Montalcino curiosities

by Laura Gray on May 6, 2014

Montalcino's UFOSome things you might not know about Montalcino
  • The demonym for the inhabitants of Montalcino is ilcinesi, singular ilcinese.
  • There is a wine-shop every 19 inhabitants (Source: Museum of Brunello).
  • There is a Museum of Brunello, on the road between Montalcino and Castelnuovo dell’Abate.
  • The population of 5278 residents includes people from 51 different nationalities (2012 data… see more here)
  • Actually 2013 data show that almost double the national average (7.4%).  Full data and analysis in Italian by winenews.
  • In 1980 there were 37 Brunello producers of which only 12 were bottlers : there are now over 200 Brunello producers. The 2014 Consorzio del Brunello map can be found here.
  • Brunello di Montalcino was the first DOCG to be officialised back in 1980.
  • The price of Brunello vineyards varies from 300-500.000 Euros per hectare (Source: Knight Frank Global Vineyard Index)
  • A prehistoric whale was unearthed while preparing a vineyard in February 2007. What was that about terroir?
  • A painting by Bonaventura Salimbeni (1567-1613) in the San Pietro Church seems to depict a UFO. There is a lovely piece about it in  Italian by Alessandro Schwed and a more rational English explanation here.
But perhaps most important of all:
  • You can learn how to make artisan ice-cream at Why Not on Wednesday mornings.

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