PODERE PAGANICO is an estate winery in Torrenieri in the north-eastern part of Montalcino in Tuscany, Italy. Its main wines are Orcia DOC, Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.

OWNER / Owner Anna Maria Buzdon. Ex-pharmacist. Three children.

VINEYARDS / On the hill overlooking Torrenieri from the other side of the Asso. The estate comprises just over three hectares of vineyards. The “Abelardo” Orcia DOC comes from vines grown at an altitude between 240 and 270 meters above sea level, whereas the Brunello DOCG and the Rosso di Montalcino DOC are grown in east to west facing vineyards at an altitude between 260 and 300 meters, where exposure to the sun is at its highest. The vineyard covers ground that was once exploited for its clay. Over the years, the clay pits were filled in with residual soils and humus, such that today the vineyard is like a concentration of all the geological types of the area, duly amalgamated by the passage of time. This makes for a uniquely interesting micro-environment.

VITICULTURE / Rootstocks are 420A, 1103 Paulsen, and S04. Planted at 2.80 x 0.80 = 4,450 vines per hectare. The vines are trellised following the spurred cordon technique, in keeping with local practice, and at the end of the winter they are pruned short, leaving only two buds per branch.

WINEMAKING / Hand picked. Fermented in 50hl steel vats. Aged in wooden casks: oval shaped ones containing 3000 liters, 500 liter tonneaux and the smaller 225 liter French barriques. This is where the secondary, or malolactic fermentation takes place. Ageing in wood varies in duration in relation to the wine being made. The pre-bottling blend is assembled in steel.

RED WINES

ORCIA DOC DOC, ABELARDO100% Sangiovese. 7,000 bottles.

ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC / 7,000 bottles.

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG / Ages in 25-30 hl Allier oak casks for 3 years. After bottling, the wines are aged for a further 2 years. In January of the 5th year the bottles are labelled and released for consumption. 7,000 bottles per year.

ACCOMMODATION

House, villa with 3 bedrooms.

CONTACT

Podere Paganico, Ex. Cassia, 54 / Loc. Podere Paganico / Fraz. Torrenieri / I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena). Italy / www.poderepaganico.it