Casanova di Neri is the realization of a long-cherished dream of Giovanni Neri. He always dreamed about making his own red wine. In 1971, he bought the estate Podere Casanova in the Italian municipality of Montalcino and changed the name to Casanova di Neri. There were a few vines with sangiovese on the estate, but they needed to be replaced. This was the beginning of the adventure of restoration and expansion of Casanova di Neri.
At present, the vineyard area has a total area of 63 hectares. These hectares are spread out over seven different vineyards: Fiesole, Cerretalto, Collalli, Podemuovo, Pietradonuce, Giovanni Neri and Cetine. Each vineyard has its own unique character due to the diversity of soil structure, exposure, and the age of the vines. Casanova di Neri mainly works with sangiovese, but cabernet sauvignon and a small portion of vermentino and grechetto are also used in the cellar. The vineyards are located between 200 and 450 meters above sea level. The altitude provides a good difference in the day and night temperatures, which allows the grapes to maintain their acidity well.
After the harvest has been brought in by hand, the grapes are destemmed. The fermentation is started by natural yeasts only. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. After that, the wines are aged in wooden barrels. The duration varies per vintage and per cuvée, but in general this period is between 37 and 43 months. The vinification process ends with an additional 6 to 24 months of bottle-aging before the wines are released to the market. Production is mainly focused on producing Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. The showpiece of the winery is the Brunello Cerretalto.
Giovanni Neri, with his Brunello Cerretalto, has been awarded 100 points by several international wine critics. The best vintages of Casanova di Neri are: 1985, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2016.Read more