The Farm
Farm: The story of my estate goes back to 1943, when the family Pieri bought Piancornello. In the late 1980's, after the death of my maternal grandmother, a part of the property passed into the hands of her daughter, Silvia Pieri, who in time divided the property, giving it to her children. In such a way was CORTE DEI VENTI born! The estate of Corte dei Venti lies to the south east of the Comune di Montalcino, its sunniest zone, the area lying between Sant' Angelo and Castelnuovo del Abate. It was born from the passion and the bond between wine and the land that ties the family of Clara Monaci to the territory of Montalcino. The name "Corte dei Venti" derives from a particular confluence of winds, which means that the area is always ventilated. This makes for a typical Mediterranean climate, with no fog, with spring rain which guarantee the vineyards favourable and healthy conditions both for the vines in their vegetative state and for the grapes at the harvest, aiding, through this optimal climate, the complete ripeningof the clusters. In this spirit, due to the high quality of characteristics of the vineyards of this area and to the experience of our enologist, Fabio Signorini, C d V is able to offer lovers of Montalcino a range of authentic wines wholly connected to thire territory, wines that express power and generosity, and also elegance and sobriety. The vineyards lie between 100 300 m above sea level.

The vineyards face south east, overlooking the wonderful views towards Monte Amaita. Characterised by their hilly terrain, with steeper and softer slopes, rich in clayey soils, iron, fresh and full of mineral substances, the vineyards are infleunced by sea winds which guarantee a prolonged and perfect ripening of the grapes. This land and its particular climatic conditions allow the Sangiovese, trained in the spurred cordone method, to find its maximum expression. The estate comoprises 5 hectares of vineyard of which 2.80 hectares are Brunello while the rest is Rosso di Montalcino and Sant' Antimo.
The harvest at CdV is done only when the grapes have achieved complete ripening, which is easily verified. To understand the best moment to pick, not only are specific analyses performed in order to discover the phenolic maturation of the grape, but our experienced oenologist looks at the specific equilibrium of the grape. The harvest is manual and involves a rigorous selection of the clusters for each wine typology.

The Olive Grove: On the estate of CdV there are also 3 hectares of secular olive trees: Olivastro, Correggiolo and Moraiolo: The olives are picked by hand and are immediately sent to the press, where, thanks to the system of cold press, they are transformed into extra-virgin olive oil with all its special characteristics.

The winery was recently built and is to a large part underground, with humidity and temperature control. It is divided into two distinct zones: one part for the vinfication with stainless steel vats and the other part for the ageing with 25hl wood barrels for the Brunello di Montalcino and tonneaux and barriques for the Rosso di Montalcino and the Sant' Antimo. It is here that you can breathe in the aromas of the resting wine. Vinfication is performed with light rackings and delestage at controlled temperatures of a maximum of 24°C, the maceration of the skins varying from 12 to 28 days depending on the typology of the wine. The ageing period is preceeded by the malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and by the first decantation during the winter time.

Ageing: The ageing room is where the wines age for long periods of time, periods that may be longer than those required by the regulations of production. This may be a case for older vintages which we feel need a longer period of maceration. This choice goes back to 1990, the year in which the winery began to bottle its wines.


Wines and tastings


GPS: 42.975536,11.477693tel/FAX: +39 0577 844035cel: +39 347
CORTE DEI VENTI - 53024 Montalcino (Si) - loc. Piancornello, 35
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rosso di montalcino
brunello riserva
Sivana IGT
barriqued grappa
extra virgin olive oil

Montalcino, on its 567-metre perch upon a hilltop from which the mighty fourteenth century Fortress stands out, reigns over the surrounding countryside. In its labyrinth of streets, with workshops, small cafés and shops featuring typical local products (in addition to the famous wine, there is honey and local biscuits called "Bones of the Dead"), must-sees include the beautiful City Hall, the Bishop's Palace, home of the Museums of Montalcino (Diocesan, Civic and Archaeological with important works of Sienese artists from the XIII-XVI centuries including Bartalo di Fredi, il Sodoma, Bartolmeo Neroni), the old crucifix from Sant'Antimo dating to the mid 1100s and the churches of Sant'Agostino, Sant'Egidio and San Francesco all built between the XIII and XIV centuries as well as the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso. Just outside the town near Castelnuovo dell'Abate in the Starcia Valley, there is the Romanesque Abbey of Sant'Antimo, intimate and impressive temple surrounded by an almost enchanting atmosphere, founded by Charlemagne in 781. There are numerous castles in the territory of Montalcino among which a mention goes to Poggio alle Mura of Lombard origin. Montalcino undoubtedly has many facets. Symbol of Siena since 1555 when it offered the republican government its last refuge against the imperial troops of Charles V, it even represents the outer limits of Sienese soil bordering the forests of the Maremma and the steep slopes of Mount Amiata. The wine facet of Montalcino cannot be overlooked either; home of Brunello which has been defined as the best and most famous Italian wine.

La Val d'Orcia e Pienza, borgo di eccezionale pregio culturale del Parco, sono entrambi siti UNESCO rispettivamente dal 2004 e dal 1996 come esempi di paesaggio rurale ben gestito a partire dalla sua integrazione nel territorio della città-stato di Siena nel XIV e XV secolo, quando fu ridisegnato e sviluppato in modo da riflettere un modello idealizzato di buon governo e di bellezza. Ancora oggi, in Val d'Orcia, il carattere agricolo della sua economia e il persistere dei suoi abitanti in attività legate alla terra o alla lavorazione di materie prime del luogo, hanno salvaguardato il rapporto uomo-ambiente, elevandolo ad una dignità quasi ovunque sconosciuta. Le eccellenze eno-gastronomiche che qui si producono ne sono la migliore testimonianza: Basti pensare alla qualità dell'olio d'oliva e del grano, al profumo dei dolci delle feste, al pecorino di Pienza, ai vini, che raggiungono il culmine della loro tradizione a Montalcino, con il Brunello, dove la vigna, la terra e l'uomo sono legati da una cultura più che millenaria.

VAL D'ORCIA, GIUSTIFICAZIONE PER L'ISCRIZIONE UNESCO: La Val d'Orcia è un eccezionale esempio del ridisegno del paesaggio pre-rinascimentale, che illustra gli ideali di buon governo e la ricerca estetica che ne ha guidato la concezione (iv). Celebrata dai pittori della scuola senese, la Val d'Orcia è divenuta un'icona del paesaggio che ha profondamente influenzato lo sviluppo del pensiero paesaggistico (vi).

PIENZA, GIUSTIFICAZIONE PER L'ISCRIZIONE UNESCO: Borgo di eccezionale valore culturale (i), (ii) e universale, in quanto rappresenta la prima applicazione del concetto umanista rinascimentale di urbanistica e, come tale occupa una posizione fondamentale nello sviluppo del concetto del progetto "città ideale", destinato a svolgere un ruolo significativo nel successivo sviluppo urbano in Italia e oltre. L'applicazione di questo principio a Pienza ed in particolare nel gruppo di costruzioni intorno alla piazza centrale, ha determinato un capolavoro del genio creativo umano (iv).


Castiglione d'Orcia
San Quirico d'Orcia