From Il Palazzone:


I often exaggerate but in Montalcino 2015 really was one of the vintages of a lifetime, a year of unparalleled excellence, in short “una vendemmia da sogno”. The Consorzio del Brunello describe it as a vintage of “altissimo e raro livello qualitativa” extremely high and unprecedented quality. Nobody was surprised to see it awarded five […]

Brunello 2015 vintage tile: 5 is the magic number

by Laura Gray on August 22, 2019

After an excellent growing season it came as no surprise to Montalcino producers when the 2015 vintage was awarded the maximum five stars. Brunello vintages are evaluated in the February following harvest. The outcome is announced at the Benvenuto Brunello event and a tile is placed on the walls of the old town hall to […]

2015 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

by Laura Gray on August 19, 2019

Nov.2019 95 pts

Face to face with a wild boar

by Laura Gray on May 7, 2019

Like many producers here in Montalcino we have had to fence off the property at great expense and causing an inevitable uglification of the Tuscan landscape. The boar and deer populations are out of control and we have to protect our grapes and vineyards. In Tuscany the wild boar population is forty times the national […]

Calling all FoPs…

by Laura Gray on March 14, 2019

Although our cellar is now seven years old, we have yet to stop calling it The New Cellar. The wonderful cantina, designed by local architect (and now neighbour), Marco Pignattai, was completed in time for harvest 2012. If you have 90 seconds to spare, here’s a pre-Instagram chronicle of the erection of 500 square metres […]

Long Live Brunello!

by Laura Gray on February 16, 2019

Il Palazzone is absolutely delighted to be participating in Long Live Brunello, an exclusive event that will take place in Montalcino from 21st to 23rd June 2019 in the beautiful setting of the S. Agostino cloister. This event is the first of its kind and will showcase the aging capacity of Brunello and the rightful place […]

Benvenuto Brunello 2019 in Montalcino

by Laura Gray on January 21, 2019

Fancy getting to grips with 2014 Brunello? Tickets can be bought for Benvenuto Brunello in Montalcino (16, 17 and 18 February) via the Consorzio website  – and do consider lodgings near the city centre . Bear in mind these wise words from Italian wine blogger @dobianchi regarding the unexpected customer value of challenging vintages, keeping an open mind […]

On not producing Brunello 2014

by Laura Gray on January 21, 2019

As you may already know from my Instagram feed pruning is underway at our Castelnuovo vineyards. This time of year always feels like the pause at the top of a rollercoaster; anticipation and excitement with a healthy twist of stomach-churning trepidation about what will be beyond our control. Pruning is the starting pistol for the vines […]
Mercifully the eating festival that started on 24th December is nearly over and we can finally take down the Christmas tree and dismantle the nativity scene complete with mossy hillocks that the cat has been sleeping in (and not just sleeping in, unfortunately). The 6th of January is the Epiphany, the day La Befana is […]

Autumn in Tuscany (and what is a sagra anyway)

by Laura Gray on October 6, 2018

This is a lovely time of the year; the grapes are safely in the cellar and you can see from the relaxed faces in town that Montalcino’s wine producers have begun to exhale and even sleep at night. The leaves on the vines are turning golden yellow and chestnuts are prickly underfoot. Temperature and seasonal […]

A moveable feast in Montalcino

by Laura Gray on October 6, 2018

Next weekend the four quarters of Montalcino are holding a moveable feast with a course at each of their headquarters, rooms usually absolutely unaccessible to the general public. Starting at 7pm, guests can eat their starter at Quartiere Ruga before ambling to the Borghetto for a first course, stopping off for a main at Travaglio […]

Fancy seeing #awhaleinavineyard?

by Laura Gray on September 26, 2018

If you are looking for an add-on to a few days of admiring cypresses and tasting Brunello, look no further! For over a decade in our cellar I have mentiond “Brunella” to incredulous guests. Between 6 and 8 metres long and with an estimated weight of around 6 tons this prehistoric whale is massive tangible proof […]

Happy (early) Father’s Day from Il Palazzone!

by Jenny Cuddihy on June 15, 2018

Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino makes for a wonderful gift for husbands, fathers & father-in-law wine lovers. Our Rosso del Palazzone is a terrific BBQ wine with its’ lighter, fresher style. And the Il Palazzone Olive Oil would make any Dad/Foodie very happy. Il Palazzone wines  are distributed in many states throughout the US. A few […]
In just ten days fifty artisanal wine producers from all over the world are coming to share their wines and knowledge in Montalcino at the first edition of “Tutto di un Sorso.” After some consideration, growers is how I choose to translate “vignaioli,” a word that in Italian comes trailing with significance, like the French […]

2012 Brunello di Montalcino Recipe Pairing

by Jenny Cuddihy on May 8, 2018

Some things in life are simply worth the wait. Such is the case for this delicious recipe thoughtfully created to pair with the 2012 Il Palazzone Brunello by Chef Dominic Rice of Amali NYC, a beautiful Mediterranean restaurant located in Midtown East in Manhattan that celebrates modern Greek & Italian cooking with the freshest local […]
In the week running up to Benvenuto Brunello here in Montalcino, it was a delight to come across this insightful blogpost from Erico Guido, American wine writer and director of Wine and Marketing for the Morrell Wine Group in New York. It provides a great overview of the 2013 vintage after his attendance at the […]

Reading our EVOO label

by Laura Gray on February 6, 2018

Extra Virgin Olive Oil : Oil produced by only physical (mechanical) means is called Virgin Oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is olive oil that satisfies specific high chemical and organoleptic criteria. It must have less than 0.8% acidity, present no taste defects and be “fruttato“. Extra Virgin Olive Oils are the most rich in monounsaturated […]

Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil : Harvest 2017

by Laura Gray on January 30, 2018

This year harvest started on 27th October and finished on 10th November. Our total production from the fruit of 1.000 trees was a mere 1.224 500 ml. bottles. The timing of picking is crucial and linked to the organoleptic characteristics of Extra Virgin Olive Oil; the ratio of fruit and bitterness, spice and sweetness. The […]

Benvenuto Brunello USA 2018

by Jenny Cuddihy on January 24, 2018

We are very much looking forward to showing our new 2013 Brunello release as well as our Rosso del Palazzone Lot 1/17, Lorenzo & Isabelle 2013 and 2012 Brunello next week in NYC & Chicago. At the Benvenuto Brunello Tasting Events, several notable Montalcino wineries will be showcasing their current Rosso and Brunello releases. Other […]

Benvenuto Brunello 2018 : 16-19 February 2018

by Laura Gray on December 23, 2017

At the end of February Montalcino will be heaving with visitors who have come to attend the 26th edition of Benvenuto Brunello. The word kermesse will be used at every possible opportunity, wrists will shake from pouring and many of us will be surreptitiously rubbing our teeth and wishing that we had ordered a maxi-pack […]

Accomodation within Montalcino city walls

by Laura Gray on December 23, 2017

My father once sagely pointed out that, having never stayed in a Montalcino hotel, I am scarcely in a position to recommend them and of course he is right. I must also admit that I know the proprietors since everyone knows everyone in Montalcino. I will add that I have only heard good things about […]

A wonderful food pairing for our 2013 Brunello

by Laura Gray on December 18, 2017

The 2013 vintage will not be available until January 2018 but, as Montalcino enjoys its first snow of the year, tickle your taste-buds with this wonderful recipe, kindly shared by local chef Raffaella Cova. Raffaella creates incredible food in her home, directly in front of our cellar, the Palazzone that originally gave the name to […]