Drink and Play
Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy

Wineries

Avignonesi
Fattoria Le Capezzine, 53040 Valiano di Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-724304 WEBSITE
This estate has always been the centerpieces of the Montepulciano wine scene. Here you can taste wines, go on an extensive wine tour of the Avignonesi estate and have a meal at the winery’s restaurant. Their premium wine is actually a sweet dessert wine, Vin Santo di Pernice. This award-winning wine is outrageously expensive – but worth every euro!

Cantina Gattavecchi
Via di Collazzi, 74 Loc. Santa Maria – 53045 Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-757110 WEBSITE
The winery has three wine tasting options: a tasting of two red wines for 10 euros per person; a tasting of two Vino Nobile wines accompanied by bread, cold cuts and cheese for 15 euros per person; and a tasting of three riserva wines acccomanied by bread, cold cuts and cheese for 18 euros per person.

Contucci Cantina
Via del Teatro 1, 53045 Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-757006
Wine tastings are available daily from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:30 – 6:30 pm.  They also do guided tours for groups (minimum 12 to a maximum 50 people) with advance booking. Note that the Contucci estate has 2 points of sale: on Piazza Grande and on Via S.Donato near the Fortezza. Both are open from Easter to November.

Palazzo Vecchio
Via di Terra Rossa, 5 – 53045 Valiano Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-724170 WEBSITE  
The winery and enoteca are located about 7 miles northeast of Montepulciano near the village of Valiano. The estate offers tours of the vineyards and cellars, guided wine tastings and lunch and dinner. The tours, tastings and dinners are by reservation only.

The estate also has a separate enoteca, La Dogana, a short distance from the winery. This modern, beautifully-landscaped facility has tastings of estate wines accompanied by a light lunch of cheeses and meats as well as dinner.

Poliziano
Via Fontago, 1 – 53040 Montepulciano Stazione
Phone: +39-0578-738171 WEBSITE  
Open for visits and tastings by appointment only Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and 2:30 – 8:00 pm.

Poderi Boscarelli
Via di Montenero, 28 – 53045 Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-767277 WEBSITE
Open for visits and tastings by appointment only Monday – Friday, 3:00 – 8:00 pm and on weekends by request only.

Azienda Agricola Maria Caterina Dei
Via di Martiena, 35 – 53045 Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-716878 WEBSITE

Tenuta Valdipiatta
Address: Via della Ciarliana, 25A – 53040 Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-757930 WEBSITE
Tours should be booked in advance. There are a number of different tour and tasting alternatives that include a Vineyard Wine School with a 3-1/2 hour tour of the vineyards and wine cellar and tasting of 3 wines (2 Vino Nobile and a Super-Tuscan wine); a 2 hour Barrel Tasting of 4 estate wines; a 1-1/2 hour Wine and Cheese Tasting with 5 wines (including the estate’s Vin Santo); and a 1-1/2 hour Appellation Tasting of 5 wines (including the estate’s Grappa). Other specialized tours are available. Check their website for costs and other details.

Wine Bars

Vinoteca Terra Toscana
Via Ricci 14, 53040 Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-757708
This wine shop has a great selection of Tuscan wines. While primarily a retail wine shop, some wines are available by the glass.

La Bottega del Nobile – Caffe Wine Bar
Via di Gracciano nel Corso 93-95, 53045 Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-757016 LA BOTTEGA WEBSITE

Enoteca Consortile
Piazza Grande 7, 53040 Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-757812

Enoteca Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Piazza Grande, 7 – Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-757812. ENOTECA CONSORZIO WEBSITE
This is a prominent wine shop right on the Piazza Grande run by members of the local Vino Nobile consortium. It only stocks Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano wines produced by its members. You can buy wines by the bottle or glass accompanied by light snacks. Closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

Enoteca La Dolce Vita
Via di Voltaia, 80 – Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-758760. ENOTECA LA DOLCE VITA
This is probably the largest wine shop in Montepulciano and boasts hundreds of labels from virtually all wineries in the area. It also offers light snacks as a meal or to complement a wine tasting.

Wine Bar Lucevan Le Stelle
Piazza San Francesco – Montepulciano
Phone: +39-0578-758725
Offers platters of cured meats and cheeses as well as some simple pasta, salad, and other dishes to go with a glass or bottle of wine from their extensive wine list. They have occasional live jazz concerts. They have a small terrace that offers an awe-inspiring view of the countryside, especially at sunset.