At Podere le Ripi we tend to take the wine experience in Montalcino very seriously. We don’t just assume that everyone is a wine expert, but rather a wine lover that wants to find out more about what we do and why. A wine tour and tasting in Montalcino should be an experience to remember and cherish, or at least that’s how we see it!
We are a biodynamic winery boutique in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, approximately 15 minutes east from the town of Montalcino (you can download the driving directions here). Join us and discover the estate in a relaxed atmosphere, while enjoying the breathtaking view of the UNESCO world site Val D’Orcia.
The Wine Tour and Tastings are on-demand and always private... we care about your privacy.
You will be guided by our experienced staff throughout the whole winemaking journey: from the farming in the vineyard all the way to the processing of the grapes in our Wine Cellar cave, to end up in our tasting room where you will be able to choose between three different types of wine tastings. Our guys are not tour guides, but wine experts, winemakers, cellar masters and agronomists and they will be making your Montalcino wine tour experience worthwhile.
So, groove on the view of our centenary olive trees and our vineyards during the guided tour. From Lupi e Sirene single vineyard: the high-density vineyard, to the Bonsai vineyard, the densest in the world with more than 62.500 plants/H. Enjoy walking through the Golden Cellar, built underground following ancient roman architectural techniques, this golden ratio-inspired building was completely constructed by hand without any reinforced concrete. You will be explained the productive processes of the biodynamic farming philosophy from the processes of tillage and vinification to that of refinement of the wine. In the end, just to top off your tasting experience, in the peace and quietness of our panoramic tasting room, you will be savouring our finest wines, including our Brunello di Montalcino. You will have the possibility of choosing among different typologies of Wine Tastings often accompanied by a drop of our olive oil (when available!).
The Wine Experience at Podere le Ripi has recently been included among the 12 best Wine Tours and Tastings to have around Florence by CN Traveller... just sayin'!
Wine Tour and Tasting Terroir Experience
What you are going to do: Private tour of our vineyards followed by a tasting of 5 wines coming from different expositions and soil, where you will be learning to describe the sensory differences that you will perceive. In our opinion the best way to immerse yourself in the complexity of the soil and its outcome. The wine tasting will include our super Tuscan, three Brunello di Montalcino and a Brunello Riserva. Each wine coming from different vintages, soils and sun exposition. All representing the best expression of the values of this land. During the tasting we also serve water, cheese and a taste of our olive oil (if available).
Who it is for: for wine lovers eager to see and taste the difference between different terroirs and their outcomes.
How much: € 40,00 per person
For how long: 1h - 1h and a half
Booking: Upon request (everyday: 9:00/18:00)
The Tuscan Garden ExperienceNew
In order to really understand the beauty of Brunello, you must think like a true Farmer:
This tour path is designed as a learning game, purposely made for both adults and young kids, families and friends. Its the most hands-on tour, where we will be showing you our biodynamic Garden, introducing you our to animals and our most important Brunello vineyards. It is also the perfect excuse for showing off and have you pick and eat our beautifully grown tomatoes, carrots, pumpkins, salad, zucchini, strawberries (and lots of other fruits and vegetables). Don't worry, we'll dress you up is farmer clothing from head to toe, so you'll feel like one of us and we won't feel bad if you get dirty!
We will be introducing the concept of microclimatic differences, and the respectful practices of biodynamic farming. We'd like to explain how understanding and respecting your land is part of Montalcino culture and how it's what allows us to become great winemakers. Without the understanding and the respect of our soil, there wouldn't be any wine.
Who it is for: if you want to spend a day immersed in nature, picking and eating organic fruits, if you’re travelling with friends and family and if you have young kids and would love to see them running around chasing chickens and feeding our donkeys (or the goats..or the cow..pick the one you prefer.)!
Also great if you like to get your hands dirty and you are curious to learn more about farming, Tuscan culture and winemaking in one of the most important wine regions of the world (Montalcino!).
It also includes: Tour of our biodynamic garden, meeting and feeding of our farm animals, tour of the Brunello vineyards and Brunello di Montalcino wine tasting.
For how long: 3h
How much: email us for more info.
To be a Great Winemaker you must be a Great Farmer first...
Live a unique experience visiting our tuscan garden
And if you like flying...
Fly Brunello Tour: the Brunello experience in Helicopter
We will be in charge of organizing your day, showing you the best of the Tuscan wine regions from a Helicopter, with exclusive wine tours in two prestigious wineries of Montalcino: Podere le Ripi and Castiglion del Bosco. Conclude your day having lunch at Silene’s, Michelin star restaurant on the Amiata Mountain. The helicopter pick up/drop off can be arranged depending on your location.
starting from €6.000 for up to 6 people (the price is conceived per helicopter)
approx. 5 hours
Upon request (everyday: 9:00/18:00)
See a preview of what awaits you