Montalcino joins Earthquake fundraising

As we all are aware, just a few days ago a terrible earthquake destroyed several towns in central Italy and caused many deaths. Italy, as always has shown its support, with the work of volunteers and a lot of charity events throughout the country to provide funds for the earthquake relief. Last night a charity dinner was organized by the community of Montalcino, where over 400 people gathered to eat pasta Amatriciana, one the dishes typical of Amatrice (the town hit the most by the earthquake) and to raise money for the... Read more >

Il Poggione at Opera Wine

On Saturday, May 9, Il Poggione will take part in Opera Wine in Verona for the fifth year. Held in the beautiful Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona, Opera Wine is an invitation-only event, organized by Wine Specator and Vinitaly. The magazine has selected 100 top Italian wineries to pour a wine which has received 90+ points in Wine Spectator. We will be there pouring our Brunello di Montalcino 2007. After the event, we will attend a gala dinner to celebrate Vinitaly’s 50 year anniversary, which will take place in the famous Arena di... Read more >

The 50th Annual Benvenuto Brunello

Recently the town of Montalcino hosted the 50th Annual Benvenuto Brunello, unveiling the new vintages of Brunello di Montalcino (2011 Brunello and 2010 Riserva) to the journalists and the trade.  The four-day event held in the Museum of Montalcino featured over 150 wineries showing their wines for nearly 6,000 excited visitors looking to try these acclaimed vintages. During the event, the Consortium unveiled the number of stars assigned to the 2015 vintage, which has been rated 5 stars. Also, as is the tradition at Benvenuto Brunello, wine shops and restaurants that have been high supporters of Montalcino wines are awarded with the Leccio d’Oro award. This year’s recipients are the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Canada, Enoteca Molesini in Cortona, Ristorante Del Posto in New York City and Convivio Troiani in Rome. Also, every year a tile celebrating the vintage and its rating is painted by artists or personalities. To commemorate the historic 50th anniversary of the Brunello appellation, 5 contemporary painters have been chosen: Sandro Chia, Pino Deodato, Bertozzi & Casoni, Gian Marco Montesano and Mimmo Paladino.  These artisan tiles will be prominently displayed on the wall of the town hall in Montalcino.  In the photo above, Fabrizio is sitting in front of the wall of previously commissioned Benvenuto Brunello... Read more >

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 >