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.
The Brunello di Montalcino appellation is now universally acknowledged as one of the highest expressions of the Sangiovese grape in a combination of expressive power and sublime elegance and longevity that has made this wine famous worldwide, also thanks to the commendable publication by Italian wine writer Luigi Veronelli.
Hot summer days and nights cooled by sea breezes hone the complexity, balance and concentration typical of great Brunello wines. Greppone Mazzi is home to a 50-year-old Brunello vine that was used as the rootstock for new plantings.
120, 25 under vine
Steep slopes with varied altitudes of the vineyards.
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