LOCATION

The Tenuta di Sesta Estate is located in the southern part of the municipality of Montalcino between Sant'Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell'Abate, near the well-known Romanesque Abbey of Sant'Antimo, on a downward slope from 400 to 200 metres above sea level.

This land is considered to be among the most suitable for the production of Brunello di Montalcino.

The vineyards are sheltered from the cold northern winds and benefit from the warm stream of air from the Maremma thanks to the nearby Monte Amiata favouring a mild microclimate. This enchanting location allows Sesta to harvest before other areas.

 

 


  

 

 

 




SOIL COMPOSITION

All of the cultivated land on the estate dates back to the Eocene period and is poor, of little depth, and affords a rich rocky texture with limestone (marl and alberese), sub-alkaline pH, generally medium texiture tending to clayey. An efficient drainage system has been installed to guarantee high quality wines.

The vineyards are spread out over a strip of land that extends from the winery down to the Orcia River: the type of terrain varies with mostly medium-textured soil with a major clay component, rich in iron (red soil, more resistant to dry conditions located at the hightest point of the estate) and pebbly terrain on looser pebbly terrain (vineyards near the riverbed).

However, the physical and chemical characteristics of the soil vary even within the same vineyard resulting in differences in vine development: sometimes the grapes in the different zones must therefore be harvested and vinified separately according to the level of ripeness.

 

 

 

 

 



THE VINEYARDS

The training system used in all vineyards is spurred cordon: each plant brings four or five “spurs” to the cordon on which the buds originate as do the shoots for the year’s production. Although this training system allows for some mechanized agricultural procedures, most of the work is carried out manually throughout the year in order to tend to the unique qualities of each vine.

The plant density is about 5,000 plants per hectare, ideal for this terrain, to obtain a balanced development of the canopy and roots of the vines as well as of a production of top quality grapes.

In each vineyard the type of rootstock is chosen according to the physical-chemical components of the soil: they are used to graft rooted cuttings that produce loose packed bunches with quite small seeds. In the 1990s, an experimental vineyard was planted where diverse historical clones were reunited and catalogued to compare each one’s characteristics from the same type of soil.

The vineyards of the estate are planted on a downward slope from the winery to the Orcia River, which marks the property line. On this long strip of land, the altitude and soil composition vary and the grapes express the diversity of this territory in a completely original way. Sangiovese is indeed a grape variety that is very sensitive to the environment in which it is grown; the type of agronomical choices made and their timing and execution throughout the season are also important factors in obtaining high quality grapes.