Brunello di Montalcino is produced with one single grape variety – the Sangiovese Grosso. This characteristic makes it a perfect and refined expression of a single grape vine, made with purity. And this one characteristic has made the Brunello di Montalcino one of the most recognizable wines across the world.
Unlike wines made from a variety of different types of grapes, Brunello does not need any particular type of work in wine cellars. This wine is the product of a specific selection of grapes and is made to produce a higher quality product perfect for aging. The grape chosen for this special wine is the large-berry, brown colored Sangiovese, a clone of the classic Sangiovese that is one of the most important and widespread grapes in Italy.
The bulk of the work is done directly in the vineyards and is a result of years and years of research and selection.
This vineyard is vigorous with medium buds. The Sangiovese has strong shoots and produces a wine with a full-bodied, tannic wine with intense color. Its characteristics are also thanks to a systematic series of low-yielding techniques which were designed specifically to produce a limited amount of grapes per hectare. This method was developed in Montalcino which consistently creates a rich wine product with intense aromas.
It’s safe to say that the Brunello di Montalcino is a product of its land in comparison to other vineyards in Italy which doesn’t respect the same techniques and which produce a very different type of wine not suitable for aging.