Tenuta Col d'Orcia lies in the territory secured in the early 17th century by the noble Sienese family Della Ciaia. After passing through several different hands, the lands were dedicated to winemaking, and in 1933 the First Exhibition of Italian Wine saw three vintages of Brunello under the estate name Fattoria di Sant'Angelo in Colle. In 1973 the estate adopted its new name under the ownership of Count Alberto Marone Cinzano (of the famous Cinzano vermouth family), who was determined to show the world how deserving Brunello was of admiration. Count Francesco Marone Cinzano is the current president of the organization, and Edoardo Virano governs production with the help of in-house enologist Pablo Härri and consultant Maurizio Castelli.
Col d'Orcia covers 540 hectares in Montalcino, of which 142 are planted to vines, from the Orcia River to Sant'Angelo in Colle. As well as producing outstanding wines, the estate is constantly involved in research, the main goal of which is to optimize the quality of the fruit they grow. Together with the University of Florence and Professor Attilio Scienza of the University of Milan, they study planting systems, clonal selection, and coupling vines with their ideal terroir. The resulting discoveries feed further developments in their Brunello, Rosso, and Moscadello di Montalcino, Super Tuscans, Sant'Antimo, and Chianti.
Montalcino / Italy
Price in reward points: 93 / 100