De'Ricci (also known as Cantina del Redi) was the first wine cellar we visited in Montepulciano. Redi is located just a few buildings down a side street off the main square, Piazza Grande. Enter the courtyard, turn right and go down the stairs into the cellar. The cellars are expansive, with high ceilings, large and small wine barrels, and interesting medieval iron chandeliers. Of all the cellars we visited, this was the most interesting and looked the oldest. It seemed to have a more "authentic" character to it. It’s generally a one-way visit, but some of the rooms or walkways dead-end and you have to turn around. At the end of the cellar walk, you enter the tasting room.
We were greeted by a friendly employee in the tasting room and asked to have a seat at a long table, as he was helping another group at the time. He brought over glasses and a small basket of those hard breadsticks for between tastings. The Redi tasting includes 3 different wines – we had a Super Tuscan, a Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, and a Riserva. Before each pour, he talked about the wine including its grapes, bottling process, and taste compared to the other wines presented. It was informative; however, he appeared to have a “script” and it was difficult to ask questions because of this. We did not feel rushed in the tasting or pressured to buy any bottles. However, we did buy the Super Tuscan for 14 Euro, which they put in a nice labeled cardboard box. The other Redi wines were similarly priced or more expensive.
If you book in advance on their website (http://www.dericci.it/) you can book a guided cellar tour for 10 Euros a person, including some local meats and cheeses. We had planned to do this, but decided last minute to tour the cellar ourselves. Although we would have liked to learn more, it seemed expensive for something you could do yourself and ask questions about later.
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