The winemaker Valerie Lavigne is here

Vines and wines

The winemaker Valerie Lavigne is here

The talented French winemaker came to us for a brief visit during which she sampled our 2011 vintage wines and the Brunello 2008.  She was very excited about the 2011 vintage and was happy with the Brunello.  According to Valerie Lavigne the Brunello 2011 from Casato Prime Donne will be better than the legendary 2010. We hope she’s right!

Valerie e Barbara

Valérie Lavigne and Barbara Magnani

She argues that the most important element of our Montalcino wines is their elegance.  She feels that some other types of vines may be able to grow successfully in this terrain but they would not produce the winning power of our wines.
She asked our agronomist Folco Bencini to stop weeding in the vineyards. Weeding causes soil pollution and impoverishes the soil, it can also damage the quality of the grapes. That is good advice Valerie, let’s go back to the old traditional systems of caring for the vines.
Gradually Dr. Lavigne is leading us into the new future of wine making which combines the benefits of using nature itself, ensuring excellence in all areas and taking advantage of scientific advances.

Today, together with Valerie, we posed for photos by the excellent Bruno Bruchi which will appear in the book Brunello di Montalcino

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