Live, taste and connect with the flavours of Brunello di Montalcino at Podere Le Ripi, a biodynamic winery in the heart of the Val d’Orcia. This unique wine tasting experience and tour will not only offer you intimate access to one of Italy’s most prestigious wines, but it will also deepen your understanding of the grapes, terroir, people and passion behind each glass.
Spend your morning visiting the vineyards, touring the wine cellar and tasting five Montalcino red wines, before sitting down for a light farm-to-table lunch made using produce grown on the very land beneath your feet. At the end of the day, retreat sunkissed and satiated to one of our hand-picked luxury villas in Tuscany
, or perhaps one of our family villas if you have young children.
Classic Terroir Wine Tasting, Tour & Lunch at Podere Le Ripi
On the Classic Wine Terroir Tour, you will visit the different biodynamic and Bonsai vineyards at Podere Le Ripi with one of the team’s specialists. The Bonsai vineyard at Podere Le Ripi is the densest vineyard in the world and produces their most exclusive wine.
After the vineyard tour, you will get to visit the fascinating Golden Cellar, built using ancient construction techniques from natural clay bricks and lime mortar. The cellar follows the strict spatial dimensions of the Golden Ratio with stunning effect; a domed building that spirals downhill into the earth.
Enjoy the natural tranquillity and captivating views of the Val d’Orcia from the panoramic tasting room or Pagoda rooftop, while you savour five different wines: Toscana Rosso IGT, Rosso di Montalcino and a vertical tasting of three prestigious Brunello di Montalcino reds. Each Brunello comes from a different vineyard, with a unique terroir, climate and exposure that influences its structure and taste. This intimate tasting will be accompanied by a light lunch prepared by a local chef, including homemade pasta and other seasonal, fresh ingredients that come from the estate’s biodynamic garden.
About Podere Le Ripi
Owned by Francesco Illy, Podere Le Ripi is a boutique biodynamic winery positioned on the slopes of Montalcino. Arriving at Podere Le Ripi is like stepping into a sustainable bubble, where guests are invited to detach from the stresses of the contemporary world and get back to nature. The team at Podere Le Ripi do not believe in the ownership of the land in the Val d’Orcia, instead, they act as custodians, nurturing and caring for the natural world around them so that it can thrive for centuries to come. The entire estate is one biodiverse ecosystem, where all living organisms, plants, animals and people coexist together. These are the values at the heart of every experience at Podere Le Ripi.
The Montalcino Terroir experience is approximately 2 - 2.5 hours long with a flexible start time. A classic wine tour and tasting of five biodynamic Montalcino red wines, accompanied by a light lunch of local cold cuts, organic pecorino cheese and fresh produce from the estate’s garden, followed by a main homemade pasta dish, dessert and coffee.
Included in the price:
- Min 2 — Max 20 people
- Available from April to November
- 2 - 2.5 hours
- Languages: English, Italian
- Transport is not included in the price
- €20 per person for children & non-drinkers
The tour of the estate vineyards, Golden Cellar, tasting of five wines and light lunch prepared by a local chef.