Rosso-Montalcino-Casanova-di-Neri_H1000.Casanova di Neri - Brunello di Montalcino 2011
Brunello_Montalcino_H1000.pngCastello Banfi - Brunello di Montalcino 2011
Riserva_Poggio_all_Oro_Brunello_MontalciCastello Banfi - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG “Poggio all’Oro” 2010



Montalcino lies in Tuscany, in central Italy, about forty kilometers South of the city of Siena, in the hill-lands of an uncontaminated landscape. A land of farms with an ancient history and of rare beauty which, since 2004, is enlisted among the locations of Heritage of mankind by Unesco. The territory of Montalcino consists of one tall hill, mostly covered by forests. Farm cultivations are a mix of vineyards, olive groves, and seeded crops, with a large number of stone buildings that are a witness to centuries of cultivations in these lands. Montalcino and its hamlets Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Sant'Angelo, and Torrenieri are small cities of art with an overall population just a little over five thousand inhabitants.The area where the Montalcino wines are made lies within the confines of the Municipality of Montalcino. A district of 24,000 hectares, of which a mere 15% is occupied by vineyards. It is a pretty much squared area, the sides of which are bordered by the rivers Ombrone, Asso, and Orcia.

The Hill of Montalcino has several pedological environments, owing to its formation over different geological ages. The lowest areas are made up of relatively loose soils, which originated in the Quaternary due to the flow of debris with a deep, active layer. As one moves up, the soil becomes dense with rock formations, while the active stratum thins out, since these are soils formed by the decomposition of original rocks, namely marl and limestone.

Montalcino lies 40 km away from the sea in airline, and 100 km from the Apennine Mountains. Its climate is typically Mediterranean, tendentially dry, but with occasional continental connotations, given its position midway between the sea and the Central Apennine. Precipitations mostly occur in spring and late autumn (yearly average rainfall: 700 mm). Snowfall is possible during winter at heights above 400 meters. Fog, ice, and late hoarfrost are rare in the medium hill strips, factor in part due to the presence of wind, which provides the best habitat for the healthy growth of vegetation. Mount Amiata down South, with its 1,740 meters of height, towers over and protects the territory of Brunello from weather hazards like rain and hail storms.

The climate is prevalently mild during the entire vegetative phase of the vine, with a high number of clear-sky days that make for a gradual and full ripening of the clusters. The presence on the territory of slopes with differing orientation, the pronounced modulation of the hills and the altimetric gap (from 120 to 650 meters above sea level) between the valley areas and the lands most atop (Poggio della Civitella), determine quite varied micro-climates, even in areas very close to each other.

The most widespread method of cultivation for vines is the spurred cordon, which is obtained by way of a short pruning (double gems)
of a variable number of horns per vine. The secret of the quality of the Brunello of Montalcino is treasured in the grapevine: a meticulous labor by hand, from dry pruning to the selection of the most fit offshoots, from the containment of the vegetation to the trimming of the bunches, processes that all share the goal of reaping and selecting the best fruits. Certain winemakers carry out a second selection at harvest, so that only perfect grapes are sent away to the wine cellar.


Production Rules of Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino was recognized as a wine of DENOMINATION OF CONTROLLED AND GUARANTEED ORIGIN with the Presidential Decree: D.P.R. 1/7/1980, and various modifications ensued subsequently. The rules established by the disciplinary regulations in vigour according to the Decree of 19/5/1998 are as follows:

- Production area: The Montalcino Township
- Variety: Sangiovese (also called “Brunello” in Montalcino)
- Maximum yield of grapes: 80 quintals per hectare
- Ratio of grape yield to wine: 68%
- Minimum aging in wood: 2 years in oak. Minimum aging in bottles: 4 months
(6 months for the Riserva)
- Colour: intense ruby red tending towards garnet as it ages
- Odour: characteristic intense perfume
- Taste: dry, warm, lightly tannic, robust and harmonious
- Minimum alcohol content: 12.5% Vol.
- Minimum total acidity: 5 g/lt
- Minimum net dry extract: 24 g/lt
- Bottling: can only be done with the production area
- Ready to be sold: 5 years after the year of the harvest (6 years for the Riserva)
- Packaging: Brunello di Montalcino can only be sold if it is in Bordelaise
shaped bottles

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EVENTS CALENDAR  January - November 2016

19-21 January 2016Wine Tasting USANew York - Chicago
19-22 February 2016Benvenuto BrunelloMontalcino
7-8 March 2016Wine Tasting CanadaToronto
13-15 March 2016ProweinDüsseldorf
10-13 April 2016VinitalyVerona
16-20 May 2016Top Of The Dop Incoming UKMontalcino
23-25 May 2016Top of The Dop Seminari GermanyMunich - Hamburg Berlin
27-28 June 2016Wine Tasting BrazilSan Paolo
4-5 July 2016Top Of The Dop Seminars UKBristol - Brighton
29 August-1 September 2016Brunello Experience Asia TourSeoul – Taipei – Singapore - Kuala Lumpur
7-11 September 2016Incoming GiapponeMontalcino
20-23 September 2016WineSurf TastingMontalcino
28 September 2016Seminar Ais Massimo CastellaniVerona
November 2016Incoming NorwayMontalcino
9-11 October 2016Incoming VinariusMontalcino
10 October 2016Wine Tasting SwitzerlandZurigo
16-20 October 2016Incoming South East AsiaMontalcino
October 2016Benvenuto Brunello ItalyCity TBD
22 November 2016Seminar Ais Massimo CastellaniCaserta
25 November 2016Seminar Ais Massimo CastellaniBrescia
25 November 2016Brunello&Barolo The Italian KingsCopenhagen

Source and more info: Consorzio del Vino di Brunello di Montalcino