We had been advised to go to Montepluciano. Today, like most others it seems, saw us get up, lounge around for a while, slowly pull ourselves together and then head out at the crack of 2PM. OK – that might be a slight exaggeration, but I am not far off in that. We don’t seem to move too quickly around here. We are however at odds with the locals and their three hour lunch break – so we need to sort out our rhythm a bit.
I don’t think I have mentioned this, but it’s been in the upper 30’s for days. Hot hot hot and sunny, so my single pair of pants has been officially retired and the new battle seems to be between my two pair of shorts. Who says packing light is a good thing? We make our way to Montepulciano through lovely rolling hills and as we are on our approach, we become slightly confused as to which hilltop our destination lies upon: there seem to be a large number of these walled towns here. This hilltop has been settled since the 4th – 3rd centuries BC and is now famous worldwide for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
So aren’t we the lucky ones when we roll into town to discover that today is a celebration of their wines? Yes, for the low price of 10 euros, you are outfitted with a wine glass in a leather holster to hang around your neck and given 8 tickets to sample either the vino nobile or the proseco. You can do this while wandering through the gorgeous village – they have conveniently set up tables so that you don’t need to go out of your way at all. And to further add to your enjoyment, they have live music stationed throughout the town. So the 1.5 mile relatively steep climb through the most beautiful village so far is no problem at all 🙂 Have I mentioned that I have a penchant for proseco?