Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Villa Le Prata - Brunello di Montalcino

Villa Le Prata is a boutique winery run by the Losappio family.

The villa was originally built in 1862 for Count Carlo de Vecchi
as a hunting lodge.

It was later the summer home for the bishop of Montalcino.

Marialuce and her husband (a surgeon from Florence) bought the villa
 in 1982 and in the following year planted their first vines.

Today the winery has 8 acres planted with sangiovese
for its Brunello and Rosso.

The vineyard is now run by Benedetta Losappio (Marialuce's daughter) 
with the help of her sister in law Anna and well known
Oenologist Gioia Cresti.

One of the Villa Le Prata vineyards

The main entrance to the Villa Le Prata estate

The passionate winemaker Benedetta with Anna and Carolyna listening.

Her philosophy is built around ensuring the grapes are of the highest quality.

The production process limits the artificial elements.

Every wine Benedetta releases is ready to drink now even though
 it still may have great maturing potential

Tasting in the Villa with Anna.

Alan is thinking "damm this Brunello is good. I must get some into Australia".

Benedetta, Anna and Alan with "Il gatto" (the cat)

One of the beautiful vineyards of Villa Le Prata.

Most of the vineyards surround the villa which is to the south west
of Montalcino and others are in the area of
Castel Nuovo dell' Abate.

These are the most prized areas of Montalcino for growing grapes.

Carolyna took this pic.......love it.

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino from Villa Le Prata
will soon be in Australia through Italian Wine Importers.

Wine Spectator awarded this particular wine a high 94 points.

Comments are "full of floral, berry and tobacco aromas
and flavours ......offering silky texture and firm tannins.

This shows fine length with a sweetness that lingers"

Villa Le Prata is a stylish boutique vineyard making fine
quality Brunello di Montalcino.

The wine will be available in Australia in early 2012
through sole importer, Italian Wine Importers

tel +61 412008929