Italy: Tuscany

Montalcino and Montepulciano

Heartland for classic reds from Sangiovese
By Michèle Shah

This Guide was last updated on 28 April 2011
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Azienda-Agricola-Cupano
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Azienda Agricola Cupano

Address: Podere Centine 31 Loc. Camigliano 53024 Montalcino (SI)
Tel: 0577 816055  Fax: 0577 816057
Email: cupano@cupano.it
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:2:40N (43.04431)    Longitude: 11:27:23E (11.45642) 

Ornella Tondini and Lionello Cousin’s small estate Cupano is situated towards the southwestern border of Montalcino, perched on a hill facing the Maremma and the confluence of the Orcia and Ombrone valleys, with stunning views over Mount Amiata, the castle of Poggio alle Mura and the ancient village of Camigliano. It is one of the most charming estates to visit in Montalcino, producing outstanding Brunello which stands out for its individual character and personality. Cupano pursues biodynamic farming in its 3ha of vineyards which are among the most densely planted in the region. The Brunello, from minuscule yields, undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrique where it also ages on its lees. The wines are above all elegant, beautifully balanced with ripe tannins and fruit, well-structured, layered with depth and extremely drinkable. Prices are relatively high, but worth it!

Useful information: Open for visits all week by appointment only. Cost of tasting is flexible and usually depends on what you drink - you pay for the bottle which you can then take away with you. Maximum of 10 per group.

 

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