Montalcino, Siena, Italy
"One of my favorite under the radar estates in Montalcino." - Antonio Galloni, Sept 2013
The Pieri Family purchased the estate vineyard at Piancornello in 1950 and sold fruit to other Montalcino producers until
releasing the first vintage under the Piancornello brand in 1991. The name “Pian” refers to the vineyard’s location on a
hamlet of rocky, volcanic soil in the Orcia Valley. This warm, southwestern portion of Montalcino produces full-bodied,
mineral flavored wines as result of its southern exposure, hilly slopes and alluvial soil
The Certified Organic vineyards sit southfacing between 200-250 meters high in the Sesta zone and are planted to carefully
selected Sangiovese clones that can withstand drought conditions and high summer temperatures. The soils at Piancornello
are alluvial, rich in rocks, pebbles and sand. Located just south of Montalcino, the Mediterranean sea breeze influences the
vineyard microclimate by allowing for an early harvest before the rains. All fruit is picked and sorted by hand.
*Recipient of the 2014 VINO SLOW Award*
Piancornello was recognized for their passion, commitment to the land, method of cultivation, and cellar techniques — this award from Slow Food International favors producers who implement ecologically sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices.