The Tornesi family has owned their estate, known as Le Benducce, since 1750: long before Brunello di Montalcino became known as a wine and even before Italy became a unified nation.
The winery is still family operated, with Maurizio Tornesi at the helm of both viticulture and winemaking. He is a true Tuscan farmer- as authentic as they come. Maurizio knows the land of Montalcino and the Sangiovese Grosso grape like the back of his hand.
The estate has 7 hectares under vines, more than half of which is Sangiovese Grosso- the Brunello clone- used for Brunello di Montalcino as well as Rosso di Montalcino. Also in production are some 600 olive trees. Vineyards are worked fully by hand, and yield-reduction is a primary tenet of vineyard practice, as well as high density planting.
His winemaking is traditional, with no use of small oak or new oak in his Brunello and focusing on both native yeasts and minimal intervention.
Brunellos are oak aged for a minimum of 2 years and Rosso di Motalcino wines must be oak aged for 6 months. The Le Benducce from Tornesi is aged in steel vats so is unable to be proclaimed a DOCG Montalcino wine, but still uses 100% Sangiovese and is therefore classified as an IGT wine.