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Biondi Santi  

Considered the father of Brunello di Montalcino, Franco Biondi Santi passed away at the age of 91 in 2013. In the mid 1800s, his great, great grandfather, Clemente Santi, was determined to find the best grape clone suited to the Montalcino soil. At that time, most Italian winemakers were producing simple field blends. In 1865, the elder Santi introduced a wine called “brunello” for the first time. During World War II, Franco and his father hid their precious library of wines from the German soldiers. Under Franco’s watch, the production of Brunello di Montalcino increased dramatically, from only 385 acres in 1971 to roughly 5,200 acres at the time of his death in 2013. In 1968, the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) was created for Brunello di Montalcino, largely based on the guidelines established by the Biondi Santi Family.

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