Producing some of the more elegant and savoury versions of Sangiovese from Montalcino

Belpoggio was established on a historic vineyard site in Montalcino in 2005 by Enrico Martellozzo and his wife Renata Rami, herself a great lover of the region of Tuscany and its wines. This tiny estate is located on some exceptional terroir in the village of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, sitting pretty at 400m above sea level on alternating layers of sandstone and volcanic subsoils. The couple named it Belpoggio, translating as ‘beautiful hill’, for indeed, it has some of the best views across Monte Amiata. It’s a special place with a unique microclimate, which although is known to be one of the warmer areas in Montalcino, is moderate when it counts, with the extinct volcano whipping cooler down to the site, and the Ombrone river below projecting it up during the heat of summer.

The site is only 10 hectares, with just half of that dedicated to Sangiovese. From here, Francesco Adami switches gears from the Prosecco of sister-label Bellussi, and makes his mark with Brunello. Winemaking here keeps to a traditional mould, with gentle controlled fermentations and maceration and then aging in large oak casks (3000L). The terroir here is known to produce some of the more elegant and savoury versions of Sangiovese from this region and Adami is earning his stripes with red wines, already with much acclaim in particular for the Brunello di Montalcino from Gardini, Falstaff, Decanter, Parker and more.

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Belpoggio Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Tuscany (Montalcino), Italy

Belpoggio Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Tuscany (Montalcino), Italy

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