Montalcino lies in the lower section of Tuscany about 40kms south of Siena with the key vine growing territory surrounding one tall hill with the medieval village at the top. Podere Scopetone began producing wine back in the late 1970’s but it wasn’t until 2009, when local husband and wife team Loredana Tangaelli and Antonio Brandi took over that the brand truly began to gain some focus and momentum.
Their tiny vineyards of 1 hectare dedicated for Brunello and 2 hectares for their other 2 wines (both facing south west) sitting up at approx 450 – 500m which is on the higher spectrum compared with most growers in the region. At this altitude, the soil becomes a little more dense with rock formations and iron rich red silt soils, while the elevation helps retain more freshness and poise in the their wines. The combination helping with higher end notes, minerals and aromatics than many of their local growers and ultimately resulting in wines that show brightness and clarity.
Although the climate is typically and generally Mediterranean, due to the altitude of their vineyards, in the depth of winter, snow is not uncommon, and in the warmer months, they benefit from good wind ventilation and cool nights. Their perfumed and relatively delicate wines are sensitively and traditionally made with fermentation in stainless steel and maceration in 33hl Pauscha Austrian Oak Botti. Like many producers around the region, they have very strong organic farming practices, and in Loredana’s spare time, she is a particular passionate beekeeper so you will find the beehives in the vineyard!