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Exclusive: Falesco's Cotarella Family Buys Le Macioche in Montalcino

One of Italy's most successful winemaking families adds Brunello di Montalcino to its portfolio
Photo by: Courtesy of Cotarella Family
Le Macioche's Brunello vineyards sit at 1,400 feet elevation.

Bruce Sanderson
Posted: September 25, 2017

The Cotarella family, owners of the Falesco winery in Umbria, will soon be making Brunello di Montalcino. The family has purchased Le Macioche in Montalcino for $4.78 million, Wine Spectator has learned. The 17-acre property includes 7.4 acres of Brunello di Montalcino, 1.2 acres of vines classified for IGT wines, and an additional 5 acres suitable for planting.

The Cotarellas are one of Italy's better-known wine families. Falesco was founded by brothers Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella in 1979. Riccardo is one of Italy's most famous consulting enologists. Renzo is longtime CEO and chief winemaker for Antinori. In recent years, Riccardo's daughters, Dominga and Marta, and Renzo's daughter, Enrica, have joined the family business.

“It has been almost one year that we wanted to have a estate in a unique place,” Dominga told Wine Spectator. “The estate really presents nice potential because we are at 1,400 feet and most of the vineyards have southwest and southeast aspects.”

The deal also includes the existing inventory, including the Brunello di Montalcino 2013 that will be released in the United States in 2018.

Bought in 1985 by Matilde Zecca and Achille Mazzocchi, Le Macioche last changed hands in 2014 when it was sold to three entrepreneurs from Verona: Massimo Bronzato, Stefano Brunetto and Riccardo Caliari.

Dominga's husband, Pier Paolo Chiasso, will now make the wines. Riccardo and Renzo will provide support.

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