Podere Giodo

Podere Giodo

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Famed enologist Carlo Ferrini’s small private vineyard may produce Montalcino’s best-kept secret

Famed enologist Carlo Ferrini's small private vineyard may produce Montalcino's best-kept secret.

Carlo Ferrini is one of Tuscany's great winemakers. But you have probably not heard of his tiny Montalcino estate, Podere Giodo.

From Giodo's first vintage in 2009, Ferrini's harvest formula has been simple. In August, he green harvests, dropping about 40 percent of his crop. In September, the first selection of the best grapes goes into his Brunello di Montalcino. About a week later, a second pass in the vineyards goes to his IGT wine, made like a Rosso di Montalcino. In poor vintages, such as the rainy 2014, he skips the Brunello.

Ferrini makes his wine in a corner of the cellars of one of his clients—artist Sandro Chia, who owns Castello Romitorio.

Ferrini remains a man in motion, constantly traveling around Italy to work with his 30-plus clients. But, he says of Giodo, “My dream is to stay here.”

For now, the house is a stone husk. There is no electricity or running water, but this summer Ferrini hired a crew to drill a well. He has cleared land for a tiny winery, designed to harmonize with the natural surroundings, to be completed for the 2019 harvest. He hopes his daughter, Bianca, a 25-year-old student in advanced economics, will join him making wine there.