TORNESI is an estate winery in Montalcino in Tuscany, Italy. Its main wines are Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. The vineyards are located in three distinct areas of Montalcino, by the town itself and in the southern areas of Sant’Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate (see below).

OWNER | Maurizio Tornesi. His daughters are Elisa and and Valeria.

HISTORY | The estate has always produced wine. In 1967 Gino Tornesi registered his vines as Brunello becoming one of the first members of the Consorzio as a wine producer, but not of bottled wine. Gino’s son Maurizio started the production and business side in 1993 with his first wines, Rosso di Montalcino DOCG and his first Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.

VINEYARDS | 2015 5ha of vineyards farmed without herbicides. Vine density is 4,200 vines per hectare. The vines are in three areas. There are 1.5ha located around 1km from the town at Localita Benducce on the left hand side of the road which descends towards Sant’Angelo in Colle. The altitude is 500 metres. Another 2.8ha are located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate facing southwest at 350 metres. Finally, there are 1.5ha of rented vines north-east of the town of Montalcino, near Il Palazzone’s winery. There are two plots, one facing NW and the other SE.

WINERY | Built in 2009 in a classic style, a traditional stone structure. The terrace affords views to Monte Amiata.

WINEMAKING | Hand picked. Paolo Vagaggini consults.


ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC, TORNESI | 2013 4,000 bottles. Bright sweet plump savoury cherry at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2015. | 2014 Simple, green, light at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2016.

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG, TORNESI | 2000 Dry, light at Benvenuto Brunello 18 Feb 2005. | 2009 L13.280. 14%. Light ruby garnet. Bit of a blurred nose, lacks clarity. Bit of funk and greenness in there, with the tannins on the palate somewhat stretched and the fruit somewhat burnt and over-wrought. Lacks tidiness and control at the Consorzio Tues 27th May 2014 with Ian d’Agata and others. | 2010 8,500 bottles. Sticky simple, fullish, over-ripe raisiny, bit flat and won’t really age at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2015. | 2011 Odd nose, funk, mouse(?) poor at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2016.

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG RISERVA, TORNESI | 2006 Bottled. | 2010 OK but a bit primary, dry, green and oaky at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2016.


Azenda Agricola Tornesi, Loc. Le Benducce, I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy / Tel+39 0577.848689