Podere Canapaccia | winery on the outskirts of Torrenieri in the north-eastern part of the Montalcino region in Tuscany, overlooking the historic Via Francigena. The name Podere Canapaccia derives from the farming of hemp, the estate’s historic activity.

Owner | Simone Violini, whose father is Natale Violini. | Manager Federico Bartolomei (see Podernuovo).

Vineyards | Around 1ha of Brunello and 0.5ha of Rosso di Montalcino in total. At the back of the winery there is a small plot (0.18ha) of Sangiovese but this is classified IGT. The main vineyard is on the SP14 road leading up to Montalcino from Torrenieri, near La Rasina. There are two blocks: planted 1997 on 5BB or 420A [not planted by Federico]; and the other planted in 2004 on 420A [planted by Federico]. The neighbours are Biondi-Santi and La Rasina (to the east on the other/lower side of the SP14), olive trees belonging to Casanuova di Neri (descending to his car park), Solaria to the north-west and La Verbena to the south-east.

Winemaking | Hand picked. Destemmed. Fermented in 50hl steel tanks for 15 days. Run off. Pressed. MLF off skins. Aged in 500-litre French puncheons (1st ,2nd, and 3rd fill.

White wines

Vermentino, Podere Canapaccia | 2013 L01.14 Imbottigliato da Agrivitae s.r.l. Crisp, neutral, bit herby/sulfury on 22nd Jan 2015.

Red wines

Rosso di Montalcino DOC | 2011 L01/2013. Decent fruit, if rather simple bit simple on 25 May 2014. | 2012 L 02/14. 13.5%. Soft easy style on 25th March 2015. | 2014 Nice sappy cherry and plum, bright, new oak veneer on 21st Dec 2015.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG | 2000 24 months in botti grande. Wild soft fruit with soft wood behind, like pink fruit, very good when tasted at the Benedetto Vino tasting in Siena on Saturday with Paola and Guelfo Magrini. | 2006 14%.  L 03/10. Smooth fruit and tannins, well put together (5 Feb 2020 with Ben Robson et al.). 20,000 bottles. Mainly sold in Italy (only 2,000 exported). | 2008 See Light, decent, simple stuff, perhaps a bit confected (fined I would imagine) at Viale Piave 32 with Pepe, Guelfo, Paola, Sil and Arthur on 8 June 2013. | 2008 L01/14. 14% A bit attenuated, somewhat light fruit (27 March 2015). | 2010 10,000 bottles. | 2011 13.5%. L 02/16 Bit bretty (early January 2017). | 2013 14% alc. L03/18. Plenty of fruit, juicy tannins, smooth and easy to dispatch (tasted Sept 2019).


Podere Canapaccia

Agrivitae srl Società Agricola, I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy