Brunello di Montalcino organics

Tuscany’s Brunello di Montalcino rivals Piemonte’s Barolo and Barbaresco as Italy’s most revered red wine. “Brunello” is Montalcino’s name for Sangiovese, the grape from which the wine is made. Montalcino has around 3,500 hectares (8,650 acres) of vines and 250 wineries. A decade ago, Montalcino had just half a dozen organic or Biodynamic estates and was mired in a blending scandal, one cause of which was lacklustre viticulture. Salicutti was Montalcino’s pioneer organic estate from 1994 under Francesco Leanza (he retired in 2016 and sold Salicutti to the Eichbauer family from Munich). Today, around 40 Montalcino estates are either certified organic or Biodynamic with more in conversion, helped in part by Montalcino’s natural biodiversity. More land is under forest in Montalcino today than there was a century ago.

  • Bolsignano (Roberto Rubegni)
  • Camigliano (Ghezzi family)
  • Campi di Fonterenza (Padovani family)
  • Casa Raia (Kalyna Temertey-Canta; Pierre-Jean Monnoyer)
  • CastelGiocondo (Frescobaldi)
  • Cava d’Onice (Simone Nannetti)
  • Col di Lamo (Gianna Neri)
  • Col ‘d’Orcia (Francesco Marone Cinzano)
  • Collelceto (Elia Palazzesi)
  • Collemattoni (Bucci family)
  • Cordella (Maddalena Cordella)
  • Cupano (Ornella Tondini, Lionel Cousin)
  • Fornacella (Ciacci family)
  • Fornacina (Simone Biliorsi; Janne Enevoldsen)
  • Franci (Fabio Tassi)
  • Il Paradiso di Frassina (Carlo Cignozzi)
  • La Magia (Fabian Schwarz)
  • La Palazzetta (Flavio Fanti)
  • La Rasina (Marco Mantengoli)
  • La Serena (Andrea Mantengoli)
  • Le Chiuse (Simonetta Valiani)
  • Le Macioche
  • Le Ragnaie (Riccardo Campinoti)
  • Loacker Corte Pavone (Loacker family)
  • Pian dell’Orino (Jan Erbach, Caroline Pobitzer)
  • Piancornello (Claudio & Silvia Monaci)
  • Piombaia (Roberto Cantini)
  • Podere Il Coco (Giacomo Bindi)
  • Podere Le Ripi (Francesco Illy)
  • Poggio di Sotto (the Tipa family)
  • Poggio San Polo (Allegrini-WineBow)
  • Renieri (Bacci Wines)
  • Salicutti (Eichbauer family)
  • Sanlorenzo (Luciano Ciolfi)
  • San Giuseppe (Stella di Campalto)
  • San Polino (Luigi Fabbro, Katia Nussbaum)
  • Santa Maria (Marino Colleoni)
  • SassodiSole (Roberto Terzuoli)
  • Tassi Fabio (see also Franci)
  • Terralsole (Mario Bollag)

 Three of Montalcino’s big five estates are organic:

  • Castello Banfi is Montalcino’s largest vineyard. 850 hectares of vines, and 2,830 hectares of land in total (olives, forest, cereal crops). Organic trials.
  • The Frescobaldi family’s Castelgiocondo comprises 263ha of vines, 15ha of olives and 47ha of cereal crops. Certified organic from 2015.
  • Francesco Marone Cinzano’s Col d’Orcia comprises 143ha of vines, 30ha of olives, and 200ha of cereal crops. Certified organic from 2013.
  • The Franceschi family’s Il Poggione comprises 120ha of vines plus 480ha of land (olives, forest). Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Solar powered winery.
  • The Ghezzi family’s Camigliano comprises 93ha of vines and 60ha of olives. Certified organic from 2017.