montalcino wine tour

What is Montalcino wine?

Brunello di Montalcino wine is one of Italy’s most famous and important wines. It’s a red wine made from solely from the typical Tuscan grape Sangiovese in the lower part of the region underneath Siena. It’s considered a much more important wine than Chianti Classico due to the amount of time it spends aging before it can be released – 5 years in fact. You can find out more about this red drop in our article all about Montalcino wine

Want to learn more about Montalcino wines? Join Liv on an 7 day tour in Southern Tuscany with Untold Italy. We’ll show you the highlights of the region whilst wining and dining our way around. Includes pickup and drop-off in Rome. Find out more now!

5 Best Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tours

Here’s our 101 breakdown of the best Montalcino wine tours to join in 2024. It’s not an exhaustive list, but a selection of tours that we think you will enjoy.

 

Tour Name Price from Pickup from # Wineries Lunch? Towns Visited Tour Length

Brunello di Montalcino Private Full-Day Tour

€489 Florence 3 Tuscan Lunch None 11 hours

Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour from Florence

€82 Florence 2 Cheese tasting

Pienza

Montalcino

Montepulciano

11 hours

Brunello Guided Wine Tour with Lunch and pickup from Siena

€180 Siena 3

Tuscan

Lunch

Montalcino

Abbey of Sant Antimo

9 hours

Backstage Brunello & Gourmet Wine-Food Tasting with no car pickup

€225 No pickup, your own transport required 1 Gourmet bites No towns visited 2.5 hours

Wine & Wellness 7 Day Tour with Rome pickup

$6290 USD Rome 2 nearly all meals

Civita di Bagnoregio

Abbey of Sant’Antimo

Montalcino

Siena

Bagno Vignoni

Montepulciano

Lake Bracciano

7 days

 

Let’s start with the cremè de la cremè – a private wine tour for you and your loved ones with pickup and drop-off in Florence. If you’re keen to visit this region, there’s no denying that it’s quite a drive from Tuscany’s capital – nearly 2 hours in fact. That said it’s totally doable on a guided tour like this one. 

You’ll visit 3 family-run wineries, enjoying a tour at each and lunch at one of them. You’ll also have a dedicated driver and sommelier with you for the day. The wineries visited on this tour include Franco Pacenti, Tenuta Fanti, and Collosorbo Estate. 

montalcino wine tour from florence

If you’re less concerned with a private experience, this is a wonderful and affordable option that includes pickup from Florence. You’ll visit a winery in Montalcino to try the famous Brunello wine as well as a winery in Montepulciano to try their Vino Nobile. Here you’ll also enjoy some cheese tasting as this area is renowned for their pecorino!

In between the winery visits, this tour includes a stop at cheese obsessed Pienza. It was designed to be a utopia or perfect town by Pope Pius II and is very sweet and romantic. You’ll have some free time to wander here or pick up some lunch.

pecorino cheese

If you’d like to stay closer to the Montalcino wine region, Siena makes for a more convenient base than Florence. This tour includes pickup and drop-off from Siena which cuts your travel time by an hour to get to the wineries. 

This tour includes a stop at three beautiful Brunello di Montalcino wineries where you’ll enjoy a Tuscan lunch at one of them family-run properties. You will enjoy a walk in the vineyards and get to see the cellars where the wine is produced and aged. 

As a bonus, we love that this tour includes a stop in the medieval town of Montalcino itself with free time to explore. It also includes a visit to the wonderful Benedictine Abbey of Sant’Antimo renowned for their special beauty products.

 

Got your own wheels and happy to drive? This is the tour for you at a wonderful Slow Wine winery (Corte Pavone) in Montalcino. This is a real wine lover’s tour as you’ll be toured by the winemaker herself and even get to taste directly from the barrel.  The winemaker will introduce you to their winemaking philosophy.

Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a Gourmet Brunello Cru Tasting of 6 different Brunello di Montalcino wines (1 vintage Brunello, 3 Brunello Cru, and 2 Brunello Cru Riserva) with specially designed Gourmet Bites to accompany each wine. 

Led by Olivia of Italian Wine Tales, this is a 7 day Untold Italy Tour based in the beautiful Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany. For real food and wine lovers, this is a 10 guest maximum tour where we will eat and drink our way around the wineries of Montalcino and Montepulciano, meet the makers of some of Tuscany’s most famous food products like Pecorino cheese and artisan craftspeople, relax at the hot springs, enjoy cooking classes, visit hilltop towns, and even enjoy a ride in a vintage Fiat500. We’d love to have you join us! 

untold italy tuscany tour

Where can you go Montalcino wine tasting?

Don’t have time to head out to a winery but still want to try Brunello di Montalcino? It’s all too easy in Florence! Here’s some of our favorite wine bars where you’ll be able to find a bottle: 

  • Il Santino
  • Le Volpi e L’Uva
  • Vineria Sonora 
montalcino wineries

Self Guided Option: Best Montalcino wineries to visit

There’s no denying that a self-guided winery tour in Italy can be a little clunky to organise. First off, you’ll need to organise your transport. Either hiring a car and having a designated driver, or hiring a driver for the day (which doesn’t come cheap). Secondly, you need to scour for the best Brunello wineries to visit. The booking process can be clunky as it’s not normally possible online with a lot of these wineries, especially if you’re dreaming about visiting a small, boutique family-run winery. Thirdly, language can also be a problem and do not expect that everyone will speak English (although we do find that Tuscany does this better than a lot of other regions). 

We always recommend going with a private or group tour if you really want to enjoy your winery experience. However, here are some wineries that you can contact to organise directly:

Want to learn more about Montalcino wines? Join Liv on an 7 day tour in Southern Tuscany with Untold Italy. We’ll show you the highlights of the region whilst wining and dining our way around. Includes pickup and drop-off in Rome. Find out more now!

Inspired to join some wine tours in Montalcino Italy? Let us know in the comments your favorite Montalcino wine tours and your experiences trying this wine.