The Fuligni viscounts came from an ancient Venetian family of condottieri and generals who moved to Tuscany around 1770. Even then, wine was made on their properties in Maremma and Scansano. Their Montalcino estate was founded in 1923 and the present owner is the exquisite Maria Flora Fuligni, who works side by side with nephew Roberto Guerrini Fuligni, enologist Paolo Vagaggini and agronomist Federico Ricci, who in charge of vineyard management. The property covers roughly 100 hectares (247 acres) east of Montalcino, the historic home to the most classic-style Brunellos. They have almost 25 acres (10 hectares) under vine, principally located at I Cottimelli (which lends the name “Vigneti dei Cottimelli”). Mostly Sangiovese, there is a small portion of Merlot planted, which complements the Brunello grape in the SJ blend. The older vineyards are 380 to 450 meters (1,250-1,480 feet) above sea level, with mainly eastern and southeastern exposure on a stony/clayey hillside with “galestro” marl. The soil is low in organic components – therefore conducive to low yields. Their most recent vineyards have been planted to the southeast on tuffaceous-clayey soil. Crops are further cut back by the vines’ age (12 to 30-plus years), their density, pruning and green harvest. The recently added vineyards are even more densely planted, 10 to 12 years old and at a slightly lower altitude of 300 meters, on predominantly clay terrain, which is better suited to Merlot. The grapes are vinified separately according to cru, in a classically inspired international style, characterized by a strong backbone of acidity and smooth, polished tannins. The Fuligni range covers all of the classic Montalcino offerings: Rosso, Brunello, and Super Tuscan and they are all consistently ranked among Tuscany’s finest. They age in a renovated convent, which was converted to a wine cellar, tasting room and guest quarters. The former convent’s cool, cloistered tranquility provides ideal conditions for élevage.
10 hectares (nearly 25 acres)
Maria Flora Fuligni & Roberto Guerrini Fuligni