WINE TASTING AT THE BRUNELLO MUSEUM





WINE TASTING AT THE BRUNELLO MUSEUM
On seven Saturdays all through April and May, the Brunello museum hosts wine tastings of selected Montalcino wineries. Visit the museum's exhibition which concentrates on the wine town's history and the tools of the artisans, which used to make Montalcino's fame through the centuries before Brunello came along. 
Saturday afternoons from 2.30 pm to 6 pm. Tickets for museum admission and Brunello wine tasting 10 € per person. (Note to the budget traveler: this is a great deal, considering that you'll get to taste each time wines from 4 different Brunello wineries).  



TAILOR-MADE IN MONTALCINO: SARTORIA PRINCIPE

In a town where most peopble live on Brunello, it's a relief to see that some still don't. When the flower shop on Montalcino's main square closed down over a year ago, everybody expected that yet another wine shop was about to be opened. But instead of cases of wine, two beautiful old Singer sewing machines were unpacked and bales of prime Italian fabric were delivered. 


Tailor Renata Principe and her Singer sewing machine

Twenty years ago every Italian town used to have a tailor on the main street. One of my favorite ones can still be found in Umbria, where Sartoria Trabalza has managed to resist the tide of globalization on Bevagna's beautiful town square. And thanks to Renata Prinicipe's artisan spirit another one has just been born in Montalcino. Craftswomenship has been running through her family for generations, and from clothes to table linens every single piece in the shop is handmade by Renata, her sister and her mom.


Renata Principe and her mom inside their tailor shop in Montalcino

12 MONTHS OF BRUNELLO: MARCH IN MONTALCINO

March morning near Montalcino

If you're an orderly type of person, visit Montalcino in March when vineyards look all spick and span, because not just winter but also the pruning of the vines has come to an end. 

But it won't last. Give Vitis Vinifera a few weeks and she'll be all over the place again, helter skelter together with the rest of Tuscany's nature, which goes berserk in April and May. 


Freshly pruned Brunello vineyard in March

Cut off wood in a pruned vineyard and near Castelnuovo dell'Abate


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