Biondi Santi

The most important, significant and prestigious acknowledgements of Brunello of The Greppo begin with the diploma attained by Clemente Santi for his Moscadello at the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1867.

Diploma Esposition
Universelle de Paris del 1867

It was only at the Agrarian Exhibition of Montepulciano in 1869 that „a select red wine (brunello) of 1865” was mentioned and received a prize, and that date probably marks the birth of this product characterised by such longevity, by which it was later consecrated with the two historical Reserves of 1888 and 1891.

Diploma Esposizione Agraria
di Montepulciano 1865

At the Regional Agrarian Contest of Siena in 1887, his grandson, Ferruccio Biondi Santi, received a prize for his “fine red wine” of 1884 and “fine red wine” of 1883. The 1932 report of the Interministerial Commission of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for the Delimitation of the Chianti Wine District, recognises Brunello as „… a recent creation of Ferruccio Biondi Santi from Montalcino”.
In 1925 in Rome, came the turn of Ferruccio’s son, Tancredi Biondi Santi who won a gold medal for his “oeno-technical ability” at a National and International Contest.
In the book entitled “Vino al Vino” (Wine to Wine), Mario Soldati, making reference to the “secret” of the topping off of the Brunello occurred at The Greppo in spring 1970, wrote: “…I fell to my knees as though witnessing a small miracle…”.