The noble Costanti family goes back a long way to Renaissance times. One of several famous counts, Costanti – Tito – was both a lawyer and a winemaker, and anticipated the present DOCG and DOC. Not only was he one of the very first to use the name Brunello for Montalcino red wines, but the methods he employed were strikingly similar to those used for Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino today.
Costanti Brunellos, however, were jealously guarded secrets until the early 1960s, circulating solely among the owners’ friends and family. This changed with Count Emilio Costanti, physician and grape-grower, who first put the family name on the wine map. Dr. Costanti had no children. After maximizing the winery’s potential and releasing the first “public” vintages, Emilio Costanti traced the sole living descendant of the ancient Sienese family to Andrea Costanti, a fresh graduate in geology at the University of Siena with no background in wine.
Appointed as the legendary count’s heir and successor in 1983, Andrea immediately proved himself well worthy of Emilio’s trust. He not only coped with his huge new responsibilities but enhanced the family’s reputation for making great Brunello. He achieved this by relying on his fine instinct for wine, and an in-depth knowledge of the terrain’s geological components.
The range has the unmistakable imprint of the Matrichese cru, yielding Brunellos of unparalleled elegance and complexity, with luscious, focused berry fruit, remarkable structure and exquisite balance. Today, the Matrichese terroir, which remains the heart of the estate and covers 25 acres or high-rising vines, at an altitude of 1,312-1,476 feet a.s.l., is flanked by a 10-acre vineyard at Montosoli (1,181 feet a.s.l.).