My wife, very much wanting to sample brunello di Montalcino, found Castello Romitorio and convinced me we should hit the road early en route to Montepulciano to pay a visit. Granted, we had no appointment and limited directions on how to find this winery (visitors be warned, it is off the beaten path and a bit difficult to locate). After the frustration of being lost, we finally found Castello Romitorio and were greeted by a very nice representative. Unfortunately, he informed us that he had an upcoming appointment with another couple and that we would not have the opportunity to taste the wine or really see the property. He did, however, welcome us to walk around the perimeter of the castle home and enjoy the view - a truly gorgeous property!
On our way back to the car I suggested to my wife we just purchase a bottle so that we could at least enjoy some brunello. Upon inquiring, the representative informed us that he would not be willing to sell us a bottle without having us first taste the product - he would be ashamed if he sold a bottle to us and we did not end up enjoying it (talk about pride!!!). That is when he suddenly flipped my wife's frown upside down and invited us in to sample a glass. His appointment was running a bit late and instead of leaving us to find our way to our next stop, he created a magic moment and made our day.
One side note - the owner of the property is also a well known artist - there is plenty of sculpture and art on the property to explore as well as the wine!
If you too find yourself wanting to sample brunello di Montalcino, I recommend making an appointment at Castello Romitorio, get a little bit lost en route, and enjoy a fantastic glass of wine at a gorgeous property!
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