Montalcino - Toscana
Francesco Mulinari started L’Aietta in 2001 while still in high school. His family owned a piece of land where he’d go for picnics that had some olive trees and grape vines. Soon he discovered that the vines were registered at the consortium under the name Brunello and his idea for a winery began to take shape. Francesco planted more vines in 2004 amongst the sandy soil terraces with century old walls. All the vines at this site are head trained. Four years ago he purchased another vineyard at the Southern edge of Montalcino where the grapes for his Rosso grow.
The site of L’Aietta was purchased by Francesco’s father, not as a vineyard, but as a place for the family to picnic and the children to play. It sits at an elevation of almost 2,000 ft and was used as grazing lands for sheep. It was only when Francesco came of age that he discovered the hidden treasure on this property: Brunello vines. The cellar at L’Aietta is very small, the smallest in Montalcino. There isn’t much in the way of equipment or technology, just some tanks and barrels. The secret is just having beautiful fruit and passion. Francesco doesn't make wine for money, he makes it because he loves it. All the winemaking and farming is done by Francesco by himself.