Fuligni was founded in 1923 by the Viscounts Fuligni, an ancient Venetian family who moved to Tuscany around 1770. The present owner is Roberto Guerrini Fuligni, enologist Paolo Vagaggini, and agronomist Federico Ricci, in charge of vineyard management.
The property covers 247 acres east of Montalcino, historically the home to classically styled Brunellos. The surface comprises almost 25 acres under vine, principally located at I Cottimelli. Most of these vineyards grow Sangiovese while the rest grow Merlot, which complements the Brunello grape in the SJ blend. The older vineyards are around 1,250-1,480 feet above sea level, mainly easterly and southeasterly exposed on stony/clayey, hillside “galestro” marls. The soil is low in organic components – therefore conducive to minuscule yields. The most recent vineyards face southeast on the tuffaceous-clayey soil. Crops are further cut back by the vines’ age (12 to 30-plus years), their density, severe pruning, and green harvest.
The recently added vineyards are even more densely planted, 10 to 12 years old and at a slightly lower altitude of 984 feet, on predominantly clayey terrain better suited to Merlot.
Grapes are vinified separately according to vineyard, in a classically inspired international style characterized by a strong backbone of acidity and smooth, polished tannins. The Fuligni range is a complete cross-section of Montalcino’s offerings: Rosso, Brunello, and Super Tuscan. The yearly production goes from an average 3,700 to 4,100 cases.