Brunello di Montalcino Wine Region Guide

Where the Tuscan Dream and Legendary Brunello Unite


Last updated: March 9, 2024


Montalcino, located 40 kilometers south of Siena, is the birthplace of Tuscany’s seminal red wine. The wine is the dense, powerful, and virtually indestructible Brunello di Montalcino. Yet the international community once ignored this (very beautiful) hilltop village, mired in poverty and hamstrung by its geographical isolation. Its salvation came in the late 1980s when a US investor decided to put Montalcino on the global map. After dramatically increasing the area under vine, Banfi started exporting an expression of the Sangiovese grape. This was quite different from Chianti – richer, ripe, and more robust. US consumers quickly succumbed to seduction, and copycat wineries promptly emerged across the region. The award of DOCG status only enhanced its appeal and renown; Brunello di Montalcino had arrived. It offers an authentic slice of the Tuscan dream and is an absolute favorite of collectors and sybarites.


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