Founded in 1974, Avignonesi is the leading winery in the Montepulciano area of Tuscany. Its flagship wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, is appreciated by critics and winelovers worldwide and the winery is also renowned worldwide for the unique dessert wines Vin Santo di Montepulciano and Occhio di Pernice.
Avignonesi was purchased in 2009 by Virginie Saverys, who has brought significant changes to the winery. She and her win has worked tirelessly to convert the entire property to organic and biodynamic viticulture (in fact, Avignonesi is the leader in Biodynamic viticulture in Tuscany), with the clear goal of crafting distinct, genuine wines that fully express the singular characteristics of the Avignonesi terroir.
In 2015 Avignonesi received its organic certification and is currently waiting to obtain biodynamic certification as well.
Today, Avignonesi owns 161 hectares/402 acres of vineyards spread out over the Montepulciano and Cortona appellations. All of its wines are produced with 100% estate grown grapes. Resident winemakers, Ashleigh Seymour and Matteo Giustiniani oversee production, and under Virginie’s guidance, Avignonesi has developed a production philosophy based on balance, elegance, brightness of fruit and a strong sense of place.
The Cantaloro red blend present an unbelievable value. Medium bodied with red and black fruits with a polished, smooth finish that is as ready for charcuterie at a picnic as it is with a grilled ribeye. It is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.