Top 5 Italian winemakers to watch

Francesco Ripaccioli – CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA

Francesco-RipaccioliBy the standards of Brunello, Canalicchio di Sopra is a medium-sized estate of 16ha with a production of around 75,000 bottles a year. Today it is run by the young, talented Francesco Ripaccioli, whose grandfather broke away from the local co-operative to produce wine on his own in 1966. A year later he was one of the 12 founder members of the Brunello di Montalcino Consorzio.

The estate lies in the northern half of the DOCG with 10ha on the clay soils of Canalicchio and six on the rocky, galestro (schist) soil of nearby Gode de Montosoli – a historic name, as Ripaccioli explains: “They say Montosoli was the birthplace of Brunello, because it was where Biondi- Santi had its ancient vineyard and first made the wine in 1885.”

Like everyone, Ripaccioli is still excited about his 2010 wines. “It’s the year Brunello made a jump not just in price, but in reputation as well.” Though demand faded after past great vintages, he believes this time interest will be sustained.

One Response to “Top 5 Italian winemakers to watch”

  1. Great article. It is good to know that wine interests more and more young generations!

    Portugal has also great winemakers to watch, both recent or traditional wine families.


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