In need of some Valentine’s Day inspiration? Nigel Buxton picks ten top romantic spots in Europe’s wine regions to share a bottle with that special someone
Romantic destinations for wine lovers: Brunello di Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
The Fattorie di Donatella Cinelli is a wine estate of medieval ancestry near the village of Trequanda in the Val d’Orcia (a World Heritage site) in charming Montalcino. As well as a traditional Brunello (which tends to need bottle age), the estate’s owner, Donatella Cinelli Colombini, also makes a more approachable Brunello Prime Donne, a softer wine claimed to have been ‘chosen by and for women’. All the winemakers here are female – a good start to qualifying for our romantic selection.
The estate also offers agreeable accommodation in the main villa (and other attractively restored farmhouses) with country cooking; a number of self-catering apartments; a central restaurant; and three swimming pools, all surrounded by countryside where the vine predominates but olive trees are not hard to find (the estate sells its own oil).
With Montepulciano – one of the most picturesque and captivating places in Italy – less than half an hour’s drive away, we are surely within hugging distance of an ideal trysting place far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife. Moments to treasure ought not to be hard to contrive in these parts.
Fattoria del Colle
I – 53020 Trequanda (Siena), Italy. Tel: +39 0577 662 108