Collelceto Wine Estate
One of the finest vineyards in Italy
Located to the southwest of Montalcino, the Collelceto Wine Estate is a nearly 15- acre farm property that has been transformed by Elia Palazzesi into one of the finest
vineyards in Italy. Its location is near the Ombrone River and the vineyards benefit from the river’s cooling presence.
The winery’s name is derived from the many Holm (or Holly) Oaks found around the property that provide much of the color and appeal to the commune of Montalcino.
Formerly his parent’s farm, Collelceto Wine Estate is planted at an elevation of about 1600 feet. The entire area is enhanced with high red clay content, a fact that the owners feel imparts a sense of dark mocha flavor to their wines.
Lorenzo Landi - Winemaker
When owner Elia Palazzesi began his rejuvenation of Collelceto Wine Estate, he immediately sought the help of renowned enologist Lorenzo Landi. Landi, a Tuscan by birth, graduated with honors from the University of Pisa and later at schools in both Burgundy in the early 1990’s (Domaine La aive) and later in Bordeaux where he studied under celebrated Professor Denis Dubourdieu. Landi has become a central winemaking gure in Italy and consults for numerous wineries such as Lungarotti in Umbria, Rocca delle Macie in Marche and Cottanera in Sicily.
Tuscany is the most famous of all Italian wine regions and comprises a high number of DOC (33) and DOCG (9) appellations. Located around the cities of Florence and Sienna, Tuscany is home to the great Sangiovese grape, the mainstay of Italian varietals. It is hilly (68%) and possesses a warmer climate due to the Tyrrhenian Sea to its west.
Most vineyards are nestled between 500 and 1600 feet, increasing the area’s diurnal temperature variation, a fact that helps the grapes maintain their sugar/acid balances and aromatic qualities.
A Short History of Italy's Wine Regions
Italy possesses a rich vinicultural heritage that can be traced back over 2000 years and has been influenced by Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. These factions have brought about the development of different winemaking techniques and styles along with changes in vineyard maintenance.
Italy is famed for its huge diversity of terroirs, grape varieties and wine styles and is practically a nation of vines. Several factors have contributed to this country's wine growing success, including the Mediterranean climate and a myriad of terrains. From Italy's lengthy coastlines to rolling foothills, the Italian Alps in the north and the Apennines in the center, this country's diverse landscape is the ultimate setting for producing an abundance of grapes varieties and world-class wines.
Equally important are the changes in wine storage methods that occurred when wine moved from the traditional amphorae to today’s modern bottles. Italy’s wine regions have also evolved in the process and are generally linked to the types of regional cuisine that abound throughout the boot-shaped country.