Top Brunello di Montalcino
The Brunello di Montalcino from the Podere Le Ripi winery belongs to the absolute top wines from Tuscany. Francesco Illy owns this 54-hectare beautiful estate that consists of forest, olive trees and vineyards. He belongs to the world famous Illy family that produces high quality espresso coffee. This pursuit of excellence is also reflected in the exceptionally high quality wines of this winery.
Specific terroir ensures top Tuscan wines with their own character
Excellent biodynamic Italian wines
The biodynamic approach, in the absence of chemical interventions, allows the grape plants to grow in the most natural way. The surrounding flowers, herbs and other organisms are preserved and form part of the process. In this way they can express the authenticity of the soil, the microclimate and the grape varieties of Podere Le Ripi.
Regardless of the grape variety, the wines are recognizable even in different vintages because they develop specific personality - in the aroma and in the structure - that are closely linked to this terroir.
Podere le Ripi is successful with a unique concept in its Bonsai vineyards
The decision not to use artificial fertilizer forced Francisco Illy to come up with a concept whereby the roots of the plants would grow in the depth of the soil as quickly as possible in order to be able to absorb the mineral nutrients.
He planted the vines in a very high density that the roots were forced to go as deep as possible into the soil. The root competition of the Bonsai implants ensures that the roots of the plants can become more than three meters deep in a few years of growth. This is exceptional because generally it takes many years longer.
After the harvest 2007, the first Bonsai wine came on the market in 2010 and wine connoisseurs could not believe that such a young wine could have already such a high quality.
High International scores for the wines of Podere Le Ripi
He was a precursor to the Bonsai planting method and even today, soil surveys and tests are regularly conducted, whereby the constitution of the soil is examined at a depth of 3.5 meters. All this to give the grapes the best quality that top wines need.
This approach has been noticed Internationally, as is demonstrated by the high scores achieved, such as for the particularly beautiful wines Lupi and Sirene Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from the 2008 harvest year: Falstaff - 95 points and 2010: James Suckling - 95 points.
The wines of Podere Le Ripi are refined and have a warm character. The Brunello's resemble the beautiful traditional Brunello's from the 80s. His winemaker Sebastian Nasello won an award in 2016 for best young winemaker!