Campogiovanni: The illustrious Denomination
Those who believe in Sangiovese cannot help but feel an almost fatal attraction for the land of Montalcino, whose Brunello is the standard bearer for pure Sangiovese, its highest expression. San Felice was one of the first wineries to understand the necessity of expanding beyond its historic roots
and "conquering" other great wine-making areas. It was almost a requirement, in the early 1980s, to look towards Montalcino, which was already renowned as the home of Brunello, though it had not yet reached the star status it enjoys today.
In 1984 San Felice purchased Campogiovanni, a beautiful farmhouse and 65 hectares of land in a
fantastic location, on the southwest flank of the hill of Montalcino, looking towards the sea, and "protected" by the medieval walls of Sant'Angelo in Colle. All around the peace of a land far from trafficked roads, a paradise made of cypress-lined lanes and rows of vines, of farm houses and country
villas, of woods and Mediterranean scrub. Located at elevations ranging from 230 and 300 meters above sea level, the Campogiovanni estate enjoys full exposure until the sun sets below the Tyrrhenian
sea, while the same sea produces breezes, sometimes Scirocco and sometimes Maestrale, which keep humidity from accumulating. Thanks to the position of the estate, annual rainfall is limited to about 550 mm, concentrated primarily in the months of May, October and November.
Aside from a small section of vineyard set aside for Pugnitello, the estate's 20 hectares are planted entirely to Sangiovese, with 14 dedicated to Brunello and 6 to Rosso. Some vines were already
present when the property was purchased, but many more were planted during the 1980s, while the last three hectares were planted in 2003, at a very high density, more than 8,500 vines per hectare.