La Vineria di Montepulciano
Via di Gracciano Nel Corso 101, Montepulciano
“Montepulciano is beautiful, but STEEP,” says Voigtmann. This “perfect little wine bar” is exactly the place you want to rest your legs. The selection of wine is as impressive as you’d expect from a world-class wine bar in a world-class wine town. The vibe is relaxed, the bar is small and bright, and the salumi e formaggi boards are very generous. Pace yourself—you still have to get back to the car.
Cugisi Cheese Farm
Via della Boccia 8, Montepulciano
Tuscany is as renowned for its wine as it is for its Pecorino, and perhaps no cheese farm does it better than Cugusi. You can tour the dairy, meet the sheep, or cut to the chase and just stock up from the store. Whatever you buy, you’ll wish you bought more. “This famed cheesemaker also offers a picnic-basket service with products from its farm,” says Voigtmann. “It’s the perfect way to enjoy a picnic overlooking Montepulciano.”
Via Villa Bianca 15, Montepulciano
This is an “organic, biodynamic Vino Nobile producer just outside Montepulciano,” explains Voigtmann. In a region known for wine tours, theirs stands out. What’s especially remarkable is Salcheto’s “innovative zero-emissions wine making process.”
Casanova di Neri
Via Traversa dei Monti, Montalcino
This is the place for people who are very serious about their Brunello and their food. Very serious. “It’s not controversial to say that Giacomo Neri is Montalcino’s most famous and influential producer of Brunello,” says Voigtmann. “The tasting room is always open for a visit, but a private lunch in the secret dining room is an unforgettable experience.”
Buon Gusto Gelateria
Via delle Case Nuove 26, Pienza
“Simply the best gelato” in a town—and a country for that matter—known for its gelato. It’s tiny, there’s always a line, and give up any notion that you could actually get a table. But the gelato flavors change regularly because they’re all based on what’s local and fresh, and BuonGusto has never, not once, served a scoop that’s less than heavenly.
Via Colonica 4, Montepulciano
It’s what you dream of when you dream of Tuscany: Avignonesi is the Platonic ideal of a Tuscan winery, hills rolling in every direction, an estate that could be home to a royal family, and a selection of wines to impress any sommelier. “Avignonesi is the top producer of Vino Nobile,” says Voigtmann. “And its wine-tasting lunch is a great way to let a day completely get away from you.”
Podere Le Ripi
Località Le Ripi, Montalcino
“The drive alone is worth the visit to this stunningly positioned organic Brunello producer—and then there’s the wine,” says Voigtmann. This is a biodynamic vineyard in Montalcino that boasts some of the best Rosso di Montalcino in all of Montalcino. Amore & Magia (“love and magic”) is as lovely as the name suggests, and Sebastian is always happy to help you ship a few cases home. If you can, tour the cantina—you can’t believe anyone could do this with bricks.
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