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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Address: Loc Colombaio di Montosoli 13, 53024 Montalcino (SI)
Tel: 0577 848109  Fax: 0577 848109
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:4:40N (43.07770)    Longitude: 11:29:2E (11.48386) 

Nello Baricci, one of the 26 founders of the Association of the Brunello di Montalcino in 1967, is the personality who most represents the host of small producers who contributed towards making the Brunello di Montalcino the great wine it is today. His farm, Colombaio di Montosoli, has always been one of the great crus of the Brunello and is a small set-up that made its name thanks to the quality of the wines and the seriousness of the Baricci family. Here tradition is really at home and the Brunello wine has remained completely unchanged, unlike others that have followed so-called ‘international customer tastes’. The soil, the position, the well cultivated vineyard, the Sangiovese grapes and the medium capacity oak barrels make up a really genuine Brunello wine. Baricci’s annual production is only about 13,000 bottles of Brunello and 18,000 bottles of Rosso. Today the estate is managed by Nello’s son-in-law Pietro Buffi and his son Federico Buffi, both will give you an exceptionally warm welcome.

Useful information: Open for visits and tastings, groups above five people need to be booked in advance. Tastings are free of charge. A little English is spoken.


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