The Brunello region

The Brunello region

The Brunello di Montalcino is a DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) wine produced in the area of Montalcino, a town located in southern Tuscany, in the province of Siena. 

The Brunello di Montalcino region consists of hills and valleys covering an area of about 24,000 hectares, of which about 15,000 are dedicated to the cultivation of vineyards. 

The perimeter of the Brunello territory, develops within the municipalities of Montalcino, Buonconvento, Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Sant'Angelo in Colle and Tavernelle, all located in the province of Siena, Tuscany.

This area is divided into three subregions:

  • the mountain territory (which includes the northern part of the production area)
  • The hilly area (extending from the central to the southeastern part of the production area)
  • The coastal zone (which includes the southwest of the production area).

The mountain territory is the highest and coolest, with altitudes ranging from the 400 to 600 meters above sea level. The hilly area is characterized by altitudes ranging from the 250 to 450 meters above sea level, while the coastal zone is the lowest and warmest, with altitudes ranging from the 150 to 300 meters Above sea level.

The variety of altitudes, exposures and soils in this area allows for the production of Brunello di Montalcino with different organoleptic characteristics, while maintaining the quality and authenticity of the product

How can a wine be called Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.?

To be called Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G., a wine must meet strict requirements set by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. 

Brunello di Montalcino must be produced exclusively from grapes Sangiovese, known locally as "Brunello." Grapes must be grown in the Brunello di Montalcino production area.

The cultivation of vineyards must follow specific technical standards, including a minimum planting density, a restriction on maximum production per hectare, and a ban on the use of chemical fertilizers.

The vinification of Brunello di Montalcino must take place in the production area, following traditional methods, with a Minimum fermentation and maturation of 5 years, including at least 2 years in oak barrels.

Each batch of wine is subjected to an organoleptic analysis to check compliance with color, fragrance and flavor requirements.

Only wines that meet all these requirements can be labeled Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and carry the characteristic wrapper with the guarantee seal of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino

In this way, consumers can be assured that they are buying authentic, quality wine produced in the Brunello di Montalcino region.