the rains had been intense at the beginning of the year and should delay av i Ndima; We 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 conscious of that professional family.

Owners and brothers, Paolo and Paola


Throughout the visit we were realizing 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 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 them take us to heaven (!).
If the return of any great ride leaves a hint of sadness, I confess that that we were even treated to a simple 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. Car access. Has regional train;

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