ITALY'S BEST HONEY: Settimana del miele 2012

View on cypress and olive trees and Montalcino's fortress
View toward Montalcino's fortress, location of the honey fair

People visit Montalcino to taste fabulous reds at Brunello wineries or to listen to Gregorian chants at the stunning Sant'Antimo abbey. Others just want to drive through the rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia or have discovered Montalcino as an ideal location for a celebrity break. But that's not all.

Every second weekend in September Montalcino hosts the annual honey fair (settimana del miele), during which producers from all over Italy present their natural honeys. The lack of rain and the hot temperatures of summer 2012 have created diffiulties for wine and honey producers alike. Get the background information whilst you taste yourself through some of Italy's best honeys (e.g. the rare erica honey or some of Northern Italy's fine mountain honeys).


Friday, September 7th
10am opening of the market stands in Montalcino's fortress
6pm award handout Premio Ape d'Oro 2012

Saturday, September 8th 
9pm opening of the market stands in Montalcino's fortress
9.30am to 1pm at teatro degli Astrusi (Montalcino's theater), conference on the theme of “burocracy and apiculture”
4pm honey and wine tasting at Montalcino's fortress
5pm guided visit to local honey producers
6pm teatro degli Astrusi, premiation of the competition “Il miele del Sindaco”
6.30pm teatro degli Astrusi - award handover of the “Roberto Franci” honey competition

Sunday, September 9
9am opening of the market stands in Montalcino's fortress (until 7pm)
11am conference at the fortress: “Honey, health and income - how to succeed in apiculture”
4pm fortress: workshop “The tastes of honey”
The honeys that participate at the International Honey Competition can be tasted for free at the fortress under the guidance of an expert.

During the weekend of the honey fair Montalcino's restaurants will serve special menus dedicated to honey.

For further info check: ASGA MONTALCINO
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