To produce the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG Castello Romitorio the harvest begins with a careful selection of grapes from the estate’s eldest vineyards, located in the Northern zone of Montalcino. Each vineyard block is monitored throughout the vegetative process, blocks are chosen and each cluster is carefully tended in order to ensure that the fruit reaches a consistent and optimal ripeness. The Sangiovese clusters are then harvested meticulously by hand. Each vineyard block is then vinified separately. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with an initial short period of cold maceration (below 20°C) on the skins for about 15-20 hours. This is followed by up to 24 days of maceration at a higher controlled temperature. Malolactic fermentation that is naturally caused then lasts for about 10 days, before the wine is rested to separate the lees. The wine matures in oak for approximately 36 months, and after bottling the wine is aged in Castello Romitorio’s temperature-controlled cellars for approximately 24 months before release.
Only a truly extraordinary harvest can produce the Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG. Since its establishment in 1984 Romitorio has released only a handful of vintages of this wine.
The magnificent fortress that is Castello Romitorio, sits high on the hillside above the village of Montalcino, surrounded by vineyard land and forest. Once abandoned, the resurgence of this great Roman fort occurred in 1984, when famous artist Sandro Chia purchased it from friend Baron Giorgio Franchetti in exchange for a few of his paintings. As well as renovating the building to become his studio, Chia decided to re-plant the surrounding vineyards which too had been left forsaken and build a brand new winery at the foot of the fort. This fascinating building is adorned with treasures from the surrounding area; recovered Roman ruins, sculptures, amphorae and so on. In 2005 Sandro’s son Fillipo Chia joined the business, and together with his father, they have built a reputation of critical acclaim for these wines. The estate consists of 16 hectares planted with Sangiovese on soils of marl, clay and alberese. Agronomist Massimo Achilli takes great care in the vineyard to best preserve the integrity of the Sangiovese grape, using low impact agricultural practices and sustainable choices where possible. In 2020 they began their journey toward Organic certification and hope to be officially certified by 2023. “Working with a vineyard is like working with an individual: you begin with what is already there, what exists, and seek not to change it but to enhance it’s unique place in the world.” Sandro Chia. The wines at Castello di Romitorio show Sangiovese at its highest expression with vibrant fruit, noble tannins and the extra degree of maturity that you would expect from wines from Montalcino. Perfectly integrated wood aging, pure complex fruit and rich yet extremally elegant and appreciable character combine to produce some of the region’s most sought after wines. The stunning artwork which makes up the labels for Castello Romitorio’s wines are that of Sandro Chia’s, a fitting tribute to the man who brought life back to this land.