How Do We Clean Wine Barrels?

After 5-6 years, our big oak barrels require cleaning. The surface layer of wood (0.1-0.2 inches) needs to be removed so that the wine is in contact with renewed wood. This is not an easy task, which is why we use a highly specialized external company. In the video below you can see a worker inside the barrel. The barrel, after the planing, is washed with water (photo above)  and then filled again with wine.... Read more >

VIDEO: Vin Santo Production

  A few days ago, we reported that we have gathered and pressed the dried grapes for the production of Vin Santo. The Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes spent over three months on straw mats in our Vinsantaia in order to properly dry. We collected them and placed them in small crates, and then brought them to the winery. The grapes have been unloaded into our press, and the juice coming from them has been analyzed for sugar content and then moved into a stainless steel tank. It will be put into our caratelli barrels in just a few days, when we will remove the 2005 Vin Santo... Read more >

Vin Santo Riserva Sant’Antimo 2015

Yesterday after the mandatory drying time, we collected the Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes which were drying on straw mats for the production of our Vin Santo Riserva Sant’Antimo 2015. The bunches are put in crates and then pressed. They looked very healthy and tasted really sweet. In a couple of days the pressed juice will be put in our Caratelli barrels, to replace the Vin Santo Riserva 2005 that will be bottled... Read more >

Il Poggione 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Arrives in the US!

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino has officially arrived in the US! Today, January 20th, and tomorrow, January 21st, Il Poggione will be participating in the Brunello Consortium events in New York presenting the new vintage. Today from 1 to 6 p.m. we will be at Gotham Hall for a walk-around tasting. On Thursday we will be in San Francisco at The Fairmont – a great start for a great... Read more >