The Dei family, owners of the estate, have been winegrowers in the area of Montepulciano
for several decades. Their entrepreneurial spirit has its roots in the travertine marble industry around Siena. Through tradition and innovation, Cantine Dei reinterprets the history of Tuscan wine to make contemporary wines that are truly unique. The first experimental bottles of Vino Nobile 1985 were released 1988. The success of this vintage was the starting point for the estate’s expansion. In 1989, a vinification cellar including up-to-date winemaking equipment was completed. Since 1999, from the Sangiovese grapes harvested in the Bossona vineyard, the estate has been producing its Vino Nobile Riserva. Keeping very low yields per hectare has always been the main objective of the estate, whose primary goal is the achievement of a Vino Nobile at its highest quality, enhancing the characteristics of its indigenous grape variety.
Montepulciano is one of the main wine-growing areas of Tuscany, and its history has been intertwined with the cultivation of vineyards and the production of quality wines for centuries. The wine was well known in medieval times. Pope Paul III (Pope between 1534-1549), a noted wine connoisseur, had it brought directly from Montepulciano to stock his wine cellars. The Tuscan region overall is hilly, with about a quarter of the Tuscan landscape mountainous and a scant 8 percent is officially classified as flat. Approximately 57,942 hectares of the region’s nearly 23,000 square kilometers is under vine. Soils in Tuscany range from soft and crumbly, marl-like clay-limestone and dense sandstone in the Apennine foothills to sandy clay around San Gimignano and gravelly clay and sandy soils in the Bolgheri and Maremma areas. Tuscany’s climate is Mediterranean with dry, hot summers; warm springs; and mild, rainy autumns and winters. Variations in altitude, exposition, and diurnal temperatures in the foothills contribute to climatic conditions that help balance the sugar, acidity, and aromatics in the grapes—primarily Sangiovese—planted there. source: SevenFifty Daily
The estate comprises 60 hectares under vine, divided into five separate holdings, all of which enjoy the priviledge of the Vino Nobile di Montepluciano terrior. Each vineyard has its own soil type with defining characteristics. The Martiena and La Piaggia vineyards at 400 meters above sea level are in areas consisting of fresh sandstone with bright, yellow soil. The Bossona vineyard, also at 400 meters above sea level, produces the best cru, and is characterized by a surface layer of sand and tuff, with a subsoil of fossils. It is a soft, yellow color with excellent drainage and ventilation. The Ciarliana vineyard, at 300 meters above sea level, has soil rich in clay and limestone, and is beige in color. Cervognano (250 meters above sea level) is mostly tuff with some clay.