Like many people, early on in my wine-drinking experience I inquired, “what kind of wine is this” after drinking a particularly lovely Italian red, only to get the response “it’s a Brunello”. From that moment on Brunello became of my favorites. But what makes something a Brunello wine, and why is it so special?
There are two very important factors in qualifying a wine as a Brunello: the first is where it is made. Brunello wine comes from the Montalcino part of Tuscany, where it is documented as being made as far back as the 14th century. The geography of it is very important, as Montalcino has one of the warmest and driest climates in Tuscany, and the grapes can ripen up to a week earlier than other nearby vineyards.