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.
Castello di Vopaia
Radda in Chianti
Production: 30,000 bottles
Today, as the eleventh century, the village is intimately involved in the wine-olive oil production, because the fermentation room and wine cellars, the vinsantaia and bottling, and the mill orciaia modern-yet-still housed in the basement, in the halls, churches desecrated and in buildings of the village, joined together by an amazing "wineduct" underground. Volpaia, is thus not a mere "theatre for tourists", but the centre of a complex rural activities which are directly or indirectly linked to all the inhabitants of the village.
Visiting the cellars of Volpaia is a unique experience that will guide you through all the palaces and churches of the village.