You know that you have a good wine guide when you go to local, family-owned vineyards that you would have never found on your own. Davide from Tuscan Wine Somm was just that – fantastic!
One of the mornings we were in Florence, we were picked up by Davide and were whisked away to the gorgeous wine country of Montalcino. On our way, we went through the countryside and it was everything you think of when you picture Tuscany. Rolling hills, dreamy flowers, and vineyards everywhere.
Our wine tour with Davide started with Capanna, which is a family-run vineyard. In fact, it has been owned by the Cencioni family since 1957! Their prices are still so low because the family does not want to raise the prices. I thought that was a really neat fact. The grounds of Capanna are insanely beautiful – every step you take, there is something new to capture on your camera. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of their flowers, they were everywhere!
Once we finished touring the grounds, we began the wine tour and the tasting. This was so educational. I kept saying “Wow, we don’t learn this kind of stuff during wine tastings in the US!” We learned how to properly sip, smell, hold our glass (even though I already knew some of this stuff), how they made the wine, why it takes so long to make it, what the DOC and DOCG labels mean, the process of wine making in Montalcino and Italy in general, and more. So much amazing information was learned that morning!
I wish I would have written this down so that I had accurate facts, but I believe that we tried the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino, Sant’Antimo Rosso, Moscadello di Montalcino, and a dessert wine that I wish I remembered the name of! All of the wines were amazing. My favorite was definitely the Brunello’s, and I really liked the dessert wine, which surprised me because they are typically not my favorite wines. It was a lot sweeter than I was used to, and it wasn’t too ‘liquoury’ (if that is even a word?).
If you are headed to Tuscany, I highly recommend booking Davide and making a trip to Capanna – it was a great morning that we will never forget. In fact, we liked it so much that we left with 12 new bottles of Capanna wine! 🙂
Stay tuned for my next vineyard review soon!