Hailing from a family of sharecroppers from Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Andrea Cortonesi worked for numerous producers, most notably Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona, until he acquired the Uccelliera farm in 1986 to strike out on his own. In fact, the Uccelliera estate was once part of the Ciacci estate until Andrea’s acquisition. Credited with production of the famed 1988 and 1990 vintages of Ciacci that propelled it into the global limelight, Andrea can count himself as one of Monica Larner’s favourite Brunello producers.
“If anyone embodies the amazing growth of Brunello di Montalcino that person is Andrea.”
Monica Larner (Wine Advocate)