Altesino Winery Guide
The prestigious Brunello di Montalcino maker Altesino is located in the elegant 14th-century Palazzo Altesi on a beautiful estate stretching over 80 hectares. While Altesino is a property blessed with tradition and history, the management has embraced an innovative and brave business approach, looking toward the future. They spearheaded the introduction of the Cru – a single high-quality vineyard- in the Montalcino region (Montosoli) in 1975; they promoted the concept of “futures” (“vente en primeur,” as it is known in France) of Brunello di Montalcino (Brunello Alltesino 1985), they were one of the first Italian wineries to introduce French barriques to the cellar for aging (1979). They made one of the first Grappa di Brunello (1977).
Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini has owned this iconic winery since 2002, and Altesino produces outstanding wines with the help of renowned enologists Pietro Rivella and Paolo Caciorgna. Their Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wine styles are collectors’ favorites, and their Super Tuscan wines, Alte d’ Altesi and Palazzo d’Altesi, are top-class. The wines are highly rated, with 95 points for Brunello di Montosoli in Wine Spectator, as an example. Apart from the historic wine cellars (actually inside the Palazzo), the estate is also home to a “Vinsantaia,” where the drying of the grapes and aging takes place for their famed vin santo wine in “caratelli” barrels. Altesino’s five “Cru” vineyards include Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Macina, Pianezzine, and Montosoli, a cru vineyard particularly famous for the exquisite wines made from the grapes handpicked here.
Brunello di MontalcinoSangiovese 100%, Alc. 13-14%
Brunello di Montalcino MontosoliSangiovese 100%, Alc. 13,5-14%
Brunello RiservaSangiovese 100%, Alc. 13-14%
Rosso di MontalcinoSangiovese 100%, Alc. 13-13,5%
Palazzo AltesiSangiovese 100%, Alc. 13,5-14,5%
Alte d'Altesi IGTSangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alc. 13,5-14,5%
Rosso IGTSangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alc. 13-13,5%
Vin Santo d'AltesiTrebbiano Toscano, Malvasia Toscana, Alc. 14,5-17%
Grappa di BrunelloDistilled of fermented grapes of Sangiovese (Brunello), Alc. 42%
Grappa di Brunello RiservaDistilled of fermented grapes of Sangiovese (Brunello), Alc. 42%
Brandy di BrunelloDistilled from wine in the process of becoming Brunello, Alc. 42%
Extra Virgin Olive OilFrantoiano, Leccino, Correggiolo olive varieties
Facts & Figures
Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, Toscana IGT
Area under Vine
Age of vines
Oak barrel origin
French and Slavonian
Pietro Rivella and Paolo Caciorgna
Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini
Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia Toscana, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
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