One of our dearest gloobles friends, Heleen van Poecke, also just so happens to have the low-down on the unsung Italian gem of Montalcino, hidden away in the Tuscan hills. Her family owns a beautiful winery that stretches across the countryside, just a few minutes' drive outside of the quaint Mediaeval town. If you're lucky (or you plan ahead) you just might get the pleasure of touring their fantastic vineyards. & if you're even luckier, you might sneak a little tasting session of their terrific Brunello, the wine that has made this region famous.
Today, Heleen dishes on all the best places to go in her adoptive hometown & tells us just why this place is so special.
Famous for its “Brunellodi Montalcino,” the lovely hill-top town of Montalcinois a must-see on any trip through Tuscan wine country. The town is small but packed with beautiful old buildings, local shops selling high-quality Tuscan goods & a few beautiful small churches. The charming town square boasts some excellent restaurants & cafés, where you can enjoy a nice meal, coffee or gelato.
Probably one of the most enchanting features of Montalcinois its stunning views, so make sure you take them in whilst you stroll around, as you can see the vine-covered rolling Tuscan hills from different vantage points, as well as from its steep alleyways. Before you head out, don’t forget to treat yourself to some Brunello.
They have two locations, a great restaurant & a super cute coffee place where you can also taste a great selection of Brunellos. Bar EnotecaIl Leccio, which is more of a bar & coffee spot, serves the best espresso in town.
Cafee Fiaschetteria Italiana
This beautiful old-school Italian cafe is small & cosy. When you step inside, you are greeted by mirror-lined walls, plush red seats & beautiful chandeliers. Go here for a coffee, a drink or some lunch or snacks after a stroll through town.
Farmacia Salvioni 1905
France doesn't have all the fun when it comes to top-notch super chic pharmacies. Farmacia Salvioni 1905 is an old-school Italian pharmacy that sells a wide range of beauty products from both Italian & international brands. If that doesn't tempt you enough, it also makes & sells its own Montalcinobrand, Salvioni1905.
Gelateria Why Not?
When you're in Italy, you can't leave without having at least one gelato (if you can keep it to that, we're terribly impressed). So, why not head to Michelle Obama's favourite spot in town. This local gelateria is the go-to and is nestled in the heart of the town square.
You just have to stop by this little shop & restaurant for a lovely lunch or dinner. If you're in the mood to pack a picnic - or bring some delicious souvenirs home - you can do all your organic shopping here, picking up the best of the best from regionally produced olive oils to dry pasta, honey, jams & teas.
And, last but most certainly not least, Poggio Antico, my family's vineyard. Our Brunello winery is only a short 6 minutes outside of the centre of town, & the views alone are worth the trip. You can also arrange wine tours & tastings of our fantastic Brunellodi Montalcinoto make your visit even more enjoyable.