Fattoria Poggio di Sotto
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 90
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First reviewed by Anne
If you like Brunello di Montalcino, ask George if he can set an appointment for you to visit this small artisan winery atop a hill overlooking Castelnuovo dell'Abate and meet the owner, Piero Palmucci, for a tasting and a tour. This second career is a true calling for him. He will explain the process for making Brunello to meet DOCG standards, as well as his philosophy for going above and beyond those requirements to make an exceptionally rich and balanced wine. The reserve wines sell out very fast, but all the wine that makes his cut to be called Brunello is excellent. We are anxiously awaiting our shipment and then must have the discipline to lay these bottles down for a few years! To see the winery in action, plan to come at harvest time. This varies from year to year, but early October is a good bet.
We had dinner on terrace of this lovely restaurant in the hilltop town of Lucignano, overlooking the valley below and surrounding by the smell of white jasmine on the walls and the aromas of the dishes steadily emerging from the kitchen to the surprising number and variety of diners here on a Wednesday night. I'm told that the menu changes every two months to take best advantage of seasonal produce. The fish menu on offer that evening looked delicious--confirmed by the dishes delivered to nearby diners. Since this was our last night in the area, we chose the Tuscan menu. We had wonderful local charcuterie and cheeses, memorable robust pici pasta and braised local rabbit, all washed down with a refreshing Vernaccia--a toast to our visit to San Gimignano. The cantucci (Tuscan biscotti) dipped in Vin Santo brought the meal to the perfect end.