Festival of Music in Montalcino

  Yesterday in Sant’ Angelo in Colle we celebrated Santa Cecilia, patron of music and musicians, with a concert inside the church of San Michele played by the citizens band of Sant’Angelo and Cinigiano, a village in the province of Grosseto. Everyone really enjoyed the concert, and pieces from some very famous films were played; among these one from The Last of the Mohicans (see above video) and one from Life is Beautiful directed by Roberto Benigni (see below video).     This event was a great initiative, bringing together a large group of people. And, according to tradition, the concert was followed by a great lunch prepared by some women of S. Angelo for all the people taking part to the... Read more >

St. Martin’s Summer

Today in Italy we celebrate St. Martin. During this time of the year, it is typical to have a few days of warm temperatures, almost summer-like, even though we are in Autumn. This period is called St. Martin’s summer because, according to Catholic tradition, around 300 A.C., St. Martin of Tours gave half of his cloak to a beggar who was cold due to a rainstorm. Later that day he gave the other half to another beggar. Immediately after, the sky turned bright and the temperature became mild. In Montalcino we are experiencing St. Martin’s summer. Right now it is very sunny and the temperatures over the past few days have risen to over 68°F (20°C) with a peak of 73°F (23°C) on Sunday. In the evening the temperature is normal, 46°F... Read more >

Il Poggione at Eataly in New York

Last night, Il Poggione had the opportunity to taste our Brunello di Montalcino with consumers at La Birreria at Eataly in New York City! My father and the Il Poggione head winemaker, Fabrizio Bindocci, also presented, along with acclaimed wine writer, Jancis Robinson. We had a great time at the event! Here are some photos of me with my father and some of the distinguished guests. (Me displaying a bottle of our Brunello di Montalcino) (Famed restaurateur and Eataly partner, Joe Bastianich, and me) (My father, Fabrizio Bindocci, with Walter Speller, journalist and Italian wine coverage on... Read more >

Welcome to the new look of the Montalcino Report!

As you can see, I have revamped the look and feel of the Montalcino Report to make it easier to search old posts and explore our archive of Montalcino-related information. Moving forward, the content will be the same to what it has always been, providing you with a day-to-day view on the vines, wines, people and life of Montalcino. I hope that you will continue to follow the Montalcino Report. If you have not done so already, please subscribe to our mailing list to make sure that you don’t miss a post! Salute!... Read more >