Winery Visit, Poggio Antico in Montalcino
Last summer one set of our guests visited this winery, Poggio Antico, and really enjoyed the tour and tastings. Ben and I decided that before we recommended it to others perhaps we should go see it too. So off we went.
Poggio Antico is located outside Montalcino (view of Montalcino or maybe Sant’Angelo in Colle from the winery). Even though it looks really close on the map it is in the Bermuda Triangle of Tuscany where it takes at least 1.5 hours to get there no matter which way you try. But it is a very pretty drive.
It is a huge property. Modern, clean well kept. The ‘season’ had not yet started and we just showed up unannounced, never the less we were greeted warmly and offered a tour or tastings both of which we declined. (I see the shock on your face, Martha turned down wine??? What??? Is she sick? No, they only make red wine which I really don’t like) We were just there to find the place and to see if the folks were nice, which they are. So we exchanged some information and then were on our way. Since then, I have received a nice, informative email from Eva, who we met. I don’t think she will mind if I include some of it here.
Every year we take great pleasure in welcoming visitors from all over the world, from wine industry professionals, connoisseurs, and collectors to people who are absolute novices, curious to know more about the fascinating world of wine. Given the large number of visitors we welcome annually, reservations are recommended. This allows us to provide the very best service, for which we are well known. Tours are available 7 days a week (holidays included) usually at 11:30 am, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm (the latter would be the most convenient should guests plan to enjoy the dinner afterwards in the Ristorante di Poggio Antico). However, other times are available if for any reason the previously mentioned ones are inconvenient. In the event of other requests for the same day and time, guests may be joining other visitors. For this reason, it is important to arrive on time. Do be aware, we limit our tours to groups of no more than 8-10 people at a time, unless they are of the same party.
There is no charge whatsoever for the cellar tour, which can be conducted in Italian, English and German, and lasts about 45 minutes. When combined with a tasting, the complete tour takes about 1.5 hours.
The tasting costs from 2,00 Euros up to 22,00 Euros per person, depending on which wines and how many wines are sampled from our selection: Rosso di Montalcino, Madre, Brunello, Altero and Brunello Riserva.
All of our products, wine, grappa and extra virgin olive oil, are available for purchase in our tasting area. Shipping, with a few exceptions, is available worldwide.
As previously mentioned, often guests who come to the cellar choose to combine their visit with lunch or dinner on site. Poggio Antico actually offers also a fine-dining restaurant on the premises, independently run by Mr. Giovanni Luca Di Pirro (Chef) and his wife Paola Angelini (Restaurant Manager),guaranteeing an exceptional dining experience at reasonable prices, amongst elegant and charming surroundings. Giovanni Luca proposes a splendid review of typical regional dishes steeped in local tradition, and reliant on the availability of high quality fresh ingredients. With a choice of “A’ la carte” dining with its wonderful proposals or of trying one of the three carefully designed “Tasting menus” the restaurant never fails to delight.
Moreover, while dining, guests enjoy the stunning views across the vines to the hilltop hamlet of Sant’Angelo in Colle and towards Monte Amiata. On very clear days, the sparkle of the sea is visible on the horizon. When weather permits, it is possible to dine outside on the terrace. There is no dress code at the restaurant therefore casual attire is just fine. Children are warmly welcomed and can run or play safely in the ample space outside the restaurant and the cellar.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Seating times are from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, then from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. From April to October it is closed on Mondays. From November to March it is closed on Sunday nights and all day on Mondays. If of interest, we can easily take table reservations as well, so that you may correspond with one counterpart only, for your convenience. Otherwise, for further information on the , you can contact them directly at phone +39 0577 849200.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need any further information.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Very best regards,
So there you have it. A good way to spend a day in the area if you are visiting with us.