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    Ornella Tondini and Lionello Cousin
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  • Vineyard Area: 7 ha
  • Soil Type: Sandy clay with cobble stones
  • Varieties Cultivated: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Annual Production: 13,000 bottles
  • Country: Italy
  • Winemaker: Lionello Cousin


Cupano sits on a rolling plain at the far edges of Montalcino, south of Siena on a stony hill above the Ombrone River. Under the guidance of several winemaking masters, Ornella Tondini and Lionel Cousin, came together to produce wines that embody the memory, the landscape, the season, and the story of their enchantment with this special estate. Henri Jayer instilled many of his beliefs including not using chemical fertilizers or pesticides, limiting yields, strict selection on the sorting table with removal of any unripe or moldy grapes, autochthonous yeasts, and malolactic on the lees in new French barriques.
Carlo Ferrini selected the land for the vines and the vine-stocks, the growth system and the height of the vines. François Bouchet initiated biodynamy and only when Giulio Gambelli, glass in hand, gave the thumbs up, were the wines bottled. Their beautiful, terroir-driven wines – Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino and their Bordeaux-style blend, Ombrone Sant’Antimo – embody the wisdom of that decision in their purity, complexity and specificity of place.