Appreciating and being familiar with Senese wines is one of the ways to discover and love the peculiarities of this land, notoriously rich in vineyards, historic wine cellars, excellent restaurants and wine bars.
Would you like to know what products you should definitely taste during a stay in Siena? This brief guide provides some landmarks to know which are the most representative local wines, a sought after place by those looking for the beauty in all its shapes.
Brunello di Montalcino
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The Italian red wine with increased longevity, together with Barolo, is Brunello di Montalcino, which owes its name to the dark red grapes produced locally.
Montalcino is 40 kilometers far from Siena and is one of the most popular destinations among wine and food lovers, who come here at the wineries that organize guided tours and tastings. For information, visit the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino: http://www.consorziobrunellodimontalcino.it/index.php?lg=it&p=50.
It’s essential to know that Brunello is produced exclusively with Sangiovese grapes and it goes along with dishes of roast meat and game.
The area called Colli Senesi is renowned for its vineyards and the red wine Chianti Colli Senesi is produced with Sangiovese and other grapes (the maximum percentage of other grapes allowed is of 25%). It’s a wine with alcohol content lower than the other Chianti and is easy to drink even for those who don’t usually drink wine.
We suggest you to pair it with ribollita, pappardelle with rabbit sauce, loin steak and cheese pecorino di Asciano.
The Chianti wine stands for excellence, so much so that some British travelers are used to call this area the Chiantishire, the part of Tuscany that many people have chosen for home.
The Chianti Classico is a must for anyone going on holiday in Siena and is a wine that you can pair with all the typical dishes of Tuscan cuisine. In particular, if is aged, it is recommended for red or white meat, or with cheese. The towns where is produced are Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti.
In Siena there are also excellent white wines such as Vernaccia, typical of the sunny area of San Gimignano and especially recommended if you taste a vintage wine. This is the first Italian wine to receive the DOC label (now DOCG) and the area of production is very restricted, because it coincides with the town of San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers that dot the landscape.
Taste Vernaccia with appetizers and seafood dishes, or try it with the aperitif.
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Did you know that the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of the oldest in Italy and that the Etruscans were probably the first to produce it?
Over the centuries, many people have to praise the quality of this wine, for example, the poet Francesco Redi, which celebrated Noble Wine in its poem Bacchus in Tuscany.
Regarding the pairings, we recommend it for roasts, or white meat, game, poultry and pheasant.
In an ideal menu you cannot miss a dessert wine, because Siena is also famous for its traditional sweets. So we must remember you to enjoy the Passito del Santo, who comes from raisins of Sinalunga area, La Pieve in detail.
We suggest tasting Passito with Ricciarelli or Cavallucci, an irresistible combination!
If you are in Siena in January, our tip is to take advantage of the event Aperitivi delle Feste, scheduled every Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm until 30th January at the Enoteca Italiana in Medicea Fortress.
It’s a wine tasting from all over Italy, following the theme of the festivities: you can find out what to drink on special occasions and appreciate new wines thanks to the advices of the sommelier.
Each wine of Senese province encloses different features and intense flavors, just like the natural show of the landscape that you will see once arrived in Siena.
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