Understanding the terroir of Brunello using Google Earth

Now more than ever are people talking about terroir of wine. So with this post I wanted to explain the terroir of Montalcino and Sant'Angelo in Colle by using a wondrous tool called Google Earth (if you do not have Google Earth, please download it and search for Sant'Angelo in Colle and Montalcino and you will find all kind of interesting informations and photographs of our land). 

This is the first post in a series of posts that I will try to explain the terroir of Brunello di Montalcino using maps and images from Google Earth.

Here's a map of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation confines. Only Sangiovese Grosso grapes grown in this area can be used in the production of Brunello di Montalcino.

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Here is the same map with the the area around Sant'Angelo in Colle evidenced.
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The winery and estate where my father and I work, Il Poggione, is in the village of Sant'Angelo in Colle (the name of our village means Saint Angelus on Hill). Our vineyards are situated just to the south of the village. The fact that we are in the south of the appellation is important but I will speak about that in the next post.
Here is a Google Earth screenshot of the same evidenced area.
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In the lower corner to the left you can see that Sant'Angelo is at 400 meter above sea level. The altitude of our vineyards is very important for having cool temperatures at night to allow the fruits of the vineyards to ripen slowly during warms days of summer months. Not all of the appellation is so high in altitude and not all the growing site can make such good fruit for superior Brunello. That is why our village is called Sant'Angelo IN COLLE because it is situated on a hill. This is very good for the vineyards.
Here is the link to Google Earth: http://earth.google.com/
I invite you to download Google Earth and look about Montalcino and Sant'Angelo in Colle and to see why it is such a special place to grow grapes for fine wine.
In the next post I will show more images and talk about Monte Amiata and why so important.
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