Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, September 23 2021

Pian delle Vigne

By: Anthony Gismondi
A jewel in the Antinori crown.

In this episode, we travel to the Montalcino region of  Tuscany to visit Pian delle Vigne, overseen by winemaker and estate director Fabio Ratto.

Ratto gave us a warm welcome at the property, in part because guests are a rare occurrence at the meticulously maintained vineyard with no visitor facilities, at least for the moment.

Pian delle Vigne is a 184-hectare property owned by Marchese Antinori since 1995. And, as is the Antinori way, all of the immediate energy went into the vineyards (there are 65 hectares planted) to elevate the vines and grapes to the highest possible standard. Now that the vineyards have been fully restored, Ratto is excited by the prospect of getting a new winery 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 just a few steps from the vineyards. Brunello gas had an unprecedented run of high-quality vintages, including a terrific 2015 and a sensational 2016. We take you on a short tour of this stunning property, one of the warmest in the Montalcino region and a winery about to get a new station in life.   


Bolzano to Bari: An Italian Adventure Series

Pian delle Vigne website

Lamberto Frescobaldi - Brunello di Montalcino harvest report 2015, 2016 & 2017 (includes 5:30 min video)

Winemaker Bruno Sani and Argiano (17 min video)

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through the Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 25 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on major platforms. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million monthly users from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource full of tasting notes, intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers. Conversations with wine personalities are available on his  YouTube Channel.