Established in the mid 1800s, Biondi-Santi is one of Italy’s greatest historic estates. While some might argue that Barolo is the king of Italian wines, when looking at the extraordinary balance, elegance and longevity of Biondi-Santi’s wines, there is a compelling argument that it is Brunello that deserves the crown.
The winery was originally founded by chemistry graduate Clemente Santi — recorded in 1869 as having won two silver medals for his ‘vino rosso scelto (Brunello) del 1865’ at Montepulciano’s agricultural fair — but it was in the late 19th century, under the guidance of his grandson Ferruccio Biondi-Santi, that the estate made viticultural history. Ferruccio Biondi-Santi took a clone of the Sangiovese grape, known as Sangiovese Grosso, and produced the first ever Brunello. Biondi-Santi is the home of Brunello di Montalcino.