The Cortonesi winery is a family-owned winery in Montalcino. A strong attachment to the Montalcino territory has always been an essential part of their work, which is based on respect of the surrounding environment, technical and cultural improvement, whil maintaining traditions of the past. The winery is still operated by the Cortonesi family today with vineyards located in two parts of Montalcino; in the area of La Mannella, where the cellar is, and in a place called Poggiarelli. Since the 1990s they have vinified the wines seperately from these two different terroirs, to underline their characteristics and peculiarities of each and express the full potential of the Montalcino territory. Today Tommaso, Marco and Giulio continue the winemaking activity in the name of the family tradition, because everything comes from the family and from the strong link of the Cortonesi family with Montalcino.
The philosophy of the winery has always been characterized by a double paradigm. On one hand the importance of the family history: their own roots and family teachings - respecting traditions and the purity of Sangiovese - that have become fundamental principles of the work of the winery. On the other, continuously studying and improving vine-growing and wine-making techniques while looking to the future.
Most of the vineyards are located in the north, in the area of La Mannella, where the cellar is, and the remaining part is located in the south-east area, in a place called Poggiarelli. Since 1998 wines from these two areas have been vinified seperately. Marco understood the importance of seperateing the grapes from these two different terroirs, to underline their characteristics and peculiarities of each, and to fully show the full potential of the territory of Montalcino. Initially farmed as one single territory, to produce just one wine, in 1998 Marco realized that to unite such different products meant to decrease Montalcino’s potential. The soil composition in fact, consisting of clay and sandstone at La Mannella, rocky and rich in marl for Il Poggiarelli, made wines with scents, tastes and sensations completely different from each other.
“The La Mannella site is located near Montosoli in the northern half of the appellation with gravel and clay Galestro soils. The Poggiarelli vineyard, which made a beautiful singlevineyard wine in 2016, comes from the southern half of the appellation near Castelnuovo dell’Abate, and here the Galestro soils are loose. “There’s no soil here, only rocks!” says winemaker Marco Cortonesi.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Nov/2020