Cantina de' Ricci

Cantina de' Ricci, Montepulciano: Address, Phone Number, Cantina de' Ricci Reviews: 4.5/5

Cantina de' Ricci
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John H.
New Hampshire6 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Fantastic experience and a great selection of wines, being a fan of Vino Nobile, this winery was recommended to me by a friend. A two hour drive from where we stay, it was definitely worth the trip! Reservations are required, and our tour guide Deb did a great job with the 7 person English-speaking group. Dating back to 500 BC, the wine cellar is everything you’d expect. They served a small charcuterie board with the tasting, and as others have noted you can choose from a 6 glass or a 3 glass tasting. We chose the six, and sampled a very nice rose to start, and then five different reds. We really liked the super Tuscan and the two vino nobiles, and ordered a couple cases shipped home. Very nice wines, and a fun tasting experience.
Written November 15, 2021
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Martijn V
Sainte-Maxime, France5 contributions
Sep 2020
We booked a tour of the wine cellars including a tasting in september 2020. During the tour of the breathtaking cellars our guide shared the great myth of the de Ricci family as well as the history of the palace and cellars with us. As we descended further into the cellars, we were taken further back in time, to end up at the origin of Tuscan civilization, 2500 years ago. The tasting was perfect, with 6 great wines, accompanying bites and very knowledgeable staff. Cannot wait to open the bottles that we took home with us.
Written September 8, 2020
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OC-RAM-Clippers-Fan
Laguna Beach, CA850 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
While there are little wine shops every other door, none offered 200 year old architecture with old barrels the way it was done long ago. Wandering through cavernous spaces surrounded by wine barrels was truly special. Once into the tasting room, the two proprietors were friendly, knowledgable and even made us a reservation at a sold out resturaunt that required reservations. We bought some reserve and can’t wait for arrival.
Written February 14, 2020
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abrv1990
Amsterdam, The Netherlands9 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
We had a nice and informative wine experience: tour of the cellar and history + splendid tasting - 100% worth the fee (you can choose for either 3 or 6 glasses). The history of the hedgehog and family was captivating. Extra surprise: our guide was Dutch, so everything was explained in our own language. He really took the time to answer our questions and was ‘gezellig’. Grazie mille!
Written June 13, 2021
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Tualie
Varese, Italy1,186 contributions
Sep 2019
When approaching the town of Montepulciano, can see lots and lots of wine related proposals: tastings and visits. Is all about the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. We visited the other wine cellar (by the Big Square, Piazza Grande) it was OK but a little further we came across with this surprise. We entered through this building (Palazzo Ricci) unimaginable that through an “equestrian” staircase (wonder if in the old times they used horses to transport wine barrels up and down!) we would tour an underground world of tunnels, Etruscan caves, water wells, aisles and naves, an underground cathedral of wine!. Free entry, English spoken, tasting if interested, a must do when in Montepulciano.
Written July 12, 2020
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Laura D
8 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
Our tour at de Ricci was nothing short of amazing. The history of the place itself was just mind blowing. The wines were all terrific and the winemaker and his wife were both delightful as were the other staff. We loved everything we tasted and especially enjoyed the wine makes hommage to his father. The legend of the hedgehogs role in the making of great wine in the region is worth the trip! We bought several cases and will definitely be a repeat customer!
Written January 11, 2020
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Steve
Encinitas, CA5 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Wonderful experience and a great value. Make sure to make a reservation to attend the tour and tasting. It’s a family run business and we had the Grandson leading our tour in English. He was well spoken, engaging, and answered all of our questions. We opted for the six glass tasting at the end of the tour and were pleased we did. Highly recommend.
Written August 2, 2021
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Kelley B
United States27 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Our English speaking guide gave us a wonderful tour of the building, from the caves to the old barrels. The history was fascinating and hedgehog story was too. Afterwards we had a wine tasting where they offer many varieties.
We highly recommend.
Written September 29, 2021
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Michael K
Soriano nel Cimino, Italy61 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
As someone that operates a tour company in Italy that focuses on food and wine travel, I have seen a great many wine cellars... more than I even dare count. From the most modern, to the most ancient; from the huge corporate wineries to the small family-run operations. And in all my time, nothing... absolutely NOTHING compares to THIS one.

If you enter from the physical address, you way walk into the sales point of the winery and miss the actual cellar, so be sure to enter from the top, right off of "Piazza Grande". As you do, you will find yourself descending a beautiful staircase until you get to the main "Cathedral" cellar, a 14th century masterpiece lined with massive casks where the Vino Nobile is aging.

This brings you into the older section. Yeah, dating back to Etruscan times thousands of years ago. Here you will find the smaller barrels where the reserve is aging. Finally the "Etruscan Cave", and then you get to the tasting room.

The cellar is like no other you will see. Mind boggling to say the least.

A few notes about the tasting room:
I've read a few comments in other reviews, in which some people have complained that they charge you for a tasting if you don't buy wine. A little reality check from someone that organizes tastings all over the country: Some wineries give free tastings. Some simply charge for them. Here, they came up with a hybrid. Keep in mind that this is Vino Nobile, and a great number of people come here primarily to see this cellar, so they get a high volume of foot traffic from people that are not actually looking to buy wine. They don't charge to visit the cellar, but this is the kind of place that they could actually get away with charging an entry fee for tours. So they end up doing many more wine tastings than would otherwise be normal for a winery... to many people not looking to buy wine. Combine that with the fact that this is a high value wine, and the tastings quickly become a liability for them.

Instead of simply charging to enter, or charging for ALL tastings, they cam up with a fair alternative. For those that buy at least SOMETHING, the tasting is free. But for people that are not actually interested in buying wine, there is a very small charge to cover their costs.
Written May 28, 2014
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LynnChristine27
St Petersburg, Florida13 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
We visited Montepulciano as a day trip from Florence and just loved it! The town is not touristy and you feel as if you are in a true working Tuscany town. We went into De Ricci wine cellar (it’s free) and were amazed at the beauty and size of this cellar under the streets of Montepulciano. This wine cellar is huge with many nooks to explore. We spent about 20 minutes exploring the cellar which is more like a cave and loved seeing the enormous ancient barrels, antiquated well and narrow stone staircases. It’s truly an experience! At the end of the cellar you are led back up to street level at the wine store where you can do a wine tasting. If you happen to have your Rick Steves Florence and Tuscany guide book with you then your wine tasting is free. We ended up shipping a case of wine back home after our tasting since the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a specialty of this area alone. Must see De Ricci while in Montepulciano!
Written July 5, 2019
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