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The Agricola Centolani, located in the province of Siena, is an enchantingly beautiful and dynamic winery with two souls. This is because the three estates Friggiali, Donna Olga and Pietranera, which belong to the 250 hectare farm, are spread over two completely different areas of the Montalcino growing region.
Friggiali in the west, situated at an altitude of 350 to 400 metres, stands for a Brunello of exceptional elegance that thrives on relatively loose soils. Today the estate has 20 hectares of vineyards. Originally Giovanni Peluso had acquired only four hectares of land for hunting, but later he and his wife Marisa bought vineyards. In Pietranera in the southeast of Castelnuovo dell'Abate, near the castle of Velona, a richer Brunello on dark earth of volcanic origin is created, which has quite high proportions of iron and other metals. Since the grapes ripen faster here, they must be harvested earlier.
The family-owned winery, which also includes olive groves, produces wonderful, powerful and expressive wines from Sangiovese Grosso and Merlot grapes, which are held in high esteem by experts, under the advice of Paolo Vaggini, a well-known oenologist in the region. The Brunello di Montalcino Pietranera, the Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Friggiali and the Brunello di Montalcino Donna Olga, cultivated for years by Olga Peluso, the very sensitive and reliable manager, on the higher and warmer west side of the hill of Montalcino, are regularly awarded high ratings by wine critics. Around 60 percent of Centolani's fine wines are exported overseas.
Olga Peluso's strong attachment to the region's typical terroir is demonstrated by the modernization of the cellar at the Friggiali estate, where barrels of different sizes and textures are stored. The expansion of the plants can thus be adapted exactly to the respective vintages. The Tuscan farm also has an agriturismo area. SUPERIORE.DE
- Year of foundation: about 1980
- Owner: Family Peluso Centolani
- Oenologist: Paolo Vaggini
- Annual production: approx. 250,000 bottles
- Vineyard: approx. 43 hectares
- Conventional cultivation