Exciting times at this Montalcino family estate, as daughters Valeria & Giulia join their parents, Susanna e Carlo Vittori, who bought the property back in 1982. Originally from San Quirico down the road, Carlo’s job as a winery consultant in those early years of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG enabled him to identify & buy 40ha of land at a reasonable price, of which 11ha is now planted to vine, while the rest is woodland & olive groves. Located close to the village of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, on 50 million year old Paleogenic sedimentary, calc white clay & galestro soils, strewn with fluvial river stones from the river d’Orcia 300 metres below, the estate appears to be perched on a breezy ledge facing ESE, with Monte Amiata nearby.
Skip forward to 2002 when the new cantina was built, & to the first release of their Brunello di Montalcino under the Molino di Sant’Antimo label. And to 2013, when daughter Valeria graduated from Firenze’s Universita di Viticultura e Agraria; & then to 2015 when she joined the family business as winemaker. 2015 was incidentally the year in which the estate began converting to viticultura biologica; becoming certified in 2017. 2016 was the year when Valeria started to refine the vinification: slightly cooler to allow a longer ferment/maceration (from 26 days in 2016, 15 days in 2017, 24 in 2018 & 35 days in 2019) & more delicate remontaggio/pumping over/extraction. In 2019 she’s started to introduce new wood/botte, with a 25Hl Klaus Pauscha arriving.Vinification is traditional: stainless steel fermentation, followed by affinamento in 25HL & 58HL Veneta Botti barrels for up to 36 mths (DOCG Brunello disciplinare requires min. 24 mths + 4 mths in bottle prior to release sul mercato)
Key to the range is of course their Brunello di Montalcino, but mention should also be made of their Toscana Rosso ‘Romito Terre Vittori’, a (2k bts/anno) tasty blend of 45% Sangiovese Grosso, 35% Merlot, & 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 8 mths in 225L barriques for the French varietals, & 12HL botte for the Sangiovese; first made in 2004, & thereafter only in exceptional vintages (2005, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019…).They also make a Chardonnay (‘Il Bianco’), Sangiovese Rosato (‘Gina’), Canaiolo (‘Olinto’), Cabernet Sauvignon (‘Perpaolo’), & Merlot (‘Ommio’).
Rosso di Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Toscana Rosso ‘Romito Terre Vittori’ IGT (Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon)