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A careful melding of tradition and contemporary technology in the cellar, along with painstaking vineyard work preceding each harvest, yields wines of superb quality and remarkable distinctiveness.
The Renieri tenuta, or winery estate, comprises 128 hectares in the southern quadrant of Montalcino, on slopes that face Monte Amiata. Thirty hectares of vineyards are planted at an elevation of 350-420 metres, their exposures forming an arc from southeast to southwest. Following the grubbing-up of the old vineyards, new vines were planted in 1998, at a density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The yield at just one kg. per vine, the equivalent of one bottle of wine, entails the least stress per plant and ensures perfectly ripened fruit, and thus optimal quality.
The walled medieval village of Montalcino clings to a rocky hilltop, an hour's drive south of Chianti Classico. This southern region of Tuscany is known for its warmer climate, producing wines that are bigger bodied, denser, and packed with a bit more punch. The warmth also provides winemakers more assurances that each year sangiovese grapes will indeed ripen and produce wines of nuance and complexity.