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“Awesome wine, very good food - bad tasting room”
Review of Fattoria dei Barbi

Fattoria dei Barbi
Ranked #5 of 15 Tours in Montalcino
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Fattoria dei Barbi is one of the most famous and historic wine producers in Italy. Since the end of the 1700s, the Fattoria dei Barbi is the property of the Cinelli Colombini family, who have owned land in Montalcino since 1352. Since 1892 it has produced Brunello and it opened its cellars to visitors in 1960. More than three million wine lovers have visited it to date and have been able to see in person the care and attention we put in every phase of production of our Brunello di Montalcino. Besides visiting the cellars, with their countless rooms of oak barrels and the bottle cellar holding wines from 1870to our own day, visitors can taste, free of charge, the wines made by the Fattoria.
Reviewed September 27, 2011

We stopped here for lunch. Service was speedy and courteous. The food was very good. It was relatively expensive compared to other meals of similar quality we had on our trip. We tried two different Brunello's during lunch, and our intent was to sample a couple of others, then purchase several bottles at the tasting room after lunch. The fellow in the tasting room didn't really want to be bothered, and they had a very limited number of bottles open for tasting (I assume that means he did not want to open a new bottle, just for us to taste). Though part of me wanted to just walk away, we did end up buying a single bottle of 2005 Brunello "vigna del fior", for about 30 Euro. The next day, we had a lazy afternoon and uncorked the Brunello and enjoyed it along with some Pecorino cheese. The wine was absolutely amazing - wish I had a couple of cases.

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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We have visited Fattoria dei Barbi since 2002 and much enjoyed our annual visit to the cellar and restaurant. For the past few years however, the service has gradually deteriorated and we experienced last year and this year it has come to the point where we have decided not to return in the future. The wine is still excellent as ever and the food in the restaurant is OK (but not outstanding and not worth the trip), but the employees in both the cellar and the restaurant show no interest in there guests at all. As an example, we checked their website for opening time of the cellar (until 1 pm), when we arrived at 12.30 hrs the cellar was closed. We asked in the restaurant about the cellar and the head of staff replied he had no idea what the opening hours where, that his restaurant has nothing to do with the cellar and he could not help us any further, all said in a rather rude way. With much regret I have to advise to avoid Fattoria dei Barbi. Better places for wine tasting and for lunch is readily available in the area.

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Reviewed August 21, 2011

A few years ago my family and I had a great experience touring the winery and having a private group tasting afterwards in the lovely tasting room. This visit, we went with friends looking for lunch fine dining as had read several very positive reviews from other sources. The food was stunning - we had octopus bruschetta, risotto made with their famous wine, chicken with olives, fresh pasta with duck, and a memorable slow-braised pork shin. However, when we arrived we were literally the only table occupied (surprising for the summer - one other group eventually joined) and had a chilly reception. Our waitress was friendly but the host could use more warmth - especially considering the wonderful experiences we'd had at other nearby establishments both casual and posh. I would repeat this for the food, although the atmosphere is better elsewhere and given the abundant choice for good food in this area, it wouldn't be number one on my list.

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Reviewed November 20, 2008

We traveled all over Italy during the summer of 2006 and this was by far the best experience we had there. We went with our family of 15 and got a private tour and tasting of hands downs the best brunello I have ever had. (i'm not a wine conissieur, but have had my share of excellent wines). The staff was so fun and made us feel so welcome. I can't wait to go back.

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Reviewed July 11, 2008

We took the trip in early June of 2008. We very much wanted to experience the Tuscan Valley that many have wrote and raved about. The highlight for us in the wine country was Fattoria dei Barbi. No reservation needed for the tour was a great thing. Not having to drive back to the wine country from Cortona was very benefical for us so we could see more sites while we were in Italy. The tour guide was great, the wine was even better!! We picked up four bottles of the Brunello which was some of the best I tasted while in Europe. The wine is also rated very high in any book you read. This is a must stop for anyone interested in good wine and nice people. The tasting is free, which at some is not, and the wine is priced well and they will give you boxes to pack it for the trip home!!

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