The Farm


The Azienda Agricola Scopone is located in Montalcino, on the road to Castelnuovo dell’Abate – Sant’Antimo; you will find it on your left immediately after the burg “La Croce” following “Podere Scopone”.
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A great little story

The story of Scopone begins in the nineteenth century when the farm was the residence of several families of farmers who worked the lands of the Property.
During World War II, Scopone became a refuge for evacuated people and even today the elders of the village of Montalcino fondly remember the place that hosted them in one of the darkest moments of the History of our Country. After the war, there have been several owners until 1992, when the Genazzani family, looking for a house in the countryside, acquired the farmhouse and grounds (40 hectares).
In 1993 the legendary Settimio Dinetti, who was born and raised among the vineyards of Montalcino, and caretaker of the Property, made ​​with hands (and feet!) some young wine from the only one old vineyard that Scopone had at the time,  and offered a 50 liter demijohn to the  Genazzani family. That simple wine  was so good  that during a dinner with a group of friends, the 50 liters disappeared in a flash. Thus was born the idea of transforming Scopone in a winery.

The Genazzani spouses rearranged the old vineyard and in 1997  the first vintage took place : a great success! The oenologist Giacomo Tachis, longtime friend of the Genazzani family, saw great potential in that simple wine  and following his advice, Scopone was born. In the years  new vineyards and a winery have been built  in order to follow  the whole process of winemaking and aging closely. Today, still,  the winery is run with passion and love by the family, first and foremost by Theresia, assisted by her husband  Andrea and their children Vanni, David, Nurit and Sarah.
The name “Scopone” is the original name of the Property, which was so named by locals because of the thick “Scopi” bushes that inhabit its 20 hectares of forest which were used to produce brooms, “scope” in Italian.

Geological and pedological soil elements

The farm is located at 475m above sea level, in a hilly region that characterizes a major portion of this area with its sheer undulations, its generally fertile soils, open to the influence of a mild climate.
This area is very well suited for the cultivation of vineyards or other arboreal plants, such as olive trees.
The Pliocene hills, present in most of the area, also determine different types of landscapes, according to the soil composition, be it sandy or clayey.
The Farm Scopone is part of this reality presenting soils that are slightly sandy or clayey-sandy.
Stocks and vines with their relative clones have been carefully chosen in order to exploit this geopedological reality in a rational manner obtaining in this way the best results both on the land as in the cellar.

Exposition: South
Slope: from 6 to 10%

Vineyards

Characterized by a clear prevalence of “Sangiovese” stock, locally called “Brunello” grapes, the vineyards have been planted since 1995, choosing with maximum care the stocks and clones that would best fit the different soil types.
Besides Sangiovese, there are parcels planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, accompanied by small surfaces with Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah.
With the help of the best agronomists, vines are constantly taken care of with traditional methods, mainly grown with the horizontal spur method with a careful and strict selection in the thinning out of the cluster during the ripening. The equally accurate and extremely strict sorting of grapes during the harvest, obviously all done by hand, determines a production of grapes per hectare definitely inferior to the potential one (average 60 quintals) but allows, on the other hand, the production of wines of absolute quality.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG: Ha 3,10
Rosso di Montalcino DOC: Ha 1,80
DOC Sant’Antimo or IGT Toscano: Ha 6.06
Order of planting:: 2.40×0.80 oppure 2.20×0.80

Vine stocks per Ha:: 5210/5680

Staff

The Farm is guided by the owners:  Tessie Baijens Genazzani and her beloved husband Andrea Genazzani.
The vineyards technical care has been delegated to Dr. Valerio Barbieri, supported by Settimio and Roberto Dinetti who follow the plants day by day, thanks to the experience that springs from tradition.
The Oenologist Ezio Rivella takes care of the Cellar supervising the process from wine-making to bottling, with the assistance of Cellarman Roberto Dinetti.
Paintings from our friend painter Sandro Pipino from Modena, inspired by Scopone, have been used for the concept of the labels.

Contacts

Azienda Agricola Scopone
Località Podere Scopone 180
53024 Montalcino Siena
T. +39 0577 847144 / +39 050 939058
F. +39 050 939078
info@winescopone.com

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