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After the small Piancornello vineyard was acquired by the Pieri family in 1950, the grapes were first sold to local wine producers. It was not until the early 1990s that Silvana Pieri decided to produce her own fine wines with only one vineyard. It was at this time that she handed over the company, located in the southern corner of Montalcino opposite Monte Amiata, to her son Claudio Monaci and his wife Silvia. The wines of Piancornello are distributed by the producer Avignonesi, located in the Montepulciano region.
The vineyards, which have shrunk from ten to five hectares due to the division of the inheritance and are mainly planted with Sangiovese, extend about 250 metres above sea level. The grape yield is low. The vineyards are exposed to a warm sea breeze all year round, which makes it possible to harvest early and before the onset of rains. The soil consists of sedimentary rocks of maritime origin. The many fossils and pebbles make it loose and permeable. For many years, the estate has been run according to the rules of organic farming and is soon to receive organic certification.
Claudio and Silvia are very careful with the hand-picked grapes. In the old cellar, the plants are fermented in stainless steel and a little wood under strict temperature controls with the vineyard's own yeasts in order to optimally emphasize the special character of the terroir. The fermentation takes 21 to 30 days and is carried out directly in small barriques due to the lack of space in the cellar. Tonneaus are also used for the ripening of the plants.
The result of the work in the cellar are modern wines with a lot of finesse, which year after year make the critics' guild rave. The 2006 vintage of the wonderful and in its category very inexpensive "Brunello di Montalcino" was awarded three glasses. Gambero RossoThe following can also convince "Rosso di Montalcino" and the "Poggio dei Lecci". "Per Emma" stands for a novelty from Piancornello. It is a strong, concentrated wine made from the very old Tuscan variety Ciliegiolo. SUPERIORE.DE
"Space for good wine is in the smallest hut ... Sensitively and with great serenity, the winegrower runs his family business."Gambero Rosso
- Year of foundation: 1991
- Vineyard: approx. 10 hectares
- Annual production: approx. 50,000 bottles
- Conventional cultivation