Montepulciano / Vino Orcia
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Tuscany’s oldest wines dating back centuries. Vino Orcia is a fledgling appellation with interesting blends but mostly breathtaking scenery. They are adjoining zones with many small and medium-sized wineries so be prepared to sip a lot. From Montepulciano head west (slowly) to Pienza. This spectacular town is a must stop, as is San Quirico. Have lunch at Osena with homemade pastas by my dearest friend Rosanna. From there, head south to Bagno Vignoni, another must, then up to Rocca D’Orcia. Make sure you’re dead sober before you climb to the top of the watchtower. From here east to Montechiello. The view from here in the late afternoon is the stuff of dreams. Back to Montepulciano, up a serpentine road that seems right out of a James Bond movie. This will be a day you won’t forget.