CASTELLO DI MONTEPO, estate in Scansano in Grosseto province in south-west coastal Tuscany. It was created by Jacopo Biondi-Santi (see Biondi-Santi, Montalcino) for the production of red wines such as Sassoalloro and Schidione and Morellino di Scansano DOCG.
OWNER | Jacopo Biondi Santi (called ‘the sherrif’; rides a motorbike; special helmet made from oyster shells). First vintage was 1998.
BACKGROUND | The estate belonged Sergardia, an old Sienese family, for 300-400 years. In 1700 the estate totalled 14,000 ha, one of the largest estates of the time. It later became the property of Graham Green, a former Chairman of the British museum and nephew of the well-known author (GG’s wife kept a rose garden with 130 diff types). The castle remains but the ramparts have gone but there are four towers; at 500 metres dominates the countryside;
VINEYARDS | Now 500-ha of which 50-ha of vines.
Castello di Montepò, I-58054 Scansano (GR = Grosseto), Italy | Tel 0564.580231