An ottobrata in Tuscany: a tour with Carpineto wines
The ottobrate: a tradition born in Rome that, through the years, has spread to other Italian regions. What are we talking about? Quite simply: out-of-town excursions. Actually, the Italian expression “out of the gates” to say “out of town”, was originally a reference to the gates of the Eternal City (in particular: Porta San Giovanni and Porta Pia) from which people went out to the lush countryside of the Roman countryside. But why the name ottobrata? Here too the answer is simple: because the still mild October climate, with bright days and fresh autumn air as a side dish, lends itself well to an outing in company.
In short: good air, good food, good wine. The ingredients of a self-respecting ottobrata are few but well-defined. All elements that you will certainly not struggle to find here in Tuscany. A land blessed by Nature, it offers us sceneries of incomparable beauty; rows of vines from which world-famous wines are born; traditional recipes that are also appreciated by friends who come to visit us from outside the region. We therefore want to propose a few all-Tuscan destinations for your autumn ottobrate. In the company of our wines and the joy that only a glass in the open air can give.
To Montefollonico with Carpineto Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva
On a hilltop, nestled in the embrace of the Valdichiana and Val d’Orcia, lies the ancient village of Montefollonico. The façades of the stone buildings, the ancient medieval walls and the Romanesque churches express a charm that still remains unchanged today. An ancient fortified castle, first loyal to the Republic of Siena then conquered by the Medici family, the village of Montefollonico alone is worth the trip to this enchanted area of Tuscany.
Together with its gastronomic specialities – above all pecorino cheese – and wine. We are, in fact, just a few kilometres from the centre of Montepulciano, whose name immediately evokes glasses of red wine to pair with local cheeses, to the delight of our palate. A town as ancient as it is elegant, that of Montefollonico, which ideally goes well with a wine of equal finesse and elegance such as – precisely – Carpineto Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva. A wine of great depth, body and structure, persistent on the nose, soft and balanced on the palate, capable of offering unique and unrepeatable sensations. Just like an October outing in the land of Tuscany.
In Greve in Chianti with Carpineto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Would you rather get lost among green hills and sinuous rows of vines? We take you to the heart of Chianti Classico, a historic Tuscan wine region, in the area of Greve in Chianti. A small village in a territory that is rich in castles and parish churches, known – in addition to its excellent wines – also for being the birthplace of Giovanni da Verrazzano: the explorer and navigator who in 1524 discovered the bay where the skyscrapers of New York stand today. Well: Greve in Chianti is truly an expression of that Tuscany of the noblest peasant tradition. Immense landscapes to turn your gaze to, where you can lose yourself along the rows of vines that define – elegantly – the profile of these slopes.
The right place to sip, in the shade of a pergola, our Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, produced right here, in the hamlet of Dudda, one of the highest expressions of the Sangiovese grape in this area. A wine of great elegance and surprising acidity, capable of maintaining a taste balance that makes it full, soft and very fine on the palate. The ideal travelling companion for an ottobrata of traditional lunches. Perhaps accompanied by a sumptuous Florentine steak.
At Bagno Vignoni with Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino
Have you ever seen a large thermal bath placed in the centre of a square? In Bagno Vignoni you will. We are just a few kilometres from the Via Francigena, the historic pilgrims’ path that leads through this enchanting area of Tuscany. The small hamlet of Bagno Vignoni has been a popular spa centre since the times of the ancient Romans, a favourite destination of the Medici family and Lorenzo the Magnificent in particular. The charm of this place is still fully intact today. Reaching the central square by walking through the narrow alleys of the town means plunging (literally) into the atmosphere of Renaissance Tuscany in the heart of the magnificent Val d’Orcia.
Above that same valley, opposite the town of Montalcino, lies our estate where Brunello wine is born. And indeed, it is here that we recommend you sip Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino: a name known and appreciated throughout the world. A wine of absolute elegance, with a broad, deep and persistent bouquet. Obtained from a careful selection of Sangiovese Grosso grapes, it expresses the characteristics of this territory at their highest level. A cup of Tuscany for an ottobrata in the name of taste and the best Italian wine tradition.
Strolling through these lands, in the bright October days, one gets lost among natural wonders and testimonies of history and culture. Not least: that of wine. The identity of Tuscany that is still renewed today and with which we want to give you the best and most unforgettable ottobrata.