It’s a bit counterintuitive but Montalcino, unlike Chianti Classico, doesn’t have scores and scores of tasting rooms where an appointment is always appreciated but is often not necessary.
Most of the big wineries in Montalcino don’t take walk-in visitors and many don’t accept visitors at all.
As you can see from our newly posted hours below, the wine tasting room at the Fattoria dei Barbi accepts walk-in visitors and every day of the week and even on certain holidays.
And beyond Italian, the languages spoken include English, German, and French.
One of the things that’s so cool about a visit to the Fattoria dei Barbi is that whether or not you do the guided tour (which happens twice a day), you really get the sense of what it’s like to be on a working farm in Tuscany.
There’s the tasting room and the winery; there’s the salami shop where all kinds of classic Tuscan charcuterie are prepared using pigs raised on the estate; there’s the taverna where you can enjoy an authentic Tuscan meal (although there are also many lighter options available as well!); and then, of course, there are vineyards that literally butt up against all of the above public spaces.
For larger groups and guests who reserve in advance, Stefano will also open up the Brunello museum (but you do need to make an appointment to visit it).
Our tasting room hours follow.
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