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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There is some controversy over the origin of the name. Some claim that it derives from the Latin term Caput Arsum, or sunny peak; others maintain that it is a derivation of Ca’ Pazzo, as shown on some ancient maps. The vineyards, cellars and agricultural equipment were all introduced at the end of the 1960s and both the land and the cellars have constantly been updated to remain state of the art.

Innovative training systems, in particular various clonal selections, are still being tried out in the vineyard to this day. Overall, the estate covers an area of 495 acres, 220 of which are vineyards, 10 are olive groves, 215 are wooded and 50 are in the process of being planted with new vines.

More than forty years have passed since the first vines were planted and the first wines produced in the cellars. In this period, Caparzo has steadily grown while respecting the traditions of Brunello and the various crus on the estate, enhancing its wines with a spirit of creativity and a thirst for innovation but scrupulously adhering to the very best quality standards.
The grape varieties available
in Brunello di Montalcino - Montosoli - Caparzo