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Italian wine and grape guide : Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Brunello di Montalcino is possibly one of, if not the, most famous Italian wine, and takes its name from Montalcino, a small Tuscan village located on a hill right in the heart of Tuscany, where the grapes from which is made, are grown.

The Brunello di Montalcino wine is one of the best expressions of the Sangiovese grapes, here it is called sangiovese grosso, and is found everywhere in Tuscany and beyond, however, the microclimate of the Montalcino area allows Sangiovese to ripen more fully and consistently than anywhere else in Tuscany producing a wine known for its ability to stand ageing, even for decades.

The Brunello di Montalcino was one of the first Italian wines being granted the DOCG status in 1980, the higher status in the Italian wine classification, and is made exclusively using 100% Sangiovese grapes grown in the area, no other grape or provenance is allowed.

The Brunello di Montalcino is a red wine and cannot be released for sale before the fifth year from the harvest, or vintage, and it has to age for at least 2 years in barrel and 4 months in the bottle; 2 years and 6 months in the case of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva.

Wine makers making the wine

If what you read sounds interesting, why not try any of the wine/s below made with Brunello di Montalcino DOCG