San Giorgio

Brand Description

The winery was founded in 1982 and purchased by the Tipa Bertarelli Family in 2016.  It covers 360 acres with the recent addition of a new cellar and 62 acres under vine with 10-20+ year old vines.  Production yields are maintained extremely low to ensure the highest quality wines at just 4-5 tons per hectare.  All vineyard management and production is carried out by hand and adheres to principles that respect nature and the land. 

Location of Vineyard

Located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate at the top of a ridge at 1,300 feet above sea level, San Giorgio is uniquely positioned in the southeastern part of Montalcino.  The soil is rich with fossils and there is also a major presence of clay with big portion of tufaceus outcrops. The climate is mild and Mediterranean with nearly constant winds.

Winemaking Philosophy

A viticulture totally based on respectful methods and principles toward the environment allows a spontaneous productive balance with very low yield per hectare, completely harvested by hand and carefully selected.

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“Deep, dark red fruits and exotic spices give way to hints of menthol, flowery undergrowth and tobacco as the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolforte unfolds in the glass. It’s silky-smooth and cool-toned with ripe woodland berries, hints of clove and blood orange. Fine tannins coat the palate, but energy remains high due to vibrant acidity, as this tapers off with a salty, almost silty minerality under rosy inner florals. The 2016 spent only six months in second-pass barriques before being completed in 30-hectoliter Slavonian oak for another 40 months. Retasting this wine with another year of bottle age was a total pleasure.”
— acclaim for 2016 San Giorgio Ugolforte Brunello di Montalcino from Vinous, Dec 2021
“This is a full-bodied red with ripe blackberry, smoked-meat and burnt-orange notes. Strong tannins with a lots of chewiness. Quite tight on the finish. But there is pureness and beauty to this. More opulent than the 2015.”
— acclaim for 2016 San Giorgio Ugolforte Brunello di Montalcino from James Suckling, Jun 2021
“This red is fresh, with pure black cherry fruit accented by licorice, earth, tobacco and spice notes. Firmly structured yet more sleek than dense, thanks to a brisk acidity, the lingering tannins are offset by an echo of ripe fruit.”
— acclaim for 2016 San Giorgio Ugolforte Brunello di Montalcino from Wine Spectator, Jun 2021
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