Walking around the streets of Montalcino, we found enotecas everywhere. From small shops around every corner to the large one in the Fortezza. You can stop in and taste a multitude of wines, purchase a bottle or ship some home.
Each enoteca has their own special way of doing things. Some will have some snacks to go with the wines, others will be tasting some great wines. (They were tasting Sassacaia at one of the places).
What to pay: You can usually find some good wines at good prices if you look around.
If you are planning to buy wine while traveling around Montalcino, be prepared for a shock when it comes to shipping charges. To ship a case of wine back to the states, the shipping charges are about 150 Euro or $225.
Make sure you are either getting wines you can not buy back home or the price is too low to pass up. If you are going to buy a case of wine, consider buying two cases, as the incremental cost for the second case is not that high.
A good number of the shops in town are Enoteca’s. Wine is the major business of Montalcino, and these establishments cater to that. Sampling the local vintages at any of the Enoteca’s in town is a great/ inexpensive way to have a drink, and grab a bite (Most serving a variety of antipasto and other small tapas like plates).
Of course you’ll have the opportunity to purchase some products to take with you; or even have wine shipped back to your home.
The prices of the wines are not really any cheaper than you might find in the supermarkets in Italy. But you'll have the best selection of local vintages, and most likely someone very knowledgeable to answer your questions.
What to buy:
We noticed several wine shops in Montalcino, selling Montalcino's best wine "Brunello di Montalcino".
This expensive red wine is only produced on the hills of Montalcino. During harvest, the grapes are gathered by hand. Then the wine needs to rest for four years in oaken barrels and another three years in the bottle. Do you understand now why it is so expensive!
If you can't afford the Brunello, take the Rosso di Montalcino. It's lighter and less expensive.
Several stores in town selling a variety of items. The most popular stores were the ones where you could purchase the well known Brunello wine. Brunello is well known for it's robust red wine.
What to buy: Brunello Wine