The Mastrojanni Wine Estate is an important manufacturing entity in the Brunello di Montalcino region, not far from Siena, producing wines of the highest quality which are appreciated throughout the world. Since 1975 Mastrojanni has been making history with its wines, collecting prizes all over the world. It was back in those days that the lawyer Gabriele Mastrojanni bought the San Pio and Loreto estates and decided to plant the first vines of Sangiovese, thus starting a new wine venture in the Montalcino region when wine producers in this part of Tuscany were few are far between. Nowadays, thanks to its exceptional “terroir” and to the men who have always believed in the venture, Mastrojanni is one of the most respected wineries in Brunello di Montalcino. The Mastrojanni family, with their continued love of the land, have entrusted the management of the estate to Andrea Machetti who runs the place full-time, assisted by Maurizio Castelli, an internationally renowned oenologist, both of them contributing passionately to the growth of the company in Italy and abroad. I am welcomed by Andrea Marchetti who accompanies me on my visit of the winery. The wine cellar has a beautiful wooden area for finishing the wines, with stone-filled gabion baskets holding the weight of the hill above. Walls and arches of terracotta bricks with only a small amount of concrete, wooden chestnut beams, and terracotta tiles are all elements which make up the building. In this environment where tradition and innovation find a perfect balance, the wines are allowed to mature for up to four years: “we are sure it will feel good here and become even better” the technicians tell me, and I can confirm that they’re correct! One of the wines I have tasted and highly recommend is Brunello di Montalcino 2015 with its deep intense color and complex flavor. I also recommend Cru Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto and Vigna Schiena d’Asino, although I must admit that I really liked all the wines I tasted: Rosso di Montalcino, Ciliegiolo with its characteristics typical of the soils from which it is born, San Pio Cabernet di Montalcino, and last but not least the sweet Botrys passito. Having tasted these excellent wines, why not spend a night or two in complete relaxation among the vineyards of the Val d’Orcia region in the elegant and refined atmosphere of Mastrojanni’s Relais… an experience not to be forgotten!
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