6 Reasons Why You Need to Stay at Agriturismo Il Burellino
Hi everybody! Today I will be telling you all about the most wonderful place I have ever stayed in: Agriturismo Il Burellino, in the outskirts of Montalcino, a hill town in the wine-producing heart of Tuscany, and I will give you some reasons to include this place on your next trip to Italy! So let’s get going…
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What is an agriturismo in Italy?
First of all, let’s be clear on what an “agriturismo” is. It’s a very particular type of accommodation that consists on restored farmhouses in the countryside that offer guests the opportunity to experience the italian rural way of life. In these places you might find some or all of the following: a wineyard, an olive grove, and cows and/or sheep for cheese production.
Agriturismo is a serious thing in Italy: since 1985 the law has established the requirements that a property needs to adhere to in order to be able to call itself “agriturismo”. One of such requirements relates to food: it’s mandatory for an agriturismo to serve its guests locally produced goods. This means that most of what you will eat and drink on your accommodation was either produced on the farmhouse itself, or on the surrounding region.
The Tuscan countryside is dotted with all kinds of agriturismo accommodations, from big to small, from rustic to luxurious. The beauty of the lanscapes in this region of Italy makes staying in an agriturismo an ideal way of enjoying Tuscany’s dolce vita!
Il Burellino Wine & Resort
Agriturismo Il Burellino is located less than one kilometer away from Montalcino, a small hil town in southern Tuscany, renowned for producing one of the world’s most famous wines: the Brunello di Montalcino.
I found it out of mere luck while looking for accommodation for me and my girlfriend in Montalcino for one night. We arrived at the agriturismo at around 7:00 pm and immediately dropped our jaws in awe of the beauty of the place. Less than 15 minutes had passed since we checked in to our room when we were already discussing the possibility of staying another night here. We decided to do so the very next morning, and what a good decision it was.
I will tell you now 6 reasons why you definitely need to stay here for a few days when you visit Tuscany:
1. The Views
Agriturismo Il Burellino’s amazing views were the first thing that caught our eyes as son as we arrived here.
You’ll see, Montalcino, as many tuscan towns, is located on the top of a hill. Agriturismo Il Burellino is found at the side of a road heading downhill, but since the agriturismo is less than one kilometer away from the city gates, it’s still pretty high on the hill.
This means that the views down to the tuscan countryside are simply breathtaking. Sunsets are simply gorgeous, and at night, you can see on the distance the lights of Siena 30 kilometers away!
2. The Hospitality of your Hosts
Agriturismo Il Burellino is owned and operated by Fabio and Daniele, two italian guys who recently decided to make a big change in their lives, invested in buying and restoring an abandoned estate in the outskirts of Montalcino. Since then, they have poured their heart and soul into this place. They bought the place a couple of years ago and when we went in july 2018, they had only been open for 5 weeks. They only speak a bit of English (and spanish), but enough to explain you the basic stuff. In my case, I had studied Italian for some months before our trip, so I had a much better communication with them, and also a more “authentic” experience.
Since the moment we arrived they did their best to make sure we felt treated like kings. Before we decided to rent a car to move around, Fabio had offered to pick us up in his car in Montalcino and take us to the agriturismo, and then take us back to Montalcino after checking out.
We arrived on july 3rd at around 6:30 pm, and the Colombian national team played against England in the FIFA World Cup at 8:00 pm. We didn’t want to head to Montalcino because there was no time to go, have dinner and come back in time for the game, and we really didn’t want to miss it. But still we were really hungry, and they don’t normally prepare dinner at the agriturismo.
Fabio proposed that we tried their cheese and meats tasting platter with a couple of glasses of Montalcino wine. When we expressed our concerns about this platter being enough to fill our stomachs, he kindly offered to cook for us some pasta. We gladly accepted his offer and, oh boy, at that time we didn’t know that we were about to be treated to one of the best meals of our lives, but more about that later. When we were checking out, Fabio confessed it was the first time he cooked for guests, so that made it even more special. In a few words: Fabio and Daniele go above and beyond a host’s ordinary duties to give their guests an extraordinary stay.
3. The Wineyard
The morning after we arrived we made a tour through the agriturismo’s wineyard, guided by Daniele, who is in charge of it. He took his time to walk us all around it, explaining the ins and outs of growing grapes, telling us about their efforts to convert it into an organic wineyard, and tons of interesting facts about grapes, vines and wines. As wine lovers, it was a truly wonderful experience for us!
At Agriturismo Il Burellino, as in most wineyards in southern Tuscany, they grow the sangiovese grape, the one used to make two of the most renowned tuscan wines: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (aged 3 years) and Brunello di Montalcino (aged 5 years). Fabio and Daniele don’t produce any wine in their property, but rather sell their grapes to nearby wineries.
