The castle of Montaùto sits atop the ridge that it shares with the village of the same name. From the castle, the view across the valley to the town of San Gimignano is something quite special. San Gimignano is home to the white variety Vernaccia and Italy’s first DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata), which was granted in 1966. Now a family residence, the castle was purchased by the Cecchis in 1988 and is surrounded by top-notch vineyards from which they make their Vernaccia di San Gimignano and their Chianti. Made in tiny quantities, these wines are a snapshot of the terroir in this magical place.