One of the things Italy is best known for is their wine and vineyards. I'm not a big wine drinker but members of my family are. We had delicious wines with all our meals, lucky to say. One day when we were staying at the villa, most of the family (not me) went out to lunch at a wine bar in Montalcino and then traveled to the Brunello Winery, located 120 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. I stayed close to the villa and went down to the lake and up into the hills with my brother and Stefana's brother (extended family here).
The winery is best known for their red wine called Brunello de Montalcino. Bruno is a male given name which means brown and this grape is a variety that has been grown in the area since the 19th century. In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation and today is one of Italy's best-known and most expensive wines.
|Three bottles from Brunello de Montalcino|
The wine-tasters brought two bottles home, if I remember correctly, and we drank them for dinner!
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