Cantina la Serena

About the producer

Owned by the Montalcinese Mantengoli family since 1933, the La Serena estate in Montalcino in Tuscany was brought to life in 1988 by sons Andrea and Marcello, an architect who designed the winery. They began with just 1ha of vines and now that has grown into 9ha. Andrea and his wife Elisabetta, along with their young son Giorgio, now run the estate, aided by consultant Paolo Caciorgna. Stylistically La Serena’s wines echo those of its neighbours, such as the more celebrated Cerbaiona next door. The tufo soils, good water retention, high altitude and eastern aspect giving plum coloured ruby red wines with generous loganberry fruit flavours. Vinified in stainless steel then aged in large Slavonian oak botte as well as a small amount of second fill barriques, Andrea’s wines display a great drinkability even when young while respecting the identity of their piece of Montalcino terroir.
  • Sustainable
Their Rosso di Montalcino comes from younger vines from lower, more humid and fertile parcels giving plenty of thinner-skinned grapes, hence earlier drinking wines. The Brunello di Montalcino fruit is selected from the vines higher up the slope, on poorer, better drained soils that yield fewer but better, thicker-skinned bunches.
The Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ‘Gemini’ is a selection of the best fruit from the oldest vines, from clones giving the most loosely packed bunches. All of the vines are (increasingly) trained to Guyot (capo volta) for lighter and more loosely packed bunches (vs. cordon speronata that gives more compact, heavier bunches).


Situated on an eastern shoulder of the Montalcino zone, below the town itself, the property is fortunate to have vines on limestone-rich tufo soils, managed organically from the beginning but only certified in 2013.


Vinified in stainless steel then aged in large Slavonian oak botte as well as a small amount of second fill barriques. Malolactic fermentation inside wooden casks of 30hl to 40hl and inside truncated cone vats. An eco-friendly cellar with solar panels, insulated walls and bicarbonate of soda used to clean vessels.


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