Wine barrel race Experience Montepulciano

About your host

I am a Dutch lady from Rotterdam with all kinds of work experiences to know Italy inside out: from waitress to professional sommelier.

My name is Sylvia and I work in the wine industry. I organize runs and Wine and Food Experiences where I explain the history of Montepulciano and its wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

I travelled a lot and met many people who made me open minded. Ten years ago I left Holland for the love of Italy. Now I live in one of the most unique part of Tuscany… Montepulciano!

Each moment you spend with me in Montepulciano is fabulous and becomes a souvenir. Teaching you fundamentals of the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and having fun all together is one of my life goals.

Have fun!

Contrada Talosa

Wine barrel race experience

Bravio delle Botti

Menu dinner and what we’ll provide


Bravio delle Botti

I invite you to experience the Wine Barrel race in Montepulciano “Bravio delle Botti”.

Bravio delle Botti Montepulciano
Bravio delle Botti Montepulciano

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 for the painted “Bravium” (a colorful banner with the city’s patron).


The Bravio delle Botti 2019 takes places from August 17 till August 25.

The pushers roll the barrels uphill for about 1800 meters through the historical centre until they have reached the Piazza Grande.

Piazza Grande Montepulciano
Piazza Grande Montepulciano

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. During this event the contrade will welcome you with local food, ceremonies, parades, music and wine.

Piazza Grande Montepulciano
Piazza Grande Montepulciano

We will start our experience at the Piazza Grande where I will tell you about the story of the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Piazza Grande Montepulciano

After a small tour we will walk to one of the most beautiful taverna of Montepulciano. A taverna is a casual eating place where people sit outside enjoying good local food and excellent wines.

Contrada Talosa Montepulciano

A visit to this historical taverna will be followed by cheering the barrel pushers along the main streets.

Contrada Talosa Montepulciano

The Bravio delle Botti is a traditional local festival but is also the perfect opportunity to visit and learn more about Montepulciano.

Menu dinner and what we’ll provide

-Antipasto consisting of the local meats and cheeses of the area
-Primo piatto specialty of Montepulciano pasta i pici
-Secondo piatto specialty grigliata di carne
-Contorno seasonal vegetables

Wine “Vino Nobile di Montepulciano” and water are inclusive

Pasta i pici
grilled meat

-Tour at the Piazza Grande
-Fisar sommelier guide (Italian English speaking, Dutch mother tongue)
-Visit local tavern
-Complete dinner
-Quality wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
-Water and bread

Price 75 Euro pp

Children’s consumption will be paid at locations
Taxi service can be arranged upon request


Would you like to book a Wine barrel race experience in Montepulciano?

Two dates:

Tuesday August 20, 2019 7 pm
Wednesday August 21, 2019 7 pm

Just contact me for more information.

Sylvia van der Male
+39 3496879051