A journey through authentic flavors and excellent gastronomic traditions
In addition to being a place of extraordinary beauty, Val d’Orcia is also a land rich in authentic flavors and exceptional gastronomic traditions, making it a jewel in the crown of Tuscan cuisine.
One of Val d’Orcia’s gastronomic treasures is saffron, cultivated with passion and dedication in the municipalities of San Quirico d’Orcia and Montalcino. Its purple blossoms, which occur in the months of October and November, are a true spectacle for the eyes. Val d’Orcia saffron is renowned for its quality and intense flavor, and it is a key ingredient in many traditional Tuscan dishes.
Another product from this land, already known in medieval times, is Brunello di Montalcino wine, a prestigious wine that was the first in Italy to receive the DOCG designation and continues to delight palates around the world today. Brunello is a robust and complex red wine, perfect for pairing with typical local dishes. Alongside Brunello, Val d’Orcia is also famous for DOC Orcia wines, which offer a variety of high-quality wines, including Orcia Rosato, Orcia Bianco, and Orcia Vin Santo. These wines are the result of centuries of winemaking tradition and represent the true essence of the region.
For cheese lovers, pecorino cheese is a must-try, made from sheep’s milk and known for its unique and rich flavor. Val d’Orcia’s pecorino cheese is celebrated for its smoothness and balanced taste, often served with local honey or zero-mileage jams. As a first course, the pici pasta is undoubtedly the most representative of Val d’Orcia and southern Tuscany: a pasta similar to spaghetti but thicker, which pairs perfectly with meat-based, tomato, or truffle sauces.
Speaking of truffles, Val d’Orcia is also rich in them, especially the white truffle of the Crete Senesi, one of Italy’s most prized varieties, and it takes center stage in a museum in San Giovanni d’Asso. Its fragrance and flavor are extraordinary, and it is often used to enhance traditional dishes such as fresh pasta and eggs.
The unique flavors of this territory, combined with the exceptional quality of products derived from an untouched environment, make every visit to Val d’Orcia an unforgettable experience for lovers of good food and fine wine.