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Brunello di Montalcino: Altesino (Elisabetta Gnudi) purchases again in the historic “cru” Montosoli

The producer now owns more than 62 hectares of Brunello, with leading estates such as Altesino and Caparzo
Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini in the vineyard of Montosoli

The vineyard in Montalcino never sleeps. And so, while the first bunches of Sangiovese began to fall in the territory of Brunello, the news of another affair between the rows arrives. The protagonist is the producer Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini, who, with an investment of 2.4 million euros, acquired, at the auction at the Court of Siena, yesterday afternoon, surpassing several claimants, 1.6 hectares of Brunello di Montalcino in the historic cru Montosoli, which thus add to her already important vineyards, which, only in Montalcino, now exceed 150 hectares (62 of which in Brunello and 25 in Rosso), put together with properties of absolute prestige as Caparzo (founded in 1970 and then acquired in 1998) and Altesino (acquired in 2002), which will be the winery that will benefit from this new acquisition.
“We are very happy and we are celebrating this new purchase: Altesino has “invented” the crus in Montalcino. There was and there is still a producer of great level as Baricci, our neighbor - comments Gnudi to WineNews - but Altesino was the first company to believe in cru, in 1975, and for me to add this hectare and a half to the 5 that Altesino already had in Montosoli (and to which should be added the 9,5 that are part of Caparzo, ed), was a very important thing, and it is the real aim of this investment that has brought to our reality another 10 hectares of land - the property of the former estate La Togata - of which 9 are vineyards (including two in Rosso di Montalcino, ed)”.
An important investment, therefore, that confirms the producer as one of the reference names of Montalcino, also thanks to “a clear strategy from the beginning of my journey: the majority of our presence is on the northern side, but from the beginning I wanted to buy vineyards in all the different areas of Montalcino, which I was lucky enough to have done when the prices allowed it. We have worked hard on this, and now I am very satisfied that Altesino and Caparzo, especially in markets such as the USA and Canada, are reference brands for Brunello di Montalcino”.
These are the words of the producer who leads an increasingly important group in the Tuscany of wine, which brings together over 300 hectares of vineyards, with the winery of Borgo Scopeto, in Chianti Classico (70 hectares of vineyards) and La Doga delle Clavule in Morellino di Scansano (60 hectares of vineyards), in addition to those of Montalcino. This is one of the most prestigious areas in Italy, where the market value of Brunello’s vineyards is estimated at around a million euros per hectare, and where, despite this, trade has not slowed down in recent times. As evidenced by the deal, which is about to close, which sees the “cradle” of the great Tuscan red wine, Biondi Santi (of the Epi group of the Descours family) acquire 6 hectares, in the “cru” San Polo, from the Argentinean entrepreneur Alejando Bulgheroni (who would thus remain with 35 hectares of Brunello, in two excellent areas, with 27 hectares at Poggio Landi and 8 hectares at Podere Brizio), or the acquisitions, even of small plots of land and vineyards, which have involved, in recent months, leading realities such as Gaja (which, in Montalcino, already owns Pieve di Santa Restituta), Antinori (the estate is Pian delle Vigne) and Casanova di Neri, which have increased their presence in the territory of Brunello.

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