Villa Nottola is a very well kept winer & agritourismo just east of Montepulciano. We booked room #22 for four days in mid-May, 2013. Julia greeted us and showed us to our room which is in an adjacent building (the restaurant makes up the ground floor) up a flight of outside stairs to a locked door (a key for this is on the key ring). It brings you to a hallway that goes completely dark when the door closes behind you. You must tap the dimly lighted switch nearby to get any light. A skylight would really help here. The room was spacious and the bathroom was enormous even by US standards. The double windows overlooked the valley to the north. There were only two other couples staying there at the time but we never really got the opportunity to meet them since they too were taking all-day trips in the surrounding area. The morning breakfast opens at 8 AM and is very nice. I was surprised to see that a machine is used to generate your coffee, which was not very good. Hot tea was handled by a server – a better choice.
Julia gave us a private wine tasting of three of Villa Nottola’s wines, explaining each wine’s history. The restaurant was excellent even considering we were among the only patrons on our first night there. Try the pasta with asparagus and pecorino cheese – absolutely amazing dish!
The weather was bad during our stay (rain, cold, wind) and the winery was not in operation since the busy time is in the fall. Needless to say the beautiful pool surrounded by olive trees went unused. We returned to our room each evening to avoid driving the Tuscany roads at night. Our room had very poor lighting (low wattage florescent bulbs) making it almost impossible to read in the evenings. On the plus side, there is a self-service laundry in nearby Montepulciano Statione (3 km drive). The only wifi access is in the wine shop/breakfast area. We decided to check out 2 days early to find a hotel with walking distance to a town center/piazza and choose Pienza (separate review to follow on that forum).
Villa Nottola would be a good choice during the harvest, especially if there are lots of other guests there. I would suggest that you consider one of the apartments instead of a room. Perhaps the lighting is better there.
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