After only a handful of vintages Enrico Santini has made a name for himself as one of the most dynamic and respected new producers in Bolgheri. In the midst of Bolgheri’s larger estates, Santini is a true “garagiste” in the region, with only 32 acres of vineyards and having transformed his garage and the basement of his home to a winery. A native of Bolgheri, from the village of Castagneto Carducci, Enrico spent 15 years working in the supermarket industry before leaving to work for a friend’s winery. After a few years, he ventured out on his own - with no winery, no vineyards, no equipment and, as he puts it, mortgages enough for two lives. Enrico planted his first vineyard in 1998 and was immediately put on the map when the second vintage of his wine Montepergoli won the Tre Bicchieri - a major achievement for a completely unknown winery. Enrico produces limited quantities of two red blends and one white blend made from separately vinified varieties, all grown on his organically farmed vineyards.
“In just a few years Enrico Santini has emerged as one of Bolgheri’s most promising producers. The wines are made with the assistance of consulting oenologist Attilio Pagli and are likely to get even better as these organically farmed vineyards gain age. This is another of the new, young estates that will be fascinating to follow over the next few years.” Wine Advocate
“We are delighted to welcome Enrico Santini to the ranks of our Three Glass winners. After only three harvests, this very talented winemaker from Bolgheri has hit the bull’s eye that had us sitting up in our seats.” Gambero Rosso 2004 Guide
May 23rd, 2012
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Charlene Peters, Boston City Guide Examiner editor and writer, attended the VINTUS Producer Tour in Cambridge several weeks ago. Peters discusses her experience at the event, explaining that it solidified her love for certain wines and allowed her to discover a number of new wines as well. The winemaker’s that took her by surprise and made an impressive showing were Finca Decero, Chateau Montelena, Xavier Milhade, Sandrone, Enrico Santini, and Telmo Rodriguez.
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