Ornellaia Giacosa Quintarelli these are the most expensive wines in Italy
Wine Searcher the most visited wine website in the world with thousands of articles, 6 million offers, proposes the list of most costly Italian bottles
Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
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Lets see which are the wineries producing these bottles for millionaires.
First of all Ornellaia from the Tuscan winery bearing the same name Vendemmia d’Artista Special Edition Bolgheri Superiore.
This is a small selection of bottles in larger sizes creates by prestigious artists such as Rebecca Horn, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh. These are practically works of art which take on different shapes in the double Magnum, Imperial and Salmanazar forms – 3 – 6 and 9 litres. A very successful wine making mechanism especially in auctions and which Wine Searcher quotes at 975$ up to nearly 7,000 $.
Ornellaia has 3 wines positioned among the 50 most expensive bottles. In 4th position there is Masseto, the champion wine present in every international listing.
In second and third position in the Wine Searcher list we find Barolo Collina Rionda by Bruno Giacosa and the Amarone della Valpolicella classico riserva by Giuseppe Quintarelli which cost respectively 917 and 810 $. Two monumental producers: Bepi Quintarelli, a legend, who passed away in 2012 and Giocosa who has seen his merits appreciated by being awarded an honorary degree one year ago by the Università di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo. After those on the podium both wineries place many other wines among the 50 most expensive in Italy.
Looking down the list, in 6th position we find Giacomo Conterno with his Barolo
Monfortino and then Biondi Santi with its Brunello. They cost 607 and 538 $. The Montalcino group is complete by Gianfranco Soldera –Case Basse and Giacomo Neri –Casanova di Neri, while the Piedmont team is more numerous with Giuseppe Mascarello, Gaja, Aldo Conterno, Vietti, Roberto Voezio and Paolo Scavino. The battle seems to be between Piedmont, Tuscany and Veneto with the Bolgheri coast on the up because close to two great names – Ornellaia, Sassicaia, there are also Tua Rita, and Le Macchiole.
Among the many famous and celebrated names, Luciano Ferraro, in the blog Divini for “Corriere della Sera” has put the spot light on Miani belonging to Enzo Pontoni. Wine producer, and engineer, from Friuli, more than 2 metres tall, he personally sees to the vines and produces 10.000 bottles from 30 hectares of vineyard. Such a small quantity that initially you think that have you have misunderstood, in fact, usually such an area of Vineyard produces 15 times as much. A legendary man then: no web site, no tasting room, no luxury in the winery….. nothing that makes one think of marketing but with exceptional wines. During the past few months I tasted his Sauvignon and Merlot, I liked them and now that I know who makes them, I like them even more.