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Region: Tuscany

Sant’Antimo DOC

Sant’Antimo is a relatively new appellation located in the Montalcino commune in the Siena province, hometown for the famous red wine Brunello di Montalcino.

The zone is named for the Sant’Antimo Abbey, built in the 12th century and located in the mystical isolation at the foot of the Castelnuovo dell'Abate ridge, in a valley surrounded by nothing but vineyards, olive groves and cypresses.

As previously mentioned, the wines are cultivated in the same area as the famous Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wines with the exception of a small area to the northeast.

When Sant’Antimo received its DOC in 1996, it was partly to be able to maximize the potential of wines that would otherwise "only" be classified as IGT (varietals made from international grapes).

But the appellation also had a bonus effect, in that it gave winemakers the opportunity to experiment without changing the time-honored techniques used to produce the area's wines.

For this reason, the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes play a larger role here than in other zones in Tuscany.

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