This is one of Montalcino’s hidden treasures. Unknown to many, Ferruccio Biondi Santi – credited with “investing” Brunello – planted his first Sangiovese on the best location he could find in the region. This was not the now famous Tenuta Greppo estate, but rather where Scopetone’s vines sit today. This hallowed site to the west of Montalcino is at close to 500 metres’ altitude and has some of the area’s oldest soils; it was replanted in 1978. Over the years, Scopetone carved a reputation as one of the region’s most elegant producers, choosing to let the quality of the vineyards and Sangiovese prevail over winemaking invention. But, sadly, the winery and vineyard fell into neglect. Scopetone’s name was all but forgotten – until 2009, when local couple Loredana Tanganelli and Antonio Brandi brought new life and new meaning to Montalcino’s original vineyard. They continue to build a reputation for producing some of Montalcino’s purest, most traditional and desirable wines. All 2.5 hectares of vines are organic, although you won’t find certification on the label. Antonio has family vineyards in nearby Montecucco, which give more volume into their IGT. All their vineyards in Montalcino are capable of producing Brunello, so their Rosso is declassified. Sensitive winemaking and the terroir yield wines that are light in colour, incredibly perfumed and expressive, with great ageing capacity.