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                            The following is an interview in honor of the outstanding wine producer
                            Franco Biondi Santi, known during his lifetime as the patriarch of Italian
                            winemaking. His name has come to symbolize exceptional quality
                            in traditional Italian wine. Franco's family were among the first pioneers
                            to create the amazing Tuscan wine Brunello di Montalcino. The history
                            of the Biondi Santi winemaking family, the philosophy, and bouquets
                            of traditional Italian wines — this interview between Oleg Cherne,
                            Editor-in-Chief of Code de Vino, and Franco Biondi Santi covers it all.

                                                              Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is an outstanding Italian
                                                              wine from the south of Tuscany. The wine is produced
                                                              in small quantities using Brunello grapes local variety
                                                              of Sangiovese. Brunello berries are larger than your
                                                              regular Sangiovese, but their clusters are smaller,
                                                              and the vines bear less fruit. This helps the grapes
                                                              ripen better and makes the wine richer and more
                                                              tannic. In turn, this allows it to mature more organically
 Maestro Franco                                               maturing Brunello di Montalcino in barrels for no less
                                                              and store better. Traditional procedure prescribes
                                                              than two years, then four more years in bottles before
                                                              it can be purchased.
 Biondi Santi                                                 Only wine from Montalcino can bear the name
                                                              Brunello. The terroir of this area is very diverse,
                                                              its numerous hills dividing the land into different areas
                                                              with their own microclimates. The lower part is hot and
                                                              dry, and the upper (northern) part is colder with more
                                                              rain. This affects the quality of the local wines, giving
 Interview by Oleg Cherne                                     them a denser structure. Both the north and the south
                                                              produce amazing wines, but they are very different.
                                       Brunello Grapes
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