Tenuta Vitanza is the name of an estate winery in Torrenieri in Montalcino in Tuscany, Italy. It produces Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG red wines. Its founder owners (see below) sold the estate to the Alejandro Bulgheroni Family Vineyards Group who renamed it Podere Brizio, which see.

Background: Tenuta Vitanza was founded in 1994 when Rosalba Vitanza and her husband-to-be Guido Andretta went for a romantic week-end in Montalcino. They were guest of a friend, a fellow producer, that told them he was trying to sell the original property in Montalcino to buy a bigger place also in the area. At that time they were both living in their native Rome. Guido is an aerospace engineer and was working as management consultant, and had his own company based in United Kingdom and United States. He was Managing Director of a management and training consultancy with many responsibilities, with clients in medium to large size organizations in public and private sectors working in different areas like transportation, pharmaceutical, banking, telecommunications, etc. Rosalba has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and was teaching at Rome University La Sapienza. In 1994 the couple bought their first property, Podere Renaione [also called Pinino?-see below], a country house built before 1600, together with 4 acres of vineyards, olive trees and fruit trees, with the idea of making some wine for themselves and their friends. Rosalba took full responsibility of the estate and started to immerse herself into winemaking with the help consultant enologist Franco Bernabei.

Vineyards: At Benvenuto Brunello 2015 Rosalba Vitanza said they had 26ha of Sangiovese in Montalcino: 10ha in Torrenieri and 16ha in Castelnuovo dell’Abate (near San Polino and Tenuta Crocedimezzo).

Red wines

Rosso di Montalcino DOC: 2010 Bottled. | 2012 11,000 bottles. 6 months in French tonneaux. Plump plum style, bit warm, sweet cherry fruit (Anteprima 2014). | 2013 14,600 bottles. Ripe berries, bright modern plum (Anteprima 2015).

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tradizione: Aged in Slavonian oak only. 2000 Clear fruit, simple, not bad (Anteprima 2005). | 2007 Thick, broad black fruit nose at DWWA 02nd May 2013. Silver. | 2009 24,000 bottles. Cold soak for three days. 36 months in Salvonian botti. Mid-weight, savoury and clear (Anteprima 2014). | 2010 24,600 bottles. OK, bit youthful (Anteprima 2015).

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Andretta: 2010 9,300 bottles. French oak. Quite extracted unlike their other Brunellos (Anteprima 2015).

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva: 2006 Bottled. 36 months in French oak. | 2007 3,000 bottles. 36 months in French tonneaux. £15-29.99. Ripe, clear and fresh nose but dry and extracted on the palate.  Bronze at DWWA 30th April 2013. Elegant, lots of fruit, clear style, nice and open (Anteprima 2014). | 2009 4,600 bottles. Bit simple, sticky fruit, open, simple, fleshy (Anteprima 2015).

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva, Firma: Both French and Slavonian oak. | 2008 16,000 bottles. Three day cold soak. 36 months in French tonneaux (30%) and Slavonian botti (70%). Nice sexy nose from 100% French oak but balanced, not dry/dried out at (Anteprima 2014). | 2009 9,300 bottles. Sweet sticky, rich then no great length, simple tannin (Anteprima 2015).

Quadrimendo Rosso: 2008 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot. 12 months in French tonneaux (Seguin-Moreau and Taransaud).

Volare, Toscana Rosso IGT: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and local Tuscan grapes. Steel. Bottled young.

Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, Vitanza: 4 months in Slavonian botti. 10,000 bottles.