Producer: Sesti - Castello di Argiano
Giugi (as Giuseppe is known), Elisa and Sarah Sesti make delicious Sangiovese, Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino at their idyllic Tuscan estate at the southern end of the Montalcino plateau.
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Here at Castello di Argiano, a castle tower, a chapel, a villa and outbuildings make up a privately owned hamlet surrounded by vines, all with sweeping views over the countryside to 5,700 foot Monte Amiata. Giugi Sesti is a world authority on ancient astronomy hence the celestial designs on all their labels, and viticultural and winemaking techniques which follow the phases of the moon. Indeed natural, time-honoured practices with minimal use of chemicals are important at Castello di Argiano. Of 102 hectares, only eight are planted with vines, the rest is olive trees and woods, and from these vines they will select the best plots each year to go into Brunello or Rosso, or into the rather good ‘Grangiovese’. According to Giugi, the aim is to make, "Premium, full-bodied wines with great colour and nose which no less important - are kind in their effect when consumed in quantity!