The particular composition of the soil on the estate, well-drained and predominantly poor in organic substances, forces the vines to look for water and nourishment deep down: this also guarantees that they survive even in the driest years. this also guarantees that they survive even in the driest years.
Within a distance of just 800 meters – from our highest vineyard to the lowest one – there is a difference in altitude of around 170 meters. This allows for considerable thermal excursion between day and night, thus favoring slow ripening of the grapes and consequently good acidity in the finished wine, despite the fact that the vineyards all face south-east. Besides, this gives the wines greater structure and character.
The constant breezes blowing in from the coast and the presence of Monte Amiata to the south ensure protection from bad weather and from vine diseases, thus making it easier for the estate to farm organically.
According to Tenuta Buon Tempo’s philosophy, a wine’s quality stems from the hard work we put in in the vineyard, thus enabling us to produce the very best grapes.
Organic cultivation inevitably entails some risks and compromises, but in the case of Tenuta Buon Tempo it has nevertheless brought considerable benefits to the vineyards, in terms of an increase in organic substances, an improvement in the healthiness of the vines, and limited impact on the environment.
It is from this perspective that we took the decision – from the very first vintage – to cultivate the vineyards organically. In them, we practice green manuring (different in each individual plot), we use resistance inducers (such as propolis, orange peels, algae extracts, etc.) and, in general, we favor the biodiversity of the natural antagonists that are present in the vineyard.
The only variety we cultivate is Sangiovese Grosso, entirely trained using the Cordon Spur system; of the 14 hectares overall, only 5 are destined for the production of Brunello and its Riserva version. The remaining area is devoted mainly to Rosso di Montalcino, and a tiny part to the production of an I.G.T., La Furba.
Lying in the midst of stunning landscape delimited by the River Orcia, on top of a hill facing Monte Amiata, the property covers a total of 28 hectares, of which 14 are under vine (12 hectares situated at Castelnuovo dell’Abate, at altitudes of between 180 and 350 m. above sea level, with south-easterly exposure, and 2 hectares at Montosoli, at 300 m. above sea level, facing north).
The vineyards of Castelnuovo, Roccolo, Lecciaina, Cipresso, Pianello and Leccio (P. 56), have very varied soil composition, predominantly of marly sandstone, with a substantial presence of stones.
On the other hand, the Montosoli vineyard, on the northern hill of Montalcino and recently acquired (in 2019) with the objective of creating a cru, is mostly clay with very dew stones.
Climate and soil are the principal ingredients for creating a favorable environment in which to grow healthy vines and grapes that can express their organoleptic qualities to the full.
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