Vineyards

Vineyards and farming practices

The estate's 50 hectares of vineyards are exclusively dedicated to three varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a unique and precious clone: Sangiovese Grosso BBS11.
Vineyards

Vineyards and farming practices

The estate’s 50 hectares of vineyards are exclusively dedicated to three varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a unique and precious clone: Sangiovese Grosso BBS11.

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he vineyards of Castello di Montepò occupy 55 hectares of the total 600 of the estate. Sangiovese Grosso BBS11, the exclusive property of the Biondi Santi family, occupies over 85% of the soils under vines, while in the remainder two other international varieties grow and mature, also red berried, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In the vineyard, a single spurred cordon training system is adopted on plants that have an average age of about 20 years. The agronomic staff of the company, thanks to a monitoring system that makes use of a system of control units located in the vineyards, is constantly informed on the parameters that regulate the vegetative productive development of the plants.

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o these data and studies are added the fundamental ones on the soil. The clayey soils of Eocene origin where the vines of the Castello di Montepò grow, after being evaluated and measured by a pool of professors from the Universities of Pisa and Florence, were judged ideal for the cultivation of the Sangiovese Grosso BBS11 clone, an exclusive family heritage Biondi Santi who, over a century and a half ago, gave birth to Brunello di Montalcino. In addition to the geological and orographic aspects, the micro-zonal studies also focused on the vegetative indices and on the characteristics of the microclimate, grouping a significant amount of data – updated from year to year – which all led to the same conclusion: it is in these hills that the he identity of the wines of the Biondi Santi family would have kept their essence. After having defended the lands of men for a long time, the Castello di Montepò is today the guardian of the great oenological tradition that the name of Jacopo Biondi Santi represents, a reference point for an oenological style and a refined refinement that have marked the supremacy of Sangiovese Grosso among wines of absolute excellence.

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he hills that make up the Castello di Montepò estate are the perfect example of what it means, for a land, to have a profound viticultural vocation. Geologically, in fact, the company’s vineyards fall on soils of marine origin of the Flysch, a succession of clastic sedimentary rocks, of Eocene origin, consisting of cyclical alternations of levels of sandstone, clay and marl. These elements combine to make the soils lean and rich in skeleton, to which are added, just below the Castle, intrusions of compact calcareous sandstone of the pietraforte type. A wealth of mineral elements and soil physics that makes the Castello di Montepò Estate unique of particular importance, capable of profoundly characterizing the physiology of the vine and its adaptation to the habitat in an arid-growing regime.

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o produce wines of superior quality it is necessary that every element that contributes to the vegetative-productive development of plants, between earth and air, undergoes the least number of interventions possible. An oenological goal that Jacopo Biondi Santi has pursued by applying a regime that seeks balance and naturalness in the vineyards of the Castello di Montepò estate, centered on the application principles of dry farming. By rationalizing and optimizing all the natural water resources available, the varietal integrity of the plants is preserved, thus favoring a quantitatively limited but high quality production thanks to the greater concentration of fundamental substances such as sugars and some peculiar aromatic substances contained in the skins. It is in the size of the grape and in the skin / pulp ratio that, above all, in red berried grapes, the most important result is determined, a necessary prerequisite for achieving that productive excellence that has distinguished and defined the productive reputation of Castello di Montepò and a family. Plants in balance, perfectly integrated with the pre-existing natural habitat and the same physical as well as mineral composition of the soils, are crucial in defining the oenological value of the wines produced by Jacopo Biondi Santi.

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he vineyards of Castello di Montepò occupy 55 hectares of the total 600 of the estate. Sangiovese Grosso BBS11, the exclusive property of the Biondi Santi family, occupies over 85% of the soils under vines, while in the remainder two other international varieties grow and mature, also red berried, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In the vineyard, a single spurred cordon training system is adopted on plants that have an average age of about 20 years. The agronomic staff of the company, thanks to a monitoring system that makes use of a system of control units located in the vineyards, is constantly informed on the parameters that regulate the vegetative productive development of the plants.

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    o these data and studies are added the fundamental ones on the soil. The clayey soils of Eocene origin where the vines of the Castello di Montepò grow, after being evaluated and measured by a pool of professors from the Universities of Pisa and Florence, were judged ideal for the cultivation of the Sangiovese Grosso BBS11 clone, an exclusive family heritage Biondi Santi who, over a century and a half ago, gave birth to Brunello di Montalcino. In addition to the geological and orographic aspects, the micro-zonal studies also focused on the vegetative indices and on the characteristics of the microclimate, grouping a significant amount of data – updated from year to year – which all led to the same conclusion: it is in these hills that the he identity of the wines of the Biondi Santi family would have kept their essence. After having defended the lands of men for a long time, the Castello di Montepò is today the guardian of the great oenological tradition that the name of Jacopo Biondi Santi represents, a reference point for an oenological style and a refined refinement that have marked the supremacy of Sangiovese Grosso among wines of absolute excellence.

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    he hills that make up the Castello di Montepò estate are the perfect example of what it means, for a land, to have a profound viticultural vocation. Geologically, in fact, the company’s vineyards fall on soils of marine origin of the Flysch, a succession of clastic sedimentary rocks, of Eocene origin, consisting of cyclical alternations of levels of sandstone, clay and marl. These elements combine to make the soils lean and rich in skeleton, to which are added, just below the Castle, intrusions of compact calcareous sandstone of the pietraforte type. A wealth of mineral elements and soil physics that makes the Castello di Montepò Estate unique of particular importance, capable of profoundly characterizing the physiology of the vine and its adaptation to the habitat in an arid-growing regime.

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    o produce wines of superior quality it is necessary that every element that contributes to the vegetative-productive development of plants, between earth and air, undergoes the least number of interventions possible. An oenological goal that Jacopo Biondi Santi has pursued by applying a regime that seeks balance and naturalness in the vineyards of the Castello di Montepò estate, centered on the application principles of dry farming. By rationalizing and optimizing all the natural water resources available, the varietal integrity of the plants is preserved, thus favoring a quantitatively limited but high quality production thanks to the greater concentration of fundamental substances such as sugars and some peculiar aromatic substances contained in the skins. It is in the size of the grape and in the skin / pulp ratio that, above all, in red berried grapes, the most important result is determined, a necessary prerequisite for achieving that productive excellence that has distinguished and defined the productive reputation of Castello di Montepò and a family. Plants in balance, perfectly integrated with the pre-existing natural habitat and the same physical as well as mineral composition of the soils, are crucial in defining the oenological value of the wines produced by Jacopo Biondi Santi.

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