Along the northern slopes of Montalcino, near the edge of the Brunello appellation stands the impressive Castello Tricerchi. Now farmed by the 17th generation of the Tricerchi family, Tommaso and Emanuele Squarcia, the castle’s importance is paramount in Montalcino. Completed by the Tricerchi family in 1441, the fortress became a waypoint for travelers on the Via Francigena—the pilgrims way to the Vatican from France.
These days, there are less religious pilgrims along the route than there are vinous ones: Montalcino has attracted wine lovers to this corner of Tuscany from around the globe, and Tricerchi is rising to the occasion. The Squarcia family once sold their grapes to the Geografico cooperative, but since 2012 they have been working closely with famed “sangiovesista” Maurizio Castelli (of Scopetone and Mastrojanni fame), making wine in a classic style with longer fermentations with indigenous yeasts, and aging in large Slavonian oak casks. The results are sublime: a refreshing classic interpretation of Montalcino terroir from a relative newcomer on the scene—even though their family has been in possession of the castle since the 15th century!