Tenuta del Buonamico: Dynamic changes in Montecarlo winemaking
Tenuta del Buonamico is situated on the south-west side of Montecarlo village (Lucca province) in the heart of the historical cru area of Cercatoja, giving name to the winery’s red reserve wine. The farm was established in 1964 by famous restaurateurs from Turin, who immediately began producing quality wines.
To improve the production of his own wines, Giulio Magnani, a passionate winemaker from Montecarlo went to France for studying the tendrils and the techniques of winemaking used by French people, who had been already produced esteemed wine known beyond their country. He brought from France the vines of typical Bordeaux grapes, as well as passing through the Côtes-du-Rhône he took Roussane and Syrah with white and grey Pinot from Burgundy.
Ever since, the Montecarlo estates began producing convincing wines, appreciated at different levels, becoming a good friend (buon amico also means in Italian “good friend”) of wine lovers around the world. Today winery has a wide range of great wines starting with traditionally good Montecarlo whites, avant-garde Rosé and finishing with pleasant reds, as well as well structured varietal Syrah wine - Il Fortino.
In 2008, the Buonamico estate was bought by the present owners, who within one year have made considerable investment in restoring the cellars with an aim of improving the quality of the wines produced. New owner Eugenio Fontana pays special attention to new vines: with 6 new hectares being already implanted, and with old tendrils to be replaced soon with new plants.
Buonamico estate is a great example of synthesis of old traditions with modern dynamic changes in today’s wine industry. New oenologist of the estate is well-known specialist Alberto Antonini. Agronomy consultant is Stefano Dini.