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The Supertuscany: his majesty Brunello di Montalcino   

Brunello di Montalcino is a red wine with Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) [1] produced in Tuscany, in the municipality of Montalcino, in the province of Siena.

Brunello di Montalcino can be considered the Italian red wine with greater longevity. Brunello is the name that was given in Montalcino to a grape that was believed to be an autochthon plant. In 1879 the  Viticultural Commission of the province of Siena confirmed, after years of experiments, that Brunello and Sangiovese were the same variety of grape.

In Montalcino the Brunello denomination was then used to describe a wine produced from Sangiovese grapes in purity.

Brunello di Montalcino must age a minimum of two years in oak of unspecified size, and at least four more months in the bottle, and cannot be sold before January 1st , five years from harvest. Brunello di Montalcino can hold the Riserva denomination if sold after January 1st , six years from harvest, after a  minimum of two years aging in oak, and a minimum of six months in the bottle.

The elegance and harmonic wine body pairs with red meats, game, mushroom and truffles.

Brunello can also be paired with cured cheeses..

Brunello must be served in wide glasses, to grasp the complex and harmonious flavor and should be served at a temperature of about 18° C-20° C

 
The younger brother: Rosso di Montalcino 

Rosso di Montalcino DOC produced in the municipality of Montalcino, though less valuable, is a wine that is suitable for less demanding consumption, while maintaining the highest features of Montalcino’s wines

Its characteristics are:

Color : intense ruby

Flavor: dry, warm, slightly tannic

nose: intense,

Rosso di Montalcino character is enhanced by typical dishes of the Tuscan cuisine from the decisive taste but may equally pair and add value to the most diverse international cuisine. It is a perfect match to medium-bodied dishes, such as pasta with meat sauce, poultry, mushrooms or truffles, risottos; main dishes with beef/pork or veal. Must be served in a goblet glass with a temperature of about 18°C.

The manufacturing process that should be followed for the production of this wine is the same as the more famous Brunello. During the process of fermentation, the grapes must remain in contact with the juice, to enhance the aromas of the wine. Fermentation is followed by racking where mast and marc are separated. The following processes are refining and aging, then bottling in Bordeaux-style bottles. This wine can be sold at the beginning of September of the year following that of harvest.

ORCIA DOCG

undoubtedly a less noble wine of Montalcino’s but is still a great wine made from different varieties, Sangiovese (min. 60%) as well as other non-aromatic grapes with a maximum of 10% white grapes. The colour is a Ruby Red tending to garnet with aging. Odor: fruity; Taste: sapid, harmonic. 12 degrees. Sold after: March 1 of the year following harvest.

VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO

VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO is not produced in the Val d'Orcia but still belonging to this “terroir”.

Is a wine obtained from grapes of Prugnolo gentile, Canaiolo Nero and Mammolo. The color is ruby with orange reflections when aging. The nose is delicate, intense, pronounced with violets and the flavour is dry, bitterish, harmonic, slightly tannic. Minimum alcohol  12.5°. Categories: vintage with 2 years ageing, reserve with minimum 3 years aging.

The Vino Nobile can be paired with roasted red meat, poultry, game and venison.

Where to taste wines from the Val D'orcia

Az. Agr. Poggio al Vento: Podere Poggio al Vento is situated in the municipality of Castiglione d'Orcia close to castello di Ripa d'Orcia. The Mascelloni family welcomes you to visit. Wine tastings in the cellar every day from 10.00 to 19.00. Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

Az. Agr. Bagnaia: Podere Bagnaia  is on the Via Cassia, just outside San Quirico d'Orcia, towards Torrenieri; Here the family Franci welcomes you every day (info: +39 347.45.62.044).

Fattoria del Colle: is situated about 2 km outside of Trequanda towards San Giovanni d'Asso. The farm is open every day from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 14.30 to 18.30 ( English and French spoken). Cinelli Colombini family is also in Montalcino at the farm Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino, with the same visiting hours, except on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment.

Capitoni Marco: the farm lies in the hills between Pienza and Monticchiello. Rows of vines and green cypress trees adorns the farm. Marcus Greene and her family will welcome you every day . Reservation is appreciated.

ATRIVM: the farm is located along the road from Torrenieri to San Giovanni d'Asso, in the lovely Valley of a small tributary of the Orcia river, close to the agricultural consortium. Upon reservation you can taste wines, visit the vineyards and the cellar. Open year-round up to a maximum of 12 people per tasting,

CAMPOTONDO: the Winery is located in the small medieval town of Campiglia d'Orcia located between Monte Amiata, and the heart of the Val d'Orcia, here you can taste wines daily with reservation. We welcome up to a max of 8/10 people per tasting.

Trequanda: Trequanda farm covers over 1,200 hectares around the homonymous town in one of the most picturesque landscapes of the Sienese area. Its wines, extra virgin olive oil D.O.P. Terre di Siena and prized chianina meat, invite you to taste their products ,.visit the cellars and tastings