Did you know that wine from Montalcino (the name Brunello was invented much later) was first served at Buckingham Palace in 1696? And that it boasts many firsts in Italy, including the first Italian wine scandal? Perhaps, like most people, you don’t. Which is why it is worth making the trip to the newly reopened Museo del Brunello in the Fattoria dei Barbi, just outside Montalcino. There, you can learn the history of this precious drink in both English and Italian, including the juicy scandal when, in 1472, all of Bishop Piccolomini’s grapes were seized because he had not respected the start date for harvest. Besides history, you will also discover how this finest of Italian wines is made today, and how vintages can obtain the Brunello di Montalcino label.