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The La Torre winery was founded in 1976 by Giuseppe Ananìa, who purchased the La Torre estate from the Ciacci family of Montalcino.

Until a few years earlier, the estate had been worked as a farm by sharecroppers, with livestock, cherry trees, wheat and mixed olive trees and vines. While Giuseppe planted the first vineyard, two and a half hectares in area, in 1976, it was up to his son Luigi to expand it in 1999 by another three hectares. Now the vineyard totals about five and a half hectares and surrounds the house on the south and west.

When the Ananìa family moved to Montalcino, there was a popular legend concerning the name “la torre". It was said that beside the farmhouse there used to stand a tower belonging to the Sassetti family, who owned the hillside estate before the Ciacci family. According to the legend, one branch of the Sassetti family discovered gold in the foundations of the tower and decided to demolish the entire building to take the gold and flee to Florence.

The arrival of the Ananìa family in Montalcino coincided with the start of a major transformation process, which affected not only the conversion of wine from an agricultural product to a media phenomenon but also the adoption of new scientific techniques in wine-making, and the introduction of the first IT methods into wineries. Luigi Ananìa’s estate management policy was to combine the techniques he had learnt from his degree in agriculture from Florence University with the knowledge of a number of old farmers who cultivated their vines and made their wines with enthusiasm and meticulous care.

This decision was key to remaining in touch with the surrounding territory and producing wines of local character with a strong bond to the land where they originated during years of rapid transformation, when wineries were in danger of losing their traditional roots and focusing on the cellar rather than the vineyard, with the same techniques in use all over Italy.

However, Luigi Ananìa’s bond to the territory, or the terroir, as the French call it, remains flexible and dynamic and lends full consideration also to other native varieties still present and others forgotten over the years.

The latest wine created at “La Torre” is called AMPELIO and is perhaps the clearest explanation of Luigi Ananìa’s ideas on this, since it comes from a blend of three native grapes, Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo and Alicante, the first of which has been grown since Etruscan times, while the other two were brought later from other countries.

Today, the absolute honesty and seriousness of intent of the Ananìa family is fully represented in the quality and expression of wines which admirably and enticingly reflect their unique origin.

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La Torre Brunello Di Montalcino

R 1,195.00

La Torre Brunello is a traditionally styled Brunello made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from the hills around Montalcino, Tuscany. Ruby red with garnet hues and hints of woodland fruit, berries,...

La Torre Rosso Di Montalcino

R 685.00

La Torre Rosso di Montalcino is a traditionally styled Rosso di Montalcino made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from the hills around Montalcino, Tuscany. Bright ruby red with fresh cassis and...