The Dei family, owners of the estate, has been winegrower in the area of Montepulciano
for several decades, although from a commercial point of view the winemaking activity is recent. 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 and in 1989 a vinification cellar including up-to-date winemaking equipment was completed. The aging premises, were established near the vinification centre, within the Martiena property. Today the
estate comprises 60 hectares under vine, divided into five separate holdings in excellent sites: Martiena, Bossona, La Piaggia, Cervognano and La Ciarliana, from which Vino
Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano are produced.
Since ‘99, from the Sangiovese grapes harvested in the Bossona vineyard, the estate is
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 almost quality, enhancing the characteristics of its indigenous grape variety.In
these days the winery is carrying out the building of a new under-ground cellar that
morphologically calls to mind the shape of a shell, to celebrate the fossil composition of Bossona. The new wine cellar exploits sources of renewable energy, primarily geothermal energy, and it is completely created with the travertine of the family.
HISTORY AND INNOVATION
The secret of Cantine Dei’s success is based on respect for the land and passion for wine. Our 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.
In 1980, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was the first Italian wine to earn recognition as a D.O.C.G. wine (with designation of origin both controlled and guaranteed.) Cantine Dei takes inspiration from the Etruscans, making high quality wines of great elegance.
Cantine Dei is an outstanding family-run winery where great care is taken to cultivate the highest quality grapes to bring out the distinctive flavors of this rich and beautiful Tuscan landscape.
Our rich variety of soils enhance the grapes in a celebration of terroir, and go into the pursuit of an optimal wine while adhering to precise organic standards. The rest is thanks to the natural, unique environment of Montepulciano.
Cantine Dei’s vineyards are divided into five areas of production:
Martiena, Bossona, La Ciarlana, La Piaggia, and Cervognano, and all enjoy the privilege of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano terroir. 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.