Brunello di Montalcino DOCG: il vino Brunello di Frescobaldi

Castelgiocondo: the wine Brunello di Montalcino of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is produced by CastelGiocondo of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi using the Sangiovese grape. Castelgiocondo is one of the five prestigious estates owned by the Frescobaldi family that, fully respecting the Tuscan tradition, harvests manually, choosing only the best grapes. A rigid selection procedure ensures that only the Sangiovese grapes that meet the following three criteria are chosen:

  • a perfect altitude of between 300 and 400 metres
  • well-drained soils (Marl)
  • optimal south-west exposure.

The CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino is considered one of the best.


The history of Brunello di Montalcino begins in 1800 in Montalcino where Clemente Santi began experimenting with a clone of Sangiovese: Sangiovese Grosso, called ‘brunello’ because of the dark colour of the berries. The legend of Brunello developed thanks to his grandson Ferruccio Biondi-Santi who began began to produce wine selecting only the best grapes and creating, around 1870, a delicate yet powerful red wine. Today Brunello di Montalcino is famous around the world and represents a point of excellence of Italian enology. The protagonist of the first documented tasting in the history of Brunello was Castelgiocondo. Carried out in 1875 by the Ampelography Committee of Siena (charged with the identification and classification of grapevines), it was Castelgiocondo 1843 Brunello, a wine of 32 years with the following characteristics:

  • Alcohol 14,20°
  • Acidity (pH) 5,10
  • Residual solids 23,28

It is extraordinary to realize that the Brunello of that time already had characteristics analogous to those of present-day Brunellos; a testament to the incredible quality of the Montalcino terroir.

Characteristics of Brunello di Montalcino

The terrain of the estate, rich in clay and calcium, favours the production of a Brunello di Montalcino of superior quality, able to provoke emotions through the olfactory senses as well as on the palate. A visual examination reveals a bold ruby-red colour, which perfectly fulfills the desire of those who seek beauty in wine. Raising the glass to one’s lips, the typical fragrances of Brunello arrive directly at one’s nose: fruit, blackberries, currants and cherries. A full and compelling flavour, the typical wine of Montalcino is the ideal pairing for aged cheeses, roast and stewed boar.