Located in the southwest subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation, the Pieve Santa Restituta estate was acquired by the Gaja family in 1994. The “white,” rocky soils of this area were abandoned by the share-cropper mezzadri farmers long ago: while other crops struggled in the rugged, nutrient-poor terrain of this area, it has proven ideal for the cultivation of grapes destined to become fine wine.
The historic estate covers 16 hectares and produces a classic, blended Brunello di Montalcino and two vineyard-designated wines, Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille and Brunello di Montalcino Rennina.
In 2005, the family also completed the installation of its state-of-the-art winemaking facility (above). Until that time, the winery had produced only its vineyard-designated wines, Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille and Brunello di Montalcino Rennina.
The cellar lies below the ground and covers 4,000 square meters. It incorporated the existing cellar and was conceived so as to impact the environment as little as possible. In fact, the visitors are not even aware of its presence until they are led through a small door and passage that serves as entrance.
No wines were produced in 2002 (due to heavy rainfall) nor in 2003 (due to excessive summer temperatures). In 2004, considered an excellent harvest for the southwest growing zone where Pieve Santa Resituta is located, the winery produced both of its vineyard-designated wines, Brunello di Montalcino Rennina and Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille.
With the 2005 vintage, the Gaja family decided to produce its first “blended” Brunello