Benvenuto Brunello

 

Siting in the Tuscan hills, the picturesque, medieval town of Montalcino with a small population of just over 5,000 people[1], is not primarily known as a popular tourist destination; instead, it is renowned for its unique, Brunello di Montalcino wines. The town’s story started some eleven-hundred years ago at the beginning of the 9th century A.D.[2] and in a short time became known for producing wines that since then has been and remains its main source of revenue. Though inhabitants of Montalcino have had winemaking expertise for much of town’s history, it wasn’t until the middle of 19th century that farmers began to plant a variety of Sangiovese they named Brunello. The wine began to acquire international recognition for its quality and ageability in the later half of the 20th century, and in 1999, the Wine Spectator listed it amongst 12 best ever wines of the 21st century, only to upgrade its status seven years later in 2006 to ‘absolute best’ wine[3].
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