Cortonesi (La Mannella)
Production: 35,000 bottles
The "La Mannella" farm, owned by the Cortonesi family, covers a surface of 56 hectares, 8 of which are especially devoted to the production of "Brunello di Montalcino", 2 to olive trees and the remaining ones are occupied by vast forests. Its wine-making activity started at the beginning of the seventies and its vineyards are placed in one of the most valuable areas of the region, both north and south-east from Montalcino. It is a young company, in fact their first bottled vintage is from 1990.
It is strictly a family business and works very much according to the traditions, employing only modern technologies that help in enhancing the quality of the Brunellos. The favourable location of its vineyards and the rocky soils where they are planted all contribute to the making of a deep and elegant Brunello suited also for a long ageing. Alongisde the Brunello, Cortonesi produce a Brunello Cru "Poggiarelli", Rosso di Montalcino, Grappa di Brunello and in the very best years a Brunello Riserva.
Radda in Chianti
Production: 30,000 bottles
Monteraponi is an ancient medieval village, built around a gothic 10th Century tower in the beautiful commune of Radda. An independent ecosystem, Monteraponi is surrounded by a forest of oak and olive trees spread over 200 hectares.
With a strong focus on traditional wine making techniques and organically grown grapes, wine maker and owner Michele Bragnati and his family adopted the estate in 1973.
As Michele says "My goal is to produce a wine, full of mineralogy, acidity and freshness so that it invites you to drink more and more without boring you when the bottle is half full!" When you close your eyes to taste, I want you to be thinking of Radda, which is one of the most beautiful zones to produce the best Sangiovese!
Monteraponi’s Chianti displays amazing complexity in balance with fine tannins. Monteraponi is renowned for producing Chianti’s of elegance, freshness and persistence.