A Walk Through Montepulciano in Pictures
Our agrtourismo was planted in the midst of a sea of bright, luscious vineyards. Rows and rows of vibrant green vines producing the seductive wines of Montepulciano lined the hills and teased us in the distance. The panorama was so real and appeared so close that I could reach into the sundrenched Tuscan horizon and snap off a juicy Sangiovese berry. This was terrior, and we were lodging in the middle of it. From our balcony, we could get lost for hours just breathing in the fresh country air and the view that until now had only been a dream.
But yet, something was calling us away. Teasing us. Luring us out of our wine induced trance. An ancient voice. The town of Montepulciano stood a mere mile away overlooking our overlook. Protecting us like it has done the surrounding countryside against enemy attacks for centuries. Except our enemy was not the Republic of Siena, but the temptation of a wine coma. We listened to its calling.
Whenever we had an extended downtime during our week long culinary excursion, we became restless even with our perch overlooking the vineyard. We were entranced by Montepulciano and its centuries of history, culture, and gastronomical delights. What past lay behind those ancient walls? What mysteries were found buried in the layers of caves beneath the city? More importantly, what wine cellars would we stumble upon while exploring those caves?
Our driver would drop us at the gates of the city, and we would amble for hours getting lost in the village’s streets, alleyways, and stairways. Stopping in at cheese stops for samples. Savoring a mid-morning snack of gelato. Sipping a cappuccino for a quick pick-me-up. Chasing any sign that read “free wine tasting”, especially if it teased with a tour within the caves. Delighting on a meal of Tuscan fare.
What follows is a photo montage of Montepulciano, the town that is the center of the connoisseur of wine regions. Pour a glass of red wine and enjoy!
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