Agricola La Mannella
Tradition and family are the foundation principles of this renowned italian winery
The estate that produces our other International Wine Club red wine, La Mannella Brunello de Montalcino, is decidedly young for an Italian wine company. Founded in 1990 by the Cortonesi Family, the estate comprises some 56 hectares (138 acres) of which 20 acres are planted in the venerable Brunello grape. Brunello (literally, "nice dark one") is a clone of the great Sangiovese that has developed a fierce following of its own during the past seventy years.
The vineyards are located south of the city of Siena, Italy and in close proximity to the smaller walled city of Montalcino that gives its name to the wine. Here again, the ground is hilly and filled with rocks that give growth to superb vineyards and fruit. Brunello di Montalcino is also one of Tuscany’s rarest wines, and due to collector’s favor, one of Tuscany’s most expensive wines. Since its area is so small (some 3,000 acres compared to Chianti’s nearly 41,000 acres) this situation is unlikely to change in the future.
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Marco Cortonesi - Winemaker
At La Mannella, the husband and wife team of Marco and Patricia Cortonesi control the destinies of their Brunello-based winery. Marco is winemaker and Patrizia manages the vineyard operations for the small winery. Marco has a Masters in Oenology from the Institute of Technology and Agriculture in Siena, the Tuscan equivalent of the University of California Davis.
Since La Mannella’s first release in 1990, Marco Cortonesi has applied a modern approach and sophisticated wine techniques to his winery’s production of a deep and powerful Brunello di Montalcino. His son Tommasi is presently studying Oenology in university and intends to follow his father into the family business.