Casanova di Neri was established in 1971 when Giovanni Neri acquired a large estate in Montalcino with the goal of searching for optimal land to grow high quality grapes. In 1991, his son Giacomo took over direction of the estate and winemaking and continues the profound commitment and respect for the land started by his father. The 500 ha estate (63 ha of vineyards, 20 ha of olive groves and the remainder open space and forest) includes 7 vineyards – Fiesole, Poderuccio, Podernuovo, Le Cetine, Pietradonice, Cerratalto and Spereta. Montalcino is located south of Siena in Tuscany and offers a diversity of soils and microclimates. The Sant’Antimo DOC was created in 1996 in Montalcino to give producers more options for their super-Tuscan wines (red wines made from traditional Italian grape varieties as well as international varieties). Until the new DOC, a producer’s only option was to label this sort of wine a vino de tavola or table wine.
"Proprietor Giacomo Neri makes some of the richest, most textured Brunellos readers will come across. The house style favors a lush expression of fruit with a softness that makes the wines very appealing upon release. In recent years the wines have become more elegant." - Antonio Galloni
"Giacomo Neri makes some of the most exciting modern-styled Brunellos in the zone. Neri is a fervent believer in low yields, and while his wines boast notable concentration, they also show remarkable elegance and expressiveness". - Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide
|APPELLATION(S)||Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Montalcino|
|ANNUAL PRODUCTION||25,000 cs|
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Casanova di Neri’s vineyards express the region’s terrain and microclimate; together with close attention to every aspect of vine cultivation this results in fruit of optimal quality. The winery’s Brunello production is divided between three different labels in order to best represent each area’s unique characteristics. Soil, vineyard position, microclimate, choice of clones, grafting and well-organized vineyards all help to produce exceptional grapes.
The Fiesole vineyard, the farm's oldest, is just northeast of Montalcino; it produces exclusively Brunello di Montalcino, as does the nearby Poderuccio vineyard, which is 1,050 – 1,350 feet above sea level. In 1986 the Cerretalto vineyard was acquired. A natural amphitheater near the Asso River, at a height of 750 to 900 feet, Cerretalto’s position east of Montalcino and its unique terroir justify its own cru bottling. On the opposite side of Montalcino and to the southeast, near Castelnuovo dell'Abate, is the Pietradonice vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Lastly is the Cetine vineyard: 25 hectares facing south-southeast on a bucolic hillside near Sant'Angelo in Colle. Its choice location and pristine nature, and the extreme variation between night and day temperatures, result in fruit of optimal quality for Brunello di Montalcino.
As the grapes have improved in quality, more care and attention has occurred in the winery - from vinification to the careful selection and use of casks of different sizes and made from different types of wood - but always with the maximum respect for tradition.