In 1974 the Falvo brothers, owners of the vineyards in the district of Cortona, took over Avignonesi and refounded it investing greatly in viniculture, selecting the local varieties and introducing classical ones such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir. Nowadays, Avignonesi consists of four wine-producing estates: Le Capezzine, I Poggetti, La Selva and La Lombarda. In total they comprise 225 hectares of open ground, 109 ha of vineyards and 3 ha of olive groves.
Fattoria Le Capezzine (altitude 300 m)
Only a few kilometres from Montepulciano, close to the village of Valiano, stands the old farm estate Le Capezzine. It is the heart of the company and it has been impeccably restored. It contains spacious cellars for vinification, cellars for ageing and storing, the vinsantaia, the frantoio (the olive oil mill), warehouses and offices. The estate comprises 19 hectares, of which 8 hectares of vineyards divided as follows: 6 of albarello vines in the "settonce" pattern; 1 dedicated to density experimentation ranging from 2,000 to 8,500 vines per hectare with six different rootstocks; and finally 1 dedicated to growing 127 ancient varieties indigenous to Montepulciano and the surrounding area, once highly esteemed, but today in danger of extinction. The estate is also a stable for the breeding of horses.
Avignonesi Wine available at The Saratoga Wine ExchangeAvignonesi Winery Il Marzocco, Cortona Chardonnay
Il Marzocco has golden hue tending to amber; its bouquet is intense, fruity and full; its taste is aromatic, persistent and dry, but remarkable full bodied.
Avignonesi Winery Bianco
Bianco Avignonesi has a pale yellow colour; its bouquet is intense, fruity and typical for the varieties; the taste is full, harmonious with a pleasant acidity.
Avignonesi Winery Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Vino Nobile is garnet red in colour; its bouquet is delicate and intense, with a slight scent of violet; the taste is dry with a hint of tannic.
Avignonesi Winery Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva
Vino Nobile "Grandi Annate" is garnet red in colour; its bouquet is delicate and intense, with a slight scent of violet; the taste is dry with a hint of tannic.
Avignonesi Winery Desiderio, Cortona Merlot
Intense, rubin red in colour, its bouquet is delicate and persistent, with a slight scent of wild fruits; the taste is fullbodied, harmonious and round.
Avignonesi Winery Rosso
Intense ruby red in colour with a bouquet reminiscent of wild fruits, spices and grass; the taste is round and harmonious.