History of the winery

In the vast majority of cases, the world’s most famous wines have been produced in areas that have famous for generations (as a minimum), even more frequently for centuries and even for millennia. The last figure might seem to be a hyperbole, but it is, nonetheless, the simple truth. The explanation for this continuing excellence is not difficult to determine: soil, climate, altitude, exposition, soil texture, drainage, breeziness, and proper temperature swings from daytime heat to cooler evenings and nights, all working together, make the perfect conditions for the grape varieties that have adapted to them, and, in a certain sense, have “elected” them.

Tours and Tastings

Tours and Tasting

The Tenuta Greppo Biondi Santi offers its visitors the chance to visit the farm’s cellars and taste the excellent wines that are produced there. They are accompanied on this experience by an expert Italian or English speaking guide.
These renowned cellars are steeped in charm and ancient beauty and have an atmosphere that appears to come from another age. Apart from the various wine-making processes, the tour also includes a description of the history of the estate, a history that is inextricably linked with that of Italy and Tuscany. It concludes with a wine tasting, which can either be experienced standing up (lasting 45 minutes), or sitting down (taking about an hour).

The wine tasting includes the famous Brunello di Montalcino, the Brunello d’Annata and a Brunello Riserva, wines that boast intense flavours and aromas that delicately stimulate even the most refined palates.
The landscape surrounding the estate is particularly worthy of note, with the vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see and the typical gentle hills of this part of Italy.
The winery’s position is perfect for going on to visit the nearby cities of Siena, Florence, Arezzo, Montalcino and Montepulcino. In addition to the Tenuta Greppo, Mr. Biondi Santi also owns the imposing Castle Montepò (in the photo), also situated in Tuscany in the hills of Scansano.


One very major exception to this role, however, can be found in central Tuscany, to the south of Siena to be precise. Here, in this once little-settled part of the region, a hill suddenly towers out of the plain that extends between the Arbia and Ombrone rivers. On the slopes of this hill, in 19th century, lived a vigorous and farsighted young man from the Santi family, among whose many interests wine and viticulture were first and foremost. Given that the basis for any fine wine is the raw material it is produced from, in this case the local Sangiovese grape, Clemente Santi gave priority to the selection of the finest Sangiovese to be found on his property.

The wine he produced from it in the mid 1800’s was already of notable level. As were the occasional bottles produced a few generations later between the two world wars. They created the name and fame for Brunello di Montalcino which has made it, along with Barolo, Italy’s most prestigious, sought after and expensive wine. A fame which has created great prosperity along with a renown which, by now, has spread the name of the wine to the four corners of the earth.

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Adresses and Contacts
Biondi Santi - Tenuta Greppo
Villa Greppo 183, 53024 Montalcino (SI)
Tel: 0577 848087 - Fax 0577 849396
www.biondisanti.com JBS s.r.l
Via Postierla 1, 53024 Montalcino (SI)
Tel. 0577 848238 - Fax 0577 848675