Brunello di Montalcino is known globally as one of the oldest wine regions in Tuscany. The region is located approximately 70 miles south of Florence and 20 miles south of Siena. Its inception dates back to the 14th Century, but it wasn’t until 1980 that the region was recognized a wine with Denomination of Controlled Origin (DOC). This means, the production of the wines follows strict rules and regulations. Later, the region achieved Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin (DOCG) status which means Brunello di Montalcino DOCG wines have the highest level of quality for Italian wine.
Brunello di Montalcino wines are 100% made from Sangiovese Grosso berries and must be planted at altitudes less than 600m. These berries are the large berried form of the Sangiovese from Chianti. The altitude requirement is to ensure the grapes catch enough sun and mature before harvest. Berries grown less ideal conditions are used to make Brunello variations known as Rosso di Montalcino. Brunello wines are known for their deep color, fruity taste, and berry aroma with hints of vanilla and spice. The distinctive taste is due to the unique fermentation methods, which include aging the wine for at least four years. Half the fermentation period must spend in French oak barriques. Today there are an estimated 200 winemakers from the region producing 3.5 million bottles of wine every year.
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