To produce the Rosso di Montalcino DOC “Vermiglio” Conti Costanti fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and lasts approximately two weeks. The wine ages for 12 months in 5HL French tonneaux and 12 months in 30HL Slavonian oak casks.
The grapes for the “Vermiglio” come from Costanti’s estate in the Brunello appellation, just outside the town of Montalcino. The vineyards are located between 310-440 metres above sea level with an ideal exposure. The soil here is ‘galestro’ with high limestone content. The Sangiovese vines are between 6 and 25 years old and they are planted with a density of between 3,300-5,500 vines per hectare.
The Costanti family has owned this 10 hectare estate for over 200 years. Andrea Costanti inherited it from his uncle in the mid-1980s and has worked hard to take it to its current position as one of the very best in Montalcino. The style is characterised by a striking elegance and intensity, combining the power of Montalcino with the elegance that comes from vineyards situated at a high altitude in the northern part of the zone. The vineyards are planted over 400 metres above sea level on galestro soil – a soil type that is typical of the area. This friable rock soil is also found in Chianti Classico and is particularly suited to the production of top-quality Sangiovese.