San Quirico d'Orcia offers excellent quality food and wine products: oil, which is at the centre of Tuscan agriculture, the fragrant spice of saffron, cultivated and exported since the Middle Ages, and red wines.
CELEBRATING OLIVE OIL
Olive oil is a pillar of Tuscan agriculture. Produced in San Quirico d'Orcia, as in other parts of the Sienese area, the extra virgin DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) "Terre di Siena" derives from moraiolo, frantoio and leccino olives, has a fruity smell and a bitter, slightly spicy taste. For more than twenty years it has been the king of the San Quirico d'Orcia tradition, where it is celebrated with a feast dedicated to it held in December, in the Bridge of the Immaculate Conception.
Saffron is the fragrant spice that comes from the stigmas of crocuses subject to decades of selection and crossbreeding. Praised for its healing powers by Pliny the Elder and Galen, saffron was cultivated in the Val d'Orcia in the Middle Ages, when it was exported mainly to Germany.
In the sixteenth century the production was interrupted and was only resumed a few years ago. Today a good part of the Italian saffron still comes from the Val d'Orcia.
WINE TO SUIT ALL TASTES
The wines of these areas are famous all over the world. The Orcia DOC denomination was established born in San Quirico d'Orcia, with the aim of protecting and promoting the image of the wine and its territory. The undisputed start of Orcia wine is Sangiovese. This noble grape is the common thread that binds our oenology. The denomination includes the Orcia varieties, obtained from red grapes with at least 60% of Sangiovese and Orcia "Sangiovese" with at least 90% of this grape variety, both also in the "Riserva" type. Orcia also includes the types Bianco, Rosato and Vin Santo. The Orcia Doc production area is located between the Brunello di Montalcino and the Nobile di Montepulciano. The wines are created in about forty cellars with the commitment and passion of the producers who overwhelmingly do everything directly: from the vineyard to the sale of the bottles. In an era of globalisation, Orcia wine is still a family and artisan product, made with respect for nature and with excellent oenology and viticulture skills. Orcia wine is produced in one of the most beautiful agricultural districts, partly registered in the Unesco World Heritage list. This is why it is defined as the most beautiful wine in the world!
A spa four kilometres south of San Quirico and is known worldwide for its «water square»
As if the Tuscan hinterland was not enough for your relaxation, in Val di Chiana you will also find the spa of Montepulciano.
A small spa town in the heart of the Val d'Orcia with everything you need to relax at its best and think only of your well-being.