Wine Barrel Race Experience
The race of the barrels in Montepulciano
Experience one of Italy’s most impressive Wine barrel race in all it’s glory. Enjoy Montepulciano and the Bravio delle Botti like a local!
Note: updated program Bravio delle Botti 2020
Because of Coronavirus the wine barrel race in the period 23 August until 30 August 2020 has been cancelled. We hope to welcome you in 2021!
About this activity
- Duration 3 hours
- Wheelchair accessible
- Suitable for everybody
- Certified sommelier (Italian, English, Dutch)
- Visit local taverna
- Complete dinner
- Free cancellation up to 12 hours before the activity starts
The experience starts at the Piazza Grande where I share with you the story about the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the Bravio delle Botti.
We go to a historical local taverna for a delightful dinner and wine tasting. A taverna is a casual eating place where people sit outside enjoying good Italian food and excellent wines.
We will have a complete dinner sharing a long table with locals. From the taverna you have a wonderful view over the Tuscan landscape.
Afterwards we cheer the barrel runners along the route.
The menu includes
- Antipasti misto consisting of the local meats and cheeses of the area
- Primo piatto specialty of Montepulciano
- Secondo piatto specialty grigliata di carne
- Contorno seasonal vegetables
Wine “Vino Nobile di Montepulciano” bread and water are inclusive
Prepare for the Experience
Many people visit Montepulciano during the Bravio delle Botti. It might be difficult to find parking. Parking outside Montepulciano is therefore recommended. Parking space nr 8 is free parking and nearby the Piazza Grande.
Meeting point is Piazza Grande in Montepulciano at 7 pm.
Google maps: 43.092970, 11.780801
Event dates 2021 are being added soon.
The price is 79 Euro per person.
0 – 3 years old free of charge.
Children’s consumption will be paid at the location.
Taxi service can be arranged upon request.
Wine Barrel Race Experience
Bravio delle Botti
The Bravio delle Botti 2020 takes place from August 22 till August 30.
Every year on the third Sunday in August is the Bravio delle Botti in the old town of Montepulciano. It is a wine barrel race between the eight contrade that compete against each other for the painted “Bravium” (a colorful banner with the city’s patron). The Bravio delle Botti used to be a horse race but since Montepulciano is famous for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines in 1974 the idea was born to run with wine barrels instead. The week prior the Bravio delle Botti is full of great experiences. Every evening is a trial of each contrada in the centre of Montepulciano.
The town is decorated with flags of the different quarters of the town. The flags display the various contrada colors. Even the locals wear the contrada flag -in silk form- around their necks to show everyone their favorite colors.
On Thursday evening is the Corteo dei Ceri. The Corteo dei Ceri is a costume parade. Participants from each contrada present medieval life from a long time ago. The performance of the Corteo dei Ceri is amazing and it attracts always many visitors. The evening ends up with exciting fireworks. A real emotional and unforgettable moment.
The Run “Bravio delle Botti” itself is always on Sunday. It is the most important race during the event. The start is at the Colonna del Marzocco and the finish is at the Piazza Grande.
After the start signal the pushers roll the barrels uphill for about 1800 meters through the historical centre until they have reached the Piazza Grande. This moment is a real competition between the eight districts. The Bravio delle Botti is a wonderful festival and definitely worth a visit when you’re in Tuscany. The event always ends in a wonderful atmosphere.