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Wine and foodThe Antica Posta di Braccio is only a few minutes drive from the world-renowned vineyards that make the fine, unmistakeable wines of this region.
The "Strada del Vino Colli del Trasimeno" is an itinerary rich in memories, culture, nature and flavours.
When you walk through the hills at 300-400 meters, suspended somewhere between sky and lake, you will see the rows of excellent vines sweeping towards woods and olive groves, sunflower and wheat fields. Extra-virgin olive oil, the other high-value Umbrian product, has been rewarded DOP status and the olive groves where it originates allow the visitor to experience real beauty and have a taste of real quality of life. Olive oil is central to Umbrian life – it is used daily and linked to every important communal event.
Apart from spicy, fruity extra-virgin olive oil (pressed from hand-picked olives), the Val di Chiana region also produces Pecorino – sheepsmilk cheese, the milk gained from freely ranging herds. Last, but certainly not least, you must try Montepulciano’s renowned wine: Vino Nobile. As does the whole area around Siena, the Val d'Orcia also offers fine foods and wines: olive oil - essential to Tuscan agriculture, saffron – grown and exported from the Middle ages onwards, cheeses, amongst which Pecorino di Pienza holds a special place, and exceptional red wines such as Brunello, made here since the late 1800s.
AREAS PRODUCING EXCEPTIONAL WINES
Montalcino 70 km, Montepulciano 41 km, Castiglione del Lago 15 km, Torgiano 48 km, Montefalco 38 km, Orvieto 67 km.