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La Braccesca

This Tuscan estate takes its name from the ancient farm which once stood there and was owned by the Count of Bracci. In 1990 Marchesi Antinori acquired the property, bringing 26 generations of winemaking experience to this exciting venture. It is located in Montepulciano in the province of Sienna. 340 hectares are under vine in two main blocks, 237 hectares are planted on the border between Montepulciano and Cortona, and the remaining 103 hectares stretch all the way to Montepulciano enveloping three of the best sub-zones for the production of outstanding red wines in the region (Cervognano, Santa Pia and Gracciano). In Montepulciano the vineyards are planted principally with the native Sangiovese for their DOCG Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and DOC Rosso di Montepulciano wines. The international Syrah is planted in Cortona with a small amount of Merlot for their DOC Cortona wines on soils that have good mix of clay and loam. Cortona is an emerging area with great potential which only had its DOC awarded in 1999, although it has a long winemaking history dating back to Etruscan times. The La Braccesca cellars are completely underground, where the wines age gracefully in barrels of various dimensions made from French, American and Hungarian oak. The wines express all the excellence expected from the name of Antinori.