Canneto wine estate (Azienda Agricola Canneto) is situated on the western side of Montepulciano, near the splendid church of San Biagio and has a long wine-making tradition.
The farm consists of 48 hectares, 30 of which are under vine, with 16 being reserved for the production of Vino Nobile. The vineyards, facing mainly south, are situated at 350 and 400 m above sea level, on marl soil mixed with gravel. The vine-training system is spurred cordon. A further 4 hectares are planted with olive trees for the production of Extra Virgin Olive Oil D.O.P Terre di Siena.
The annual production of Canneto Winery is around 130,000 bottles.
1. When driving anywhere in this region you are always surrounded by vineyards and olive trees.
2. The estate is located inside the Montepulciano town limits, but at a lower altitude that the town itself.
3. A welcoming entrance that is easy to spot (compared to some other wineries that we have visited in the region).
4. In Tuscany people prefer not to use asphalt for the roads that lead to the winery.
5. You get to the fantastic views immediately from the parking lot.
6. Grapes on the right, olives on the left.
8. Lots and lots of vineyards.
9. In the background you can see parts of Montepulciano.
10. We arrived during the harvest of Merlot grapes. This is the process of destemming the grapes. These two friendly ladies check everything manually.
11. Let’s take a look inside the cellar, which is more of a warehouse than a traditional cellar.
12. The large oak barrels have a capacity of over 10 hectolitres. The smaller ones are all made out of french oak and can hold 500 litres each.
14. Even some of the oldest vintages of Canneto are casually stored in boxes and ready to be shipped.
15. This is the new tasting room, with lovely new furnishings.
19. We start the tasting with a white wine called CALAMUS, which is a blend of: Malvasia Toscana 40% – Riesling 20% – Traminer 20% – Petit Manseng 20%. Canneto have started making their only white wine just some years ago. Generally winemakers in this region don’t make white wine, so this was a pleasant surprise. If you are a fan of Riesling and Traminer then this one will not disappoint.
20. Grappa is also produced by Canneto and is bottled in 700ml bottles, instead of the usual 750ml. Anyone knows why the smaller bottle?
21. Opening a new bottle of FILIPPONE, we will get back to it later.
22. We check the view from the window. Tuscany!
23. As it was harvest season for Merlot we asked if we could taste the grapes (wineries will rarely provide their grapes). A few minutes later, Ottorino de Angelis, the director and production manager brought a bucket of fresh Merlot grapes just for us. Imagine that!
24. Our guide Daniela gave them a quick wash and brought them to our table. I was always curious to taste the grapes that wine is made out of. For example Merlot has a very thick skin and a rather watery inside, so it is not very pleasant to eat. But you have to at least try it!
25. Next is Vino Nobile de Montepulciano (a blend of Sangiovese 90%, Merlot 5%, Cabernet 5%), then the Vino Nobile Riserva (Sangiovese 95%, Merlot and Cabernet 5%) and the Filippone (Sangiovese 50%, Merlot 50%).
The grapes for Filippone and the white Calamus are harvested only by hand, as there is special criteria for these blends and they use only the best grapes.
26. After finishing the wine tasting we went out to enjoy more of the views.
28. Grapes and olives everywhere.
31. Canneto is an operation with 8 employees in total. Here you can see 25% of the staff :)
33. Thank you Canneto, we continue our journey!
These photos were taken on 12th of October 2016 after a couple of rainy days.