Center Italy Wine Guide

Col d’Orcia

Written by Piero Pardini

COL D’ORCIA – TUSCANY – ITALY

Col d’Orcia is one of the historic companies of Montalcino. Today’s lineage dates back to at least 1890, the date on which official documents show that the Franceschi family, originally from Florence, bought the property.

The brothers Leopoldo and Stefano Franceschi inherited the property and, consequently, divided their parts in 1958.

The conditions of the separation prohibited both from using the pre-existing name Fattoria di Sant’Angelo in Colle. Leopoldo Franceschi baptized his estate Il Poggione, the land where the homonymous winery is still located today.

Later Stefano Franceschi was related, by marriage, to the royal family of the then future King of Spain Juan Carlos. He and his wife had no children and, in 1973, Stefano Franceschi sold his property to the Cinzano family from Piedmont. The Cinzano family was already active in the trade of liqueurs, and took advantage of the already extensive sales network to market the first thousandths (vintages, harvests) of Col d’Orcia.

In 1992, the son of Count A. Marone Cinzano, Francesco took over the presidency of the company, continuing to extend the vines up to today’s 140 hectares, of which 108 are destined for the production of Brunello, make Col d’Orcia the third producer of Brunello in Montalcino.

In recent years, Count Francesco Marone Cinzano has overseen a gradual and quiet conversion to biodynamic agriculture.

Owner: Francesco Marone Cinzano
Oenological management: Antonio Tranchida
Agronomic management: Giuliano Dragoni
Viticulture: certified organic
Vineyard hectares: 142
Bottles produced: 800,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Oil production: yes
Foundation year: 1933

Labels reviewed
Brunello di Montalcino 2016
Brunello di Montalcino 2015
Pascena 2015
Poggio al Vento 2013
Rosso di Montalcino 2019
Rosso di Montalcino 2018

Col D’Orcia
Via Giuncheti
53024 Montalcino (SI)
Phone +39 0577 80891
E-mail: info@coldorcia.it
Website: www.coldorcia.it


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About the author

Piero Pardini

Founder and editor of "The Wolf Post".
Freelance Journalist.
Wine critic and Sommelier.
He has also written about sports and technology for some specialized magazines.
Co-author of the authorized biography "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.

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