Brunello di Montalcino is a famous Tuscan wine from the vineyards surrounding the town Montalcino. Brunello was the first wine to be included in the DOCG, which is a classification reserved for the highest quality wines from Italy. Today, Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most expensive wines in the world.
The climate in Montalcino is drier and warmer than anywhere else in Tuscany, which lends the region’s wine the dark red color characteristic of Brunello. Even the name ‘Brunello’ is derived from the color of the wine. It is a diminutive of the Italian word bruno, which means ‘dark’.
Brunello is produced exclusively from the Sangiovese grape. The roots of the production of this wine extend to the Biondi Santi family, who were the first to produce and sell high-quality Brunello.