Scopeto del Cavalli may be the smallest vineyard in the Brunello Consorizio at less than 1 hectare perched on the western slopes of the city of Montalcino. Proprietor Beatrice Matthews produces less than 100 case per year. Meticulousness is the word that best describes Scopeto del Cavalli. Founded with her husband, French painter Yoran Cazac, the ‘vineyard’ was one of the first farms to obtain organic certification in Montalcino. They use permaculture and biodynamic techniques to farm the vineyard. Beatrice is English and came to Italy by way of Spain. They only make Brunello di Montalcino. This is garden winegrowing at its best!
The vines are grown along the stone walled terraces below the town of Montalcino. The vineyard is less than a hectare in size… more an amalgam of terraces and breaks in the surrounding garden. Great care is provided to both growing the grapes and selecting the finest clusters for winemaking.
Both the wildflowers and the olive trees have been purposely left in the vineyard. Cover crops and biodynamic practices are employed to enhance biodiversity and the symbiotic relationship of olive trees and vines.
In the interest of preserving the sense of place in the Brunello with the lightest touch possible, the fruit is transported down the slope of Montalcino to the renowned Cupano winery where Andrea Polidoro applies a Burgundian sensibility to the winemaking process.
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