The Estate

zoning, soil and varieties

The Castle of Montepò meets all the criteria of altitude, terrain, wind exposure and microclimate needed to create a unique terroir.
The Estate

Zoning, soil and varieties

The Castle of Montepò meets all the criteria of altitude, terrain, wind exposure and microclimate needed to create a unique terroir.

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t an altitude between 300 and 460 m a.s.l. and a south-southwest exposure, rolling over the gentle slopes of Tuscan Maremma are the vineyards of Castello di Montepò, 50 hectares of the estate’s current total of 600. Vineyards, olive groves and farm land surrounded by coppice woods just south of Grosseto, on the parallel of the Rocca Aldobrandeschi of Talamone: a magical place that Jacopo Biondi Santi, channelling his family’s legacy of experience and dedication, has patiently transformed into the heart of his modern oenological project. But the value of the estate lies not only in its undisputable and bewitching beauty, because the choice of the perfect area to fulfil such an ambitious viticultural project cannot be made without precision and certainty.

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n this sense, the forest becomes the means to acquire a range of essential data, regarding moisture levels, diurnal temperature variations and ventilation intensity. Thus, a vast network of weather monitoring units records and stores all such data, enabling the performance of medium and long term comparative analyses and the observation of microclimatic trends in the estate. A wealth of information that allows the company to monitor the overall climate trends year after year, with rainfall indexes, internal and external humidity between the vine rows, day and night temperatures, the direction and strength of the wind. 

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t an altitude between 300 and 460 m a.s.l. and a south-southwest exposure, rolling over the gentle slopes of Tuscan Maremma are the vineyards of Castello di Montepò, 50 hectares of the estate’s current total of 600. Vineyards, olive groves and farm land surrounded by coppice woods just south of Grosseto, on the parallel of the Rocca Aldobrandeschi of Talamone: a magical place that Jacopo Biondi Santi, channelling his family’s legacy of experience and dedication, has patiently transformed into the heart of his modern oenological project. But the value of the estate lies not only in its undisputable and bewitching beauty, because the choice of the perfect area to fulfil such an ambitious viticultural project cannot be made without precision and certainty.

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n this sense, the forest becomes the means to acquire a range of essential data, regarding moisture levels, diurnal temperature variations and ventilation intensity. Thus, a vast network of weather monitoring units records and stores all such data, enabling the performance of medium and long term comparative analyses and the observation of microclimatic trends in the estate. A wealth of information that allows the company to monitor the overall climate trends year after year, with rainfall indexes, internal and external humidity between the vine rows, day and night temperatures, the direction and strength of the wind. Such analyses do not, however, substitute the work of man within the vineyard, because precision viticulture requires proximity and constant engagement.

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Such analyses do not, however, substitute the work of man within the vineyard, because precision viticulture requires proximity and constant engagement. To this body of data, other important measurements relating to soil quality are routinely added. The clay schist dating back to the Eocene era found in the soil of Castello di Montepò Castle, evaluated and measured by experts from the Universities of Pisa and Florence, has been found to be the ideal soil for the cultivation of the Sangiovese Grosso BBS11 clone, the exclusive property of the Biondi Santi family, creators of the prestigious Brunello di Montalcino. In addition to the geological and orographic aspects, micro-zonal studies have also focused on vegetative indexes and the local microclimate, grouping a significant amount of findings – updated from year to year – which have led all experts to the same conclusion: it is in these hills that Biondi Santi wines can truly shine. A terroir which is not only perfect for Sangiovese, but which can also support international varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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aving stood guard over the livelihoods of its people for a very long time, the Montepò Castle is now the custodian of the noble winemaking tradition represented Biondi Santi, a reference point for an oenological style that has sealed the international reputation of Sangiovese among the wines of absolute excellence.

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o this body of data, other important measurements relating to soil quality are routinely added. The clay schist dating back to the Eocene era found in the soil of Castello di Montepò Castle, evaluated and measured by experts from the Universities of Pisa and Florence, has been found to be the ideal soil for the cultivation of the Sangiovese Grosso BBS11 clone, the exclusive property of the Biondi Santi family, creators of the prestigious Brunello di Montalcino. In addition to the geological and orographic aspects, micro-zonal studies have also focused on vegetative indexes and the local microclimate, grouping a significant amount of findings – updated from year to year – which have led all experts to the same conclusion: it is in these hills that Biondi Santi wines can truly shine. A terroir which is not only perfect for Sangiovese, but which can also support international varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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aving stood guard over the livelihoods of its people for a very long time, the Montepò Castle is now the custodian of the noble winemaking tradition represented Biondi Santi, a reference point for an oenological style that has sealed the international reputation of Sangiovese among the wines of absolute excellence.

CASTELLO DI MONTEPÒ

A wine story

In the heart of Maremma, Jacopo Biondi Santi and his children are writing a new chapter in their family’s history of winemaking excellence.

CASTELLO DI MONTEPÒ

A wine story

In the heart of Maremma, Jacopo Biondi Santi and his children are writing a new chapter in their family’s history of winemaking excellence.

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