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In 1987 a group of Swiss friends, who had been holidaying near Montepulciano for years and who loved the local wine, decided to buy a wine estate in the region. They were so fond of the wines from Cannetto that they bought the property. They took on an Italian partner, the agronomist Ottorino de Angelis who has been in charge of the day-to-day management of the estate.
The estate has 48 hectares (26 hectares are under vine) in one plot, below the winery. The soil is heavy, pebbly marl, at an altitude between 350 and 400m. The aspect is southwest, and the vines are planted horizontally to the slopes, not vertically. They will be certified organic from the 2018 vintage.
The Rosso di Montepulciano is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot. The grapes are destemmed, soft-pressed and then fermented in stainless steel. The wine is aged for six months in steel, and then for a further three months in bottle.
Bright ruby red in appearance, the nose is full of red fruit aromas and a touch of spice. The palate is fresh and elegant with masses of ripe fruit. The Merlot in the blend adds a bit of weight and softens the Sangiovese that can be slightly aggressive when young. Delicious, easy drinking red.