Brunello di Montalcino
Al Vento
SURFACE AREA: 13.1 acres

GEOLOGICAL COMPOSITION OF THE SOIL: subsoil is made up of sandstone with lenses and levels of pebbles and slate.


EXPOSURE: South, South-West.

TRAINING SYSTEM: Bilateral spurred cordon.

ESTATE: Col d'Orcia

WINEMAKER: Francesco Marone Cinzano

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Col d'Orcia estate

This cru is situated on the southern side of Montalcino and is part of the Col d’Orcia estate, which covers around 350 acres and extends as far as the base of Sant’Angelo in Colle. The vineyard, separated into two parts by a ditch running through the middle, is located at the south of Sant’Angelo and was planted way back in 1974 with a massal selection of Sangiovese already present within the estate.

The subsoil is made up of sandstone with lenses and levels of pebbles and slate. The distinguishing feature of the terrain is its lightness and permeability, on which the unique bouquet of the wines coming from this cru depends; at once intense and profound yet refined and graceful, it is certainly the mark of a very powerful wine.

Another factor setting this particular cru apart is the unusual microclimate; cultivated in the hottest and driest part of the designated Brunello area, the grapes benefit from the consistency of the climate and deliver high harvest yields.

Nevertheless, the higher altitude (between 320 and 370 metres above sea level) and frequent ventilation help mitigate heat stress, guaranteeing perfect ripening of the grapes with a long final accumulation of sugars and aromatic precursors provided by a wide range of flavours from vanilla to red berries, from white truffle to a range of spices that gradually becomes more complex with the passage of time.

According to the production code, Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. is made entirely from Sangiovese grapes, must be aged for at least two years in oak containers of any size and cannot be made available for consumption before 1st January of the sixth year after the year of harvest. It can be labelled as a reserve wine if it is not made available for consumption until 1st January of the seventh year after the year of harvest.

The Brunello story dates back to the Middle Ages, when Montalcino’s position on the via Francigena pilgrim route and status as a porto franco (free port) made it an important stopover for goods and people heading to and from Rome. The town’s visitors included emperors, nobles, popes and cardinals from all parts of Europe, accustomed to drinking only the finest vintages, which led to a steady intensification of commerce in the locally produced wines. Initially known as Moscadello, from the 17th Century onwards the local product started to evolve, reflecting the demands of increasingly refined palates by transforming into a wine that could age for four of five years in the barrel: Brunello. From that point it gradually gained acclaim throughout Europe, winning countless international prizes. This expansion came to a shuddering halt in the 1960s due on the one hand to the economic impact on large landowners of the abolition of the Italian sharecropping system, and on the other by the construction of the A1 motorway which bypassed the area and ended the constant procession of travellers through Montalcino. It took around ten years, but the situation soon improved, with major investment in production coming from entrepreneurs old and new, accompanied by concerted teamwork between producers, cultural associations and public institutions aimed at supporting tourism and the wine industry. This combination of factors allowed Brunello to flourish, elevating it to the status of a global icon in the 1980s. In 1980 Brunello became the first D.O.C.G accredited wine in Italy (attesting to its controlled and warranted designation of origin), marking the beginning of a major marketing push involving dozens of foreign events to promote the image of this exceptional wine, burnishing its already notable global appeal. The wine’s success continues unchecked, and it remains a fixture in the world’s most prestigious restaurants and wine cellars.

The grape varieties available in Brunello
di Montalcino - Poggio al Vento