FATTORIA DEL CERRO is a winery in the Montepulciano region of Tuscany. It was founded in 1978. The main wines are Chianti Colli Senesi DOCGRosso di Montepulciano DOC, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOC, and Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC.

Owner | Tenute del Cerro S.p.A is the Wine Company of Gruppo Unipol, one the biggest European Insurance Company (source: website Nov 2015). Other members of the group: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano by Fattoria del Cerro, La Poderina (Brunello di Montalcino), Colpetrone (Montefalco Sagrantino), Monterufoli (Vermentino). This followed from SAI Agricola’s purchase of the estate in 1978, SAI Agricola being the agricultural arm of the insurance giant SAI. Cerro was the principal of their three wine estates.

Staff | CEO: Vincenzo Tassinari. | Commercial Director: Giovanni Lai. | Oen consultant: Riccardo Cotarella started here in 2010 [seems to have replaced Lorenzo Landi]. | Manager: Guido Sodano. | PR: Tiziana Mazzetti. | External relations: Marco Castignani (340.1384700).

Vineyards

2015 On Monday 09th Nov 2015 Marco Castignani told me by phone the estate comprised 181ha of vines of which 93ha of Vino Nobile. The vines are mainly in the southern sector of Montepulciano at Argiano and Vicroce. He said the terrain was comprised of clay and sceletro. “We have a large estate, which allows us to select the best grapes for the Vino Nobile.” He said the studies by the University and Pisa found three old clones of Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) which they replant from–the clones are called Grifo, Bravìo and Brescello). In terms of style he said “we want something with immediacy, elegance, drinkability and freshness. We do not want the fruit to taste heavy, oaky or overly alcoholic. We do not use oak barrels as we do not want an oaky taste. The wines are aged in large Slavonian oak vats.” 

2018 600 hectares of land of which 181 hectares of vines. Of this 94ha of Vino Nobile (making Fattoria del Cerro the biggest privately owned producer of Vino Nobile), 50ha of Rosso di Montepulciano, 20.4ha of Chianti Colli Senesi, and 0.3ha of Vin Santo di Montepulciano. Older vines at 3,300 vines/hectare. Newer ones at 5,000 vines/hectare. Pliocene era soil containgin fossilised (sea) shells and stones. Average altitude of 350-450 metres.

Native wine grapes | Colorino & Pugnitello. Nicolas Belfrage (2001, p140) said the estate was ‘among the most important planters of Colorino in Tuscany with over 20 hectares as winemaker Lorenzo Landi considers Colorino vital for the depth of colour and polyphenols it adds to their wines; and like San Felice, Fattoria del Cerro was also working on Pugnitello as a valid native blending variety.

Winery | Large (obviously…). Stainless steel for fermentation.

Other crops | 241ha of arable land, 180ha of woodland, 13ha of olive groves.

WHITE WINES

Bracciolo

Cerro Bianco | Chardonnay.

Manero Bianco | 2012 Modern creamy central Italian white wine flavours–greengage and sour cream–then a somewhat phenolic finish at the Anteprima 2014.

RED WINES

Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG

Rosso di Montepulciano DOC | 2018 Plump simple cherry fruit at the Anteprima 2019.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Fattoria del Cerro | 2015 100% Sangiovese (‘Prugnolo Gentile’). Bright red fruit and vanilla, lightish weight, easy texture, well styled if a bit technical at the Anteprima 2018. | 2016 100% Sangiovese. 300,000 bottles. Plump cherry fruit and smooth oak at the Anteprima 2019.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Antica Chiusina | A selection from the best vineyards. 90% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva, Fattoria del Cerro | 2002 Modern style, coffee nose with French oak and some concentration of fruit and a slightly bitter finish tasted at the consorzio on Tuesday 8th March 2005. | 2011 Deepish red shows promise but the fruit is a bit stretched and stewy at the Anteprima 2014. | 2014 New oak and thick polished fruit at the Anteprima 2018.

Poggio Golo | Merlot. 24 months in barrel.

Manero Rosso | 100% Sangiovese. 24 months in barrel.

SWEET WINES

Corte Oro Bianco | A late harvest white from 50% each Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc planted in 1996 and first made in 2001 (Rosemary George MW 2004, p197). | 2001 “Fermented in oak. 2,000 half bottles. No obvious botrytis on the nose,” (Rosemary George MW, ibid). | 2010 Sweet-tasting, light and a bit dull and stretched at the Anteprima 2014.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Nicolas Belfrage MW, From Brunello to Zibibbo—The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy (2nd edition, London, 2003).

Rosemary George MW, Treading Grapes (London, 2004).

CONTACT

Fattoria del Cerro

Via Grazianella, 5

I-53045 Montepulciano (SI = Siena), Italy

Tel+39 0578.767722 | www.fattoriadelcerro.it