4. The Delicious Food
Coming back to food, I will break it down into three parts: the cheese, meats and wine tasting, the fantastic dinner Fabio cooked for us, and the amazing breakfasts. Food is a big thing to me, so I will make this section a bit longer – it deserves it.
The wine, cheese and cured meats tasting
It includes cold cuts like salami, bresaola, and mortadella; pecorino cheese, olives, pickled onions, artichokes and mushrooms, breaded fried cheeseballs and meat-stuffed olives, bread and focaccia baked by Fabio. To wash it all down: two glasses (per person) of rosso di Montalcino wine, and one glass (p.p.) of Brunello di Montalcino. “Rosso” is a generic name for a young red wine (aged one year – “rosso” means red in italian).
The price for all of this delicious local products is 15 euros per person, which is actually a great price considering all the food and wine included, all of excellent quality. Fabio even “refilled” our focaccia basket after he told us he baked it himself and we complimented it on how good it was!
However, the quantity and quality of the food and wine is just half of the equation. Now imagine indulging yourself with all of this, but add the view I showed you before! Yes, if you book the camera degli Archi room, you will have a small terrace just in front of your room, with a small table, perfect for enjoying your food and wine with the dreamiest of views! Feeling the tuscan vibes already?
I’ll just add this: Remember that we decided to have dinner at the agriturismo because we wanted to watch the Colombia vs England World Cup game there? Well, we only saw like 5 minutes of it!! Who would have stayed inside the room when you had delicious food, tuscan wine and wonderful views outside?
As I said before, Fabio offered to do something he had never done before in the 5 weeks that he had been operating the agriturismo: cook us dinner. He would prepare for us pici al ragú de cinghiale (pici pasta with wild boar sauce), a tuscan specialty. We agreed to have pasta some 45 minutes after we finished the cheese and cold meats platter. By the time the pasta was ready, the sun was already down and the beautiful dusk sky was gone, so Fabio lit some small candles on our table for us to enjoy our dinner under the stars (and served us another bottle of wine). Excuse me for the poor quality of the following photo, but I didn’t have my camera with me at the moment and this is the best my phone could do:
Now, the pasta itself was probably the best tasting dish I had on my entire time in Italy, and this means a lot considering that we are not talking about a famous restaurant, but instead a host who doesn’t usually cook for his guests. When I told Fabio about my blog, he allowed me to say that he could cook dinner for guests in the camera degli archi room, provided that they request it with enough time. So don’t worry, you can try Fabio’s delicious pasta too!
In the end, we paid in total 50 euros for the cheese, cured meats and wine tasting; and two dishes of pasta with a whole new bottle of wine. All of these with a magnificent view. A BARGAIN!
The Agriturismo Il Burellino has a small but charming room, where all guests sit at the same table to have breakfast, which includes different kinds of bread and pastries, fruit, cheese and cold meats, fruit juice and coffe, freshly cooked eggs upon request, and the best of all: different kinds of pie/tarts made by Fabio himself.
I thought it would have been disrespectful to take photos during breakfast with the table full of food, so I will only share a photo of the breakfast room, and a quick photo of Fabio’s pies I took with my phone. As the rest of the food here, breakfast was abundant and delicious.
There’s no better way to start a day than with a full belly and a happy heart!
5. The Gorgeous Rooms
I’m terrible describing interiors, but I’ll give it a shot. We stayed at the camera degli archi room, but got to see the other room (located on the second floor just above our room) and the appartment for four. One thing you could say about all of them is how stylish they are!
And not only was our room stylish, it was spacious, comfortable, and had everything we needed and more. A “hanging” table, the paintings and wallpaper, a mini kitchen hidden inside a wardrobe, and even the bathroom (unlike any other I had seen) were stylish as hell.
The huge advantage of booking the camera degli archi room is the small terrace outside with a table and a couple of chairs for enjoying some food or drinks with amazing views!
6. Perfect for exploring the Val d’Orcia
Val d’Orcia (Orcia Valley) is a region of Tuscany renowned for the beauty of its landscape. Gently-rolling hills covered densely with vineyards, olive groves, cypresses cover the lands around small medieval hill towns and rural villas and estates. I can honestly tell you that driving around this incredibly beautiful region is an unforgettable experience. It is quite “dangerous” too! The views to both sides of the road are so eye-catching that it’s hard to keep your eyes on the road exclusively! In 2004 the Val d’Orcia was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The five towns (or communes) that are found in the Val d’Orcia are: Castiglione d’Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d’Orcia. We only visited Montalcino and Pienza, but all of these towns are within a 30-40 minute drive away from Agriturismo Il Burellino.
Beyond Val d’Orcia, other nearby places worth a visit are Siena (30 mins by car), Montepulciano (45 minutes), and other towns like Pitigliano, Grosseto, San Gimignano and Volterra are within a 2 hour drive.
Make your reservation!
If I have convinced you of staying in this incredible place, visit their website http://ilburellino.it/en/ to book your room!