Casanova di Neri
Casanova di Neri is a family-owned winery in Tuscany that was founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri, a 48-year-old grain merchant from the town of Montevarchi in the Arno valley south of Florence. Passionate about wine, Neri had long dreamed of making a great Italian red, and although the long-established wine zone of Chianti Classico was just on his doorstep, it was remote Montalcino and its austere Sangiovese wines that fascinated him.
One rural property on the market had caught Neri’s attention during his frequent forays to Montalcino: Podere Casanova, a working farm of around 200 hectares on the eastern side of town. Wine represented only a small part of the farm’s production at the time, and what was made was sold in bulk, but Neri recognized that thanks to its altitude, aspect and soil composition, the place had the potential to make great Brunellos. In May 1971, he bought Podere Casanova, changed its name to Casanova di Neri, and in consultation with some of Tuscany’s leading winemakers, immediately began work to restore the estate’s existing Sangiovese vines and plant new ones.
In 1991, the property was passed down to his son, Giacomo Neri. Giacomo Neri has taken excellence another step further, extending the vineyards, now 63 hectares, and buying up some remarkable single vineyards too. This winemaker renowned for his remarkable Brunellos, two of which have scored a perfect 100 points.