BIONDI SANTI

Tenuta Greppo
Franco Biondi Santi

villa greppo 183
53024 montalcino
siena - italy

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XXIII “Ricolmatura” of the bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi - Tenuta Greppo Riserva
Due to the passing of Mr. Franco Biondi Santi, it has been decided not to perform the "Topping off" of the bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi Riserva scheduled on June 1st 2013. Instead, it will be performed on June 2014.
23 May 2013
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Annata
We would like to inform all our clients that starting from June 1st 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo - Biondi Santi 2006 Annata will be released on the market.
07 Jun 2011
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03 Dec 2009
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THE INTERNATIONAL PRESTIGE AND COMMERCIAL ACCLAIM OF BRUNELLO BIONDI SANTI
The most important, significant and prestigious acknowledgements of Brunello of The Greppo begin with the diploma attained by Clemente Santi for his Moscadello at the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1867.


Diploma Esposition
Universelle de Paris del 1867

It was only at the Agrarian Exhibition of Montepulciano in 1869 that "a select red wine (brunello) of 1865" was mentioned and received a prize, and that date probably marks the birth of this product characterised by such longevity, by which it was later consecrated with the two historical Reserves of 1888 and 1891.


Diploma Esposizione Agraria
di Montepulciano 1865

At the Regional Agrarian Contest of Siena in 1887, his grandson, Ferruccio Biondi Santi, received a prize for his “fine red wine” of 1884 and “fine red wine” of 1883. The 1932 report of the Interministerial Commission of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for the Delimitation of the Chianti Wine District, recognises Brunello as "… a recent creation of Ferruccio Biondi Santi from Montalcino".
In 1925 in Rome, came the turn of Ferruccio’s son, Tancredi Biondi Santi who won a gold medal for his “oeno-technical ability” at a National and International Contest.
In the book entitled “Vino al Vino” (Wine to Wine), Mario Soldati, making reference to the “secret” of the topping off of the Brunello occurred at The Greppo in spring 1970, wrote: “…I fell to my knees as though witnessing a small miracle…”.


Tancredi’s outstanding oenological skill encouraged other winemakers from all over the Italian Peninsula to request his advice. These included Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, Prince of Venosa, who, after tasting the Brunello Biondi Santi 1946, wrote a letter to Tancredi dated 1966: “Dear Sir, I have thought about you repeatedly since tasting your famous ‘Brunello’ wine (of 1946) – which I had never tasted before until a short while ago.

National Geographic
I would like to inform you that I found your wine to be of the most superior quality, such as to merit consideration as one of – if not the only?! – great Italian wine, which I would like to describe, in my own way, as a majestic, severe, masculine and medieval red, a “primitive Senese” to compare it to the art created in the same part of Italy! I wish to express my sincerest congratulations upon your skill and valuable estate and hope that the passion for your most noble wine shall continue to descend “down through the branches” without ceasing!”
Franco Biondi Santi and Brunello of The Greppo are discussed extensively in the article entitled “The Renaissance Lives on in Tuscany” by Luis Marden, published in the November 1974 issue of National Geographic.In 1988, during the official ceremony for the “Centenary” of Brunello Biondi Santi 1888, Franco, together with his son Jacopo and the Mayor of Montalcino, Mario Bindi, was received for a private audience by the President of the Italian Republic, Francesco Cossiga, to whom he gave a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino Reserve 1888.

Franco Biondi Santi with the President
of the Italian Republic, Francesco Cossiga
A mention must also go to the enchantment of the world’s 16 most authoritative wine critics (Wine, Vinum, Vinotheque, Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, etc… and the Italian Gambero Rosso, Civiltà del Bere and Luigi Veronelli) at the memorable Vertical tasting held on the 28th of September 1994,. Franco Biondi Santi decided that the time had come to offer the mass media of wine the opportunity to really understand the importance of Brunello of The Greppo, what it represents for Montalcino and its traditional typical characteristics, which are repeated decade after decade. He then planned a Vertical tasting with the following Reserves: 1888, 1891, 1925, 1945, 1955, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988. The supreme acknowledgement came from Belfrage, the journalist from Decanter, who gave a score of ten out of ten to the 1891 vintage (a 103 year-old wine!!).
But undoubtedly the most prestigious acknowledgement in recent years has been that of “Wine Spectator”, one of the world’s most authoritative magazines, which included the Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi Reserve 1955 among the 12 best wines made in the world during the 20th century, the only Italian wine on the list. The article by James Suckling published in the prestigious magazine is entitled "Where would Italy be without the grand old wines of Biondi Santi?".
The World’s 12 best 20th century wines in this selection are: Chateau Margaux 1900, Chateau Petrus 1961, Quinta do Naval Vintage Port Nacional 1931, Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1941, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti 1937, Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi Reserve 1955, Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1955, Chateau d’Yquem 1921, Heitz Cabernet Napa Valley Martha's Vineyard 1974, Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945, Paul Jaboulet Ainé Hermitage La Chapelle 1961 and Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947.

The year 2011 ends with another very important award for the family. Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi 1964 Riserva has been selected by Bibenda 2012 as symbol of Italy for 150 years Unification anniversary. This is to be considered a very important prestige for the family: Tullio Santi, Clemente’s brother, was the first Mayor of Montalcino after the Unification of Italy, and his nephew, Ferruccio Biondi Santi, (when he was just 17) joined the Volontari Toscani in the 3rd Independence War against the Autrian Empire in 1866.
Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi Riserve 1964 is a landmark of a wine, the award has been obtained thanks to its longevity and the characteristics that reflect the tradition and the history of his ancestors. This great wine received 100/100. Also Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Republic, gave a representative medal to commemorate this Award.