Tenuta San Giorgio is an estate winery in Località San Giorgio in Castelnuovo dell’Abate in the south-east of the Montalcino region in Tuscany, Italy. Its main wines are Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
Owner: Tipa-Bertarelli family (since November 2016). See Poggio di Sotto in Montalcino.
Background: See Poggio al Vento in Val d’Orcia for some background. Enzo Tiezzi told me on 09th April 2015 he worked at Tenuta San Giorgio for 10 years as consulting oenologist when the estate was being run for its German owner who was “sotto controllo del tribunale”. | In November 2016 Guido Folonari (see also Donna Olimpia) sold Tenuta San Giorgio to Claudio Tipa of Gruppo Collemassari for a reported 8 million euros. Tipa already owned Poggio di Sotto (bought in 2011) which he runs separately, Bellarina (bought in 2014) which neighbours Poggio di Sotto, La Velona (bought in June 2016) and Tenuta San Giorgio (bought in November 2016). This brought Tipa’s total landholding in Montalcino to around 200 hectares (494 acres) of land of which 41 hectares (101 acres) of vines, comprising 23 hectares (56.8 acres) of Brunello di Montalcino, 7 hectares (17.3 acres) of Rosso di Montalcino DOC and 11 hectares (27.2 acres) of Sant’Antimo DOC.
Tenuta San Giorgio: The Tenuta San Giorgio vineyard in in Castelnuovo dell’Abate comprises 46 hectares of land of which 10 hectares (22.24 acres) of vines, mostly Sangiovese. 400 m a.s.l. Clayey soils, which alternate with limestone areas with others richer in tuff.
La Velona: La Velona’s vines in Castelnuovo dell’Abate (at Podere Pietranera, which had a 19th-century farmhouse in which La Velona’s previous owner made his wine) were acquired by Claudio Tipa in June 2016. 12 hectares (29.65 acres) of (mainly) Sangiovese of which 7 hectares (12.3 acres) for Brunello. Altitude of 250-280 meters (820-918 feet), lower than the nearby Castello di Velona). Vine spacing of 3 by 1 metres (10 x 3,3 foot) = 3,300 vines per hectare (1,214 vines per acre). South-west exposure. The soil is of miocenic and cretaceous origin so it is rich in tufa, marl and fossils.
Podere Bellarina: Podere Bellarina is located in Localita La Bellarina in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, and was purchased from Tenute Niccolai in 2014. There are 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of Sangiovese (various clones). Cordon. 4,127 vines per hectare (1,670 vines per acre). On the hills facing Mount Amiata. 430-480 metres (1,410-1,575 feet). Soil: ‘terreno ricco di scheletro tendenzialmente tufaceo con intrusioni di argilla’.
Organic certification: 2016 Conversion to organic status began under the ownership of Claudio Tipa.
IGT Toscana Rosso, Cacciacone ‘Guardia Svizzera Pontifica: 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah. L03/10. 14%. Bottle given to me by Pepe Schib (a former Swiss Guard). Bretty, ripe bulbous fruit and simple at Fra’s Friday 31 August 2015.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC, Tenuta San Giorgio: 2009 18,000 bottles. A bit hot, with creamy oak (Anteprima 2011).
Rosso di Montalcino DOC, Ciampoleto: 2011 19,000 bottles. A bit light and green (Anteprima 2013). | 2012 10,000 bottles. Sweet and savoury, herby, OK (Anteprima 2014). | 2013 10,000 bottles. Odd nose, light palate (Anteprima 2015). | 2014 Quite menthol-like, smooth (Anteprima 2016).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tenuta San Giorgio: 2000 A bit dry and light (Anteprima 2005). | 2006 19,300 bottles. Oenologist Piera Ballarro (also works in the Maremma). Creamy, oaky, minty, exotic, with decent weight (Anteprima 2011).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Ugolforte: Named after the leader of a revolt by Montalcino against the occupying Sienese in the 12th century. | 2008 20,000 bottles. 17m in oak. Stretched, light, green (Anteprima 2013). | 2009 Made by Guido Folonari. 20,000 bottles. Palish, bit sweet and sour, dry end (Anteprima 2014). | 2010 20,000 bottles. Sweet and simple (Anteprima 2015). | 2011 65 days on skins. 12m in barriques (30%) new. Decent, fluid and a bit of blur, plump, modern, decent (Anteprima 2016).
Tenuta San Giorgio
Loc. San Giorgio, 30
I-53024 Castelnuovo Abate (SI = Siena), Italy
Tel+39 0577.835623 | www.tenutasangiorgio.it