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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Saturday, December 1 2018

An Italian Adventure: Montalcino

By: Anthony Gismondi
Pian delle Vigne arrives at a new station in Brunello di Montalcino

Each week, until mid-December, we are releasing a short film in which we take a closer look at an Italian wine region, filming it through the eyes of the people who are making the wines in them.

In this episode, we travelled to the Montalcino region of Tuscany to visit Pian delle Vigne overseen by winemaker and estate director Fabio Ratto. Ratto gave us warm welcome at the property because guests are a rare occurrence at the meticulously maintained vineyard. that has no visitor facilities, at least for the moment.

Pian delle Vigne, a 184-hectare property was bought by the Marchese Antinori in 1995 and, as is the Antinori way, all of the immediate energy went into the vineyards (there are 65 hectares planted) to elevate the grapes to the highest possible standard. Now that the vineyards have been fully looked after Ratto is excited by the prospect of a new winery being built on site. Don’t worry, it will be modest and understated because at Pian delle Vigne it’s the Brunello di Montalcino that is the star. You will notice the local train that runs through the property in the video and the abandoned train station. Pian Delle Vigne's name comes from the characteristic nineteenth century railway station located on the estate just a few steps from the vineyards.

Watch the rest of the Bolzano to Bari: An Italian Adventure Series.

Further study: Pian delle Vigne

Written By: ag
Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.