Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

The Fuligni viscounts came from an ancient Venetian family of leaders and generals who moved to Tuscany around 1770. The Montalcino estate was founded in 1923 and the present owner is the exquisite Maria Flora Fuligni, who works side by side with nephew Roberto Guerrini Fuligni, enologist Paolo Vagaggini and agronomist Federico Ricci, who is in charge of vineyard management. The property covers roughly 100 hectares (247 acres) east of Montalcino, the historic home to the most classic-style Brunellos. They have almost 25 acres (10 hectares) under vine, principally located at I Cottimelli (which lends its name to “Vigneti dei Cottimelli”), where the vineyards are located. The winery grows mostly Sangiovese for its excellent Montalcino wines, and just a bit of Merlot. Exposure for the vineyards is southeast and east facing, and the soils feature Tuscany’s typical galestro as well as clay and tuff. Each vineyard is vinified separately and the wines are classically inspired yet internationally appealing, featuring a strong backbone of acidity and smooth, polished tannins. Fuligni offers a complete range of Montalcino offerings, including Rosso, Brunello, and Super Tuscans, consistently rated among the top wines of the area.

The winery itself has been totally renovated and aging takes place in a restored convent, which was transformed into barrel cellar, tasting rooms and guest quarters. The former convent’s cool, cloistered tranquility provides ideal conditions for élevage.

Fugligni’s Brunello di Montalcino is a classic interpretation of the time-honored classic, made from pure Sangiovese grapes, grown exclusively in Montalcino in estate-owned vineyards. The vines are close to thirty years old, with excellent exposure and stony tuffaceous soil dating back to the Eocene epoch. This Brunello ages forty-eight months in total, including at least thirty in oak. The wine features a vast aromatic profile, a succulent palate and structured tannins. A lovely wine to age or drink now.

Wine exported to

Bermuda, Canada, USA, Japan, Korea, Poland, Australia, China

Most recent awards

  • 2015 | Wine Enthusiast98
  • 2014 | James Suckling93
  • 2014 | Wine Advocate92
  • 2010 | Decanter97
  • 2013 | Vinous97
  • 2012 | Wine Spectator92
  • 2011 | Wine & Spirits93
  • 2010 | Gambero Rosso3 Bicchieri
  • 2009 | The International Wine Review94
  • 2009 | International Wine Cellar91
Grape Varieties:

100% Sangiovese

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

18 days

Type of yeast:


Length of maceration:

18 days

Malolactic fermentation:


Aging containers:

Oak barrels and tonneaux

Container size:

35-40 hl. and 5-7.5 hl.

Type of oak:

Slavonian oak barrels and Allier oak tonneaux

Bottling period:


Aging before bottling:

24-36 months

Aging in bottle:

4 months


Natural Cork



Vineyard location:

Montalcino, Tuscany

Soil composition:


Vine training:



300-450 meters (980-1,480 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

5,000 vines per hectare



Years planted:

1989, 1999

Age of vines:

20-30 years old

Time of harvest:

Late September

Total yearly production (in bottles):


Tasting notes:

Deep ruby in color, fruity and floral bouquet with subtle spice; silky, structured and well balanced, with soft, noble tannins.

Serving temperature:

Best served around 18 °C (64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Pairs well with rich, structured dishes, red meat, game, aged cheese.

Aging potential:

20 years


Alc. cont. 14% by vol.


Paolo Vagaggini