Spollonatura – The beginning of the pruning process

The good weather has come back; in the past several days we had partly cloudy weather with lows around 12°C (54°F) and highs around 20-22°C (68°F-72°F). The weather is expected it to remain stable for the next few days. Meanwhile in the vineyards we are working for the “spollonatura”: this is very important work consisting of removing the  buds born on the trunk of the vine by hand , therefore reducing the number of buds that will produce grapes. This is the first step of the pruning process and it is crucial because it reduces the production of the grapes early in the season and the nutrients concentrate toward a smaller number of buds. In the pictures you see the vines before and after the...

Philanthropy and Celebration in Montalcino

Last Friday and Saturday the Consorzio del Brunello celebrated its 50th anniversary. Read More about the 50th Anniversary Here ; We wrote about the conference Friday morning which celebrated the founding families. Friday night, in the beautiful medieval Fortress of Montalcino the gala dinner took place. It was prepared by the Cerea brothers from 3 Michelin star restaurant, Da Vittorio, from Bergamo.             In the picture on the right (Fratelli Cerea) they are in the middle together with the President of the Consorzio (at their left) and the governor of a local charity called Misericordia, responsible for managing health and emergency services in the territory of Montalcino. During the dinner, in fact, all of the proceeds from the Consorzio sold the 50th Anniversary celebratory boxes were donated to Misericordia. The intent of the dinner was not only to enjoy some time together celebrating the Consorzio, but also doing something good and tangible for the territory. The evening ended with beautiful fireworks.         Another conference was held Saturday about the future of Montalcino and its wines: different people intervened and they discussed the increasing demand of wines from Montalcino, a trend that is expected to grow. Our manager and winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci  also intervened as President of the Fondazione Territoriale Brunello di Montalcino, a new association that intends to invest in voluntary contributions of the winery in different projects and activities, mainly devoted to implementing social and health services, as those carried out by the...

50th Anniversary of Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino

This morning we were in Teatro degli Astrusi in Montalcino for the first part of the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. The President of the Consorzio Patrizio Cencioni (photo above) started the conference with his welcome speech. Then Luciano Ferraro, from Il Corriere della Sera, was called on stage as well as the members of the 25 families who founded the Consorzio back on April 28, 1967. (Photo on right) Our proprietor Leopoldo Franceschi (photo) received a celebrating plaque in memory of his grandfather Leopoldo (photo plaque). It was a great emotion for everybody to remind how everything started back in time and how important the effort and the union of these people have been to build the appellation and to help Montalcino to become one of the most important world-wide known region. Afterwards Marco Do (above), from Michelin Italia, presented the special guide to Italy’s best Restaurants, that Michelin has created with the collaboration of the Consorzio del Brunello. The Consorzio presented a special box that was made to celebrate this important event (photo above): there are two bottles of 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, donated by different wineries, with two labels made exclusively for this special occasion. Tonight, during the gala dinner, the boxes will be sold and the proceeds will be entirely given to a local charity (the Misericordia), that is in charge of emergency care services in the territory of Montalcino. More updates on the celebration at the beginning of the...

50 Years of Consorzio del Brunello

Tomorrow we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Consorzio del Brunello. In 1967, 25 young producers, including Leopoldo Franceschi, owner of Il Poggione at the time, gathered and founded the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino with the intent of protecting and promoting the appellation. The celebrations will take place tomorrow, April 28, and Saturday April 29. Tomorrow we will kick off with a conference, hosted by Luciano Ferraro, a journalist from Corriere della Sera, one of Italy’s leading newspapers.  He will be talking about 50 years of history for the Consorzio. During the conference the founding members will be commemorated and awarded. Then, tomorrow night, a gala dinner will be held in the beautiful medieval Fortress of Montalcino. The dinner will be prepared by the 3 Michelin Star restaurant, Da Vittorio, with its chef Enrico Cerea. The dinner will be devoted to collecting fund for charity activities within the territory of Montalcino. Saturday the celebrations will end with another conference that will look at the future of Montalcino for the next 50 years, especially in terms of development in the international markets. In the next days we will give you photo and video updates on these days of...