The Greppone Mazzi estate lies to the east of the hilltop town of Montalcino. “Greppi” means “uneven slopes” and describes the rough scarps in this area. The estate boasts an eighteenth-century villa, whose courtyard contains an old cistern embellished with an iron star, which symbolizes the lofty ambitions of the wine producer. The star has always featured on the label of the sole wine made on the estate: Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino.
The self-draining, arid land, almost drought conditions, is the natural habitat for a special variety of Sangiovese: Sangiovese Grosso. Locals call it Brunello, although many different synonyms are used to define it, which is often the case in popular traditions.