The vineyard has just been featured in the Copenhagen Post
by Carsten Pedersen and it’s reminded us just what a fantastic little
vineyard it is. La Pieve is a treasure nestled in the Tuscan countryside
and it’s only right that we tell you exactly why that is!
It sits in the warm, and dry district of Sant‘Antimo to the south
east of Montalcino (one of Tuscany’s least favoured wine regions) and
perhaps this is why it’s relatively unknown, despite the quality of its
Another reason it may be less well known is that it’s not a
traditional Italian family vineyard, as it’s owned by an outsider –
German Robert Baumann.
But that German ownership is why this particular petite vineyard has
been putting out wine far better than the vineyards which surround it.
Robert has spent years trying to “unite the area’s traditions” with
his German mind-set, and from the time he took on the vineyard he’s had
great success preparing wine at La Pieve and selling it in Munich, where
he lives for much of the year.
As he built up his business model Robert recruited the help of a
German oenologist, and the pair started producing wines which are fruity
and full to taste – in contrast to the traditional Montalcino dry and
“I wanted to produce wine which tastes delicious, keeps well and is
a pleasure to serve at the dinner table,” he said. “I think we’ve done
that and we’ve done it with a few wines.
“I’m just really happy with the way the business has come on.”
These days La Pieve House produces three wines; Rosso di Montalcino, Agave and Brunello di Montalcino.
The first is an extremely drinkable full red with a fruity quality.
It’s fermented for a year in large wooden barrels, followed by half a
year in the bottle before it’s sold.
The Agave is a blend of traditional Sangiovese grapes and
Cabernet Sauvignon. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks and
aged for a year in small wooden barrels, before being further aged in
the bottle for another year before hitting the shelves.
The final wine is wonderfully deep and rich, thanks to the fact it’s
fermented and aged in large wooden barrels for three years, followed by
one year in the bottle before sale.
You can order the wine from La Pieve's website here - or why not visit and taste these great wines when you stay at villas in vineyards in Tuscany?
PS - the image is a photo I took from Pienza, looking west towards Montalcino, with the dormant volcano Amiata to the south. No close-ups of vineyards but it really shows the rolling countryside and soft hillsides.