Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini grew up in Rome. While studying economics at university, she met Paolo Angelini, whose family’s pharmaceutical company was the largest in Italy. She was just 20 years old when the pair married. From a very young age Elisabetta dedicated herself to the art world, helping to manage a production house operating in the realms of both theatre and cinema. During this period her two children, Igino and Alessandra, were born. Following the premature death of her husband, Elisabetta became a member of the Angelini Board of Directors in the 1990s, but in 1998 she decided to sell her stake in the company and take on a challenge that excited her. “After pharmaceuticals, wine is the best drug”. She therefore threw herself headlong into a new adventure, attending evening classes in oenology and studying agriculture at university. “My dream was to go and live in the country. That’s why I think I’m a lucky woman, because in my middle years I got the chance to decide of my own free will what I would do with the time left to me before I get old”. She may be lucky, but Elisabetta certainly hasn’t decided to spend the latter part of her life relaxing under the Tuscan sun. In 1997 she bought Borgo Scopeto, an estate in the Chianti Classico area. A couple of years later she became the owner of Caparzo, a Montalcino winery of many years’ standing. Finally, in 2002 she was offered the chance to buy Altesino, one of the most prestigious winemakers in the Montalcino area, and she had no intention of letting it slip through her fingers. “Altesino is a little gem. It’s my baby.” Despite being relatively young in wine industry terms, Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini demonstrated right from the outset that she had no qualms about shaking up the prevailing outlook of the businesses she acquired. “I was in no way intimidated. I was widowed when my children were still very young, and from then on I brought them up on my own. I normally have a smile on my face, but when I get angry everybody knows about it”. She decided to ‘renovate’ everything, vines included, according to the most modern criteria and with no expense spared, consulting with some of the most widely recognised oenologists and agriculturists in Italy. Since then “my passion for wine drives everything: each year’s vintage must be even more perfect than the one before”.

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Montosoli terroir
Rising above the hills to the east of Montalcino, in the magnificent Tuscan terroir’s remote northernmost extension, is the austere 15th Century Palazzo Altesi which dominates the Altesino estate. The ancient walls of the Palazzo house the famous wine cellars, and the surrounding 200 acres contain the five plots that make up the core of the vineyard’s production: Altesino, Macina, Montosoli (the first cru in the history of Brunello di Montalcino, long esteemed for the production of wines of the utmost elegance), Pianezzine and Velona.
While the estate dates back to the 1400s, winemaking only became the main focus in 1972, when astute Milanese businessman Giulio Consonno decided to buy it and subsequently expand the wine producing areas through an innovative modern approach.

The first vineyard was planted on the Montosoli hill, the estate’s crowning glory, in 1973. A forerunner in the search for excellence, Altesino introduced the concept of crus under its own denomination in 1975 through the Brunello obtained from this single 12-acre vineyard on one of the most emblematic hills of the Montalcino area.
In 1979 it was the first winemaker in the Montalcino area to use the smaller French-style ‘barrique’ casks, while the first estate’s first grappa was produced in 1977 thanks to consultations with master distiller Gioacchino Nannoni. Further evidence of the modernising of the concept of a winery was provided with the issue of the first Brunello wine futures, relating to the forward sale of the 1985 vintage of Brunello Altesino. Since 2002 Altesino has been owned by the Gnudi Angelini family.
The most representative wines are certainly the Brunellos, especially the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – only produced in the years that enjoy the very best harvests – and Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli.

Brunello di Altesino has a pleasant, distinctive aroma of violet and dark berries, accompanied by delicate woody notes from the oak aging process. It is a well-structured wine, but also demonstrates a refined elegance.

The grape varieties available
in Brunello di Montalcino - Montosoli - Altesino