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Pienza, Montepulciano, and The Rain

Posted on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 by Mike Manchester

Ciao a tutti from underneath the Tuscan clouds!  It has been unseasonably cool and rainy this past week, but looking at things from the positive side, at least it’s not boiling hot like June and July tend to be.  Another good thing is that all of this moisture is seeping into the ground where our garden is growing.  This year, like the past 2 years, we will be donating a number of products from our own organic garden to the local soup kitchen where students volunteer.

Last weekend we took a trip on Saturday to Pienza and Montepulciano.  Pienza is a small town about 40 minutes to the south of Siena that was the birthplace of  Pope  Pius II who built the city up to be a renaissance utopia.  Today, the art and architecture is still standing for all to see and Pienza is home Tuscany’s most important producers of pecorino cheese.

Of course, cheese tasting should be accompanied by a good glass of wine.  So it was off to Montepulciano home to Il Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano.   Tuscany is full of wine producers and the Nobile is one f the most important types of wine from the area.  We had a great tour of the Contucci wine cellars led by one of the owner

Looking towards Mt. Amiata from Pienza

Looking towards Mt. Amiata from Pienza

/producers.  The Contucci family has been producing wine in Montepulciano for over 1000 years!

That’s all for now.  We’re all hoping for the sun because next week, Palio celebrations begin!


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