Jacopo Biondi Santi
Jacopo Biondi Santi could quite easily have decided to maintain a glorious family heritage which dates back to the 1800’s, when his great-grandfather Ferruccio Biondi Santi created Brunello di Montalcino. But instead he chose to adopt the enterprising spirit of his ancestors to breathe life into new traditions with contemporary style wines. To accomplish his ambitious aims, he created new operating premises inside the magnificent Montepo’ Castle, in the Tuscan Maremma. There he cultivates autochthonous and international varieties for wines that express the vigorous individuality of a man determined to build the future of his family, making it even brighter than in the past.
Wine has literally been a part of the Tuscan civilization for over 3,000 years. From the time the ancient Etruscans settled in the gentle rolling hills of Tuscany, viticulture and wine production have been an important element of everyday life and indeed was even considered to be mystical. Tuscany is a much larger region than many people realize and it encompasses many different wine regions and climate types. The one thing most regions have in common is the selection of grape varietals. In general, Sangiovese is the dominant red varietal and Trebbiano is the dominant white varietal. The north west of Tuscany is mountainous and is famous for the beautiful Apuan Alps. The climate in the north is continental with hot summers and freezing winters.