Today we took a trip to Tuscany for a wine tasting, vineyard and wine cellar tour! We started out the trip at the beautiful city of Montepulciano,Tuscany. The first stop on the tour was a winery called Citta’s Sotterranea which translates to Citta’s Underground in English. The name is fitting for a wine cellar but this place is much more than that. We learned that the building used to be a torture chamber for criminals and they would often torture them and make them produce the wine as well.
After the tour we went to the wine tasting area where we sampled four types of red wines, three types of pecorino cheese and two types of salami. I learned that I’m not a red wine person. It wasn’t bad but not my forte. The cheeses, however, were beyond amazing! It was so good I had to buy a wheel of the pecorino cheese to take back to the states with me!
After the wine tasting we walked around the neighborhood. There were a lot of small shops which sold antiques, clothes and souvenirs. I managed to buy a few good souvenirs for my family and friends. The town was on a hill and at the top of it was a beautiful view of Tuscany. We took a few photos and headed back down the hill. On our way down we found a cute little store which sold sandwiches with the locally made cheeses and meats. I got a sandwich( or hoagie as we call it in Jersey ) with pecorino cheese, salami and prosciutto . Of course it was delicious!
The next place we went to was a vineyard in Montalcino, Tuscany. This wine tasting took place on a private estate with an adjacent vineyard and cellar. We went on a tour of the cellar and vineyard and learned more about the production of wine. After the tour we sampled four types of red wine that was produced there. They were okay, but again, I’m not really a fan of red wine. After the tasting we walked around the estate and took pictures of the beautiful view.
Although I’m not a wine fanatic, The trip to Tuscany was great! I ate good food and saw beautiful views! It was truly a great experience!