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Constanti, a Winery in Tuscany

The Constanti winery family dates, their family in Siena region, back to the 1500s. As political struggles ended, the family became involved in agriculture culminating in grape growing and wine production. The Constanti winery’s history notes that in the late 1700s, while preparing an area for a vineyard, Crescenzio Costanti discovered evidence of Etruscan remains.

Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG 2015

Today the Constanti winery has 25 hectares (62 acres) of property. The vineyards cover 12 hectares (30 acres) of vineyards and olive groves cover 4 hectares (10 acres.) The majority the vineyard grape varieties are Sangivoese (known locally as Brunello). Other grape varieties in the vineyard include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine production in the winery includes fermenting the grapes on skins for 14 to 21 days.  The Brunello is aged in Slavonian oak casks and barriques. Aging takes place for three to 15 years. Some Allier oak is also used for some of the wines.

Products produced  by Constanti include: Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, Rosso Di Montalcino DOC, Vermiglio DOC, and grappas.

Visitors to Constanti can choose to book tours online. Three types of tours are available.

  • Classic Tasting (includes a tour of the vineyards and ageing cellar)
  • Premium (includes a tour of the vineyards and ageing cellar)
  • Excellent Sangiovese (includes a private tour of the vineyards and the ageing cellar and a private wine tasting)

Wines are also available for sale at the winery.

At the Barolo Brunello Barbaresco 2020 wine tasting in Washington D.C. hosted by Empson USA, I tasted the Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG 2015. This wine was produced with 100% Sangiovese grapes.  The  grapes were harvested from vines identified as six to 28-years-old. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel for 14 to 21 days. The protocol for aging the wines included 12 months in Allier oak  followed by 24 months of aging in Slovenian oak barrels and finally a minimum of 12 months in the bottle.  This translucent red color wine was aromatic of red fruit. The mouthfeel was smooth and was full-bodied.  The wine offered smooth tannins. The long finish was accompanied by notes of red and black raspberries. Consider pairing this wine with beef dishes.


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