Brunello of Montalcino Wine
The Brunello of Montalcino wine is produced in the Maremma area in the surroundings of the charming Medieval hilltop town of Montalcino. Its excellence is rooted in antiquity and in the local inhabitants’ passion and knowhow in the art of vineyard cultivation and wine production, which is passed on from generation to generation.
Internationally renowned as one of the finest Italian wines, the Brunello of Montalcino is exclusively produced with Sangiovese grapes (which are called “Brunello” in the Montalcino area) in accordance with strict disciplinary regulations which detail the maximum quantities produced per hectare, the period of maturation, the products characteristics and the examinations that the wine has to undergo before being commercialised in order to boast the DOCG denomination, which it was granted in July 1980.
The Brunello of Montalcino is a majestic garnet red wine, with an intense full-bodied perfume of aromatic woods, brush lands and fruit scents. It is an elegant and harmonious dry wine which lingers on the pallet, offering a complete sensorial experience. Thanks to its particular characteristics, this noble wine brilliantly withstands lengthy aging periods. Depending on the production year, it can be preserved for over 30 years, actually improving in time.
St. Antimo's Abbey
St. Antimo's Abbey is a Benedictine monastery situated in the Italian province of Siena, near Montalcino. Its name refers to Saint Anthimus of Rome, whose relics were moved here during the late 8th century.
The Abbey, founded in the era of Charlemagne and subsequently enlarged in the 12th century, is a magnificent example of the meeting between French and Lombard Romanesque architecture and is considered the most important Romanesque building in southern Tuscany.
The interior consists of three naves divided by round arches resting on columns with alabaster capitals. These magnificent capitals are carved with geometrical, human, animal and flowers motifs. Notable is the so-called capital of "Daniel in the Lions hole” which portrays Daniel praying between hungry lions. Almost at the centre of the church there is a small crypt.
Sant’Antimo is also renowned for the magical Gregorian Chants which are sung every day by the Abbey's monks.