As many of you know, we have strong relationships with some of Italy’s finest producers — we work very hard to find top-notch wines and then get the kind of pricing that makes everyone REALLY happy. This year we decided to visit some of our “regular” producers and taste upcoming vintages from barrel, see the facilities in-depth, and eat a LOT of pasta. What follows are some pics of our trip so you can see inside of these great family producers loke Tenuta Buon Tempo and get a peek at what’s to come!

Day One

We meet up at Florence airport, find our FIAT Scudo at Avis and drive pell-mell to Montalcino before it gets dark for a pre-sunset visit with the fine folks at Tenuta Buon Tempo, a Last Bottle fave if there ever was one. What a gorgeous spot. Built in 1921, the compact (REALLY compact) winery boasts a commanding view of Montalcino. The wines are fantastic, and with new ownership a few years back, much of the facility and barrels have been upgraded. It is only going to get better!!

Tenuta Buon Tempo View

What a view!! The breezy, gorgeous rolling hills of Montalcino looking south, near the town of Castelnuovo dell’Abate.


In the barrel room at Buon Tempo. It is tiny. The sign reads: “the wine that will become 2014 Rosso di Montalcino”.

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Tasting current, past and upcoming vintages with young winemaker (although he has been doing it nearly all his life) Alberto Machetti.

Alberto Machetti’s Tenuta del Buon Tempo is an estate I was not previously familiar with. I discovered two beautiful, albeit different, wines from this under-the-radar reality that are definitely worth trying.”

-Robert Parker

Previous Last Bottle offers from Tenuta Buon Tempo

Tenuta Buon Tempo Rosso di Montalcino 2012

Tenuta Buon Tempo Rosso di Montalcino 2012


Tenuta Buon Tempo Brunello di Montalcino 2010

A killer way to start off the week — and that’s just a glimpse into the first day of a three week voyage! Stay tuned for our next update.