Altesino has been owned by the Gnudi family since 2002. Their estate is positioned in the north-eastern hills of Montalcino where the 15th century Palazzo Altesi, built by the Tricerchi family, overlooks the estate. However, winemaking only became the main focus at Altesino when the businessman Giulio Consonno acquired it and expanded its wine producing areas.
Altesino has been at the forefront of the various innovations and changes that have occurred in the Montalcino area in the last 40 years.
Their first vineyard was planted in 1973 on the Montosoli hill. From their Brunello made from this vineyard, Altesino were able to introduce the concept of crus in its own appellation, making Montosoli the first cru in the history of Montalcino in 1975. They were also the first winery in the area to use the smaller French-style ‘barriques’ in their wine production in 1979.
The Altesino estate has six main plots of land that account for its core production. Overall, the company owns a total area of 100 hectares of which 50 are vineyards.
These six areas of interest in Montalcino include: Altesino in the north; Macina in the north-east, Cerbaia and Montosoli in the north-west; Pianezzine in the area of Sant’Angelo in colle and finally Velona in Castelnuovo dell’Abate.
The vast majority of production is dedicated to Sangiovese used for the production of Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino and Palazzo Altesi. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also cultivated which when blended together with Sangiovese make the Alte d’Altesi and the Rosso di Toscana. In addition, they also produce Trebbiano, Malvasia, Vermentino, Chardonnay and Viognier.