From Il Palazzone:


And the 2016 vintage begins…

by Laura Gray on February 2, 2016

The last three days of January are known throughout Italy as “i giorni della merla” – the days of the blackbird. According to tradition, these days are always bitterly cold and often the coldest three days of the year. Legend has it that the blackbird was once brilliant white but its plumage turned black forever […]

Is Bigger Really Better?

by Jenny Cuddihy on June 10, 2015

Is bigger really better? The 2010 vintage of Il Palazzone Brunello is presenting itself to be one of the greatest vintages in our 20 year history of producing Brunello. It is also one of our largest productions, as we made over 14,000 750ml bottles since we were able to use nearly all the grapes from […]

Got to love those little hands!

by Laura Gray on May 19, 2015

The vines are growing upwards, anchoring themselves to the foliage wires with their tendrils. While the agronomical term is viticci, in Montalcino they are known as manine – little hands – since it’s as if the vines are clinging to the wires for support. We are very close to flowering here at Le Due Porte […]

Transparency and Traceability in Brunello

by Jenny Cuddihy on May 6, 2015

In 2009 The Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino announced a system where you can confirm your wine’s authenticity by texting a phone number with the letter and number code listed on the DOCG strip which is found on the neck of the bottle of Brunello. Once the information is received you then get a […]

Private sunset tastings at Il Palazzone

by Laura Gray on April 28, 2015

Setting Sun As the day draws to a close, the shadows of the cypress trees are lengthening. The stone walls are warm to the touch. The doves are cooing and a rooster in the distance seems to have misplaced all sense of time. The air is balmy with a gentle aroma of fragrant rosemary and sage… or […]

Hard at work in the olive grove

by Laura Gray on April 22, 2015

This month we are hard at work in the olive groves, digging up the soil in a perfect circle around the base of each tree and fertilising each plant. Olive tree roots are a mirror image of the chioma or branch structure so the upturned soil at the base of each plant matches the furthest […]

Budbreak 2015: Montalcino terroir in action

by Laura Gray on April 20, 2015

Our three vineyards are separated by a total of 15 km (9 miles) and have different elevation, soil composition, vine-age and exposition. These photographs were all taken within ten days of each other. At Le Due Porte, where the cellar is located, the fuzzy nubs of the new leaves were just visible on 8th April […]
Chef-di-Cucina-Lauren-DeSteno-HeadshotMarea restaurant in New York City is known for it’s superb cuisine, seamless service, and award-winning wine programs. To date, Marea has received two Michelin stars, the 2010 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, three stars from The New York Times, named Best New Restaurant by Bon Apetit, Esquire, and GQ Magazine and also […]

Watch this space! Benvenuto Brunello 2015 kicks off

by Laura Gray on February 20, 2015

Benvenuto Brunello, Montalcino, vintage 2014

Pruning at Le Due Porte : 12th February 2015

by Laura Gray on February 13, 2015

It’s hard to believe that we had 4cm of snow last Friday; schools closed, market cancelled, the works. This last week has been full of wonderful crisp and clear days, with startling blue skies and beautiful sunsets. Winter pruning started on Monday 2nd February, a “potatura soffice” meticulously performed by hand. Soffice in Italian means […]

Rosso del Palazzone 01/15 is in the cellar!

by Laura Gray on January 20, 2015

The cellar is crammed with cages full of our newest Rosso del Palazzone, ready to be labelled, packaged and sent off around the world. The first Rosso del Palazzone was released 5 years ago. Because our Brunello vineyards are in three very different areas of Montalcino, the grapes from each vineyard show very diverse qualities due to the […]

Winter weekend tastings at Il Palazzone, Montalcino

by Laura Gray on November 14, 2014

Think you know Brunello? Think again. Never tried Brunello in your life? In just 90 minutes make up for lost time. Blank slate or sommelier, you have never tasted wine like this before! These special tastings on weekends during the winter months offer are much more than a regular tasting. Allow yourself to be guided […]

Svinatura 2014

by Laura Gray on October 14, 2014

Harvest 2014: it is what it is

by Laura Gray on October 5, 2014

“Non siamo padroni noi dell’uva, è la stagione che fa da padrone” We are not masters of the grape, it’s the season that calls the shots. Marco pronounced these  words, two days after we finished our 2014 harvest. 2014 was hard; a series of slaps in the face from Mother Nature in the form of […]

Harvest time in Tuscany: a podcast

by Laura Gray on September 21, 2014

Thanks very much to Travis and Pat of Total Tuscany for getting up at 6.30 am on a Saturday for our interview – and for picking Il Palazzone to feature in their 22nd episode. Click here for 30 minutes of harvest-related banter. If you’d like to read about what we’re doing pre-pick or about my […]

Spampanamento & yield reduction : Harvest 2014 update

by Laura Gray on September 18, 2014

There’s not been much time to blog this last month or so. Montalcino has been riding out the most recent Brunello “scandal” which, in spite of the lure of eye-catching headlines seems actually to have been a huge triumph for the DOCG system of controls that are in place to protect the consumers. Billed as the “largest […]

Polenta in July: Harvest 2014 update

by Laura Gray on July 31, 2014

For the last two or three days most Italian people I see tell me in incredulous tones about their most recent meal. “Polenta! Would you believe it?” – “Stuffato con porcini… ma siamo matti? Porcini beef stew.. crazy” – “Passata di lenticchie… lentil soup, whatever next?.” We are all in a state of shock because […]

Living the dream?

by Laura Gray on July 21, 2014

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Benvenuto Rosso del Palazzone 01/14!

by Laura Gray on July 18, 2014

At the end of June we bottled 7,200 bottles of our newest Rosso del Palazzone. The first Rosso del Palazzone was released just 4 years ago. Because our Brunello vineyards are in three very different areas of Montalcino, the grapes from each vineyard show very diverse qualities due to the difference in soil, age of vines, position and altitude. The […]

The truth about airlocks

by Laura Gray on June 18, 2014

In December 2013 a six year old visiting the cellar was prompted by his proud parents to tell me that the glass airlocks on the top of each barrel were designed by Leonardo da Vinci. A blog post to be written I thought to myself at the time, followed by an incredulous scowl and a […]

Il Palazzone 2013 Olive Oil has arrived!

by Laura Gray on May 19, 2014

Olive-Oil-620x826Calling all olive oil lovers! A small amount of our most recent bottling of extra virgin olive oil has just arrived in the US. If you have tasted our olive oil already, you know that we put as much care and love into our olives as we do into the grapes for our Brunello. We […]

Decanter 2009 Brunello Panel Tasting Results

by Laura Gray on May 12, 2014

  Our 2009 Brunello was highly recommended by Decanter. The full listings are here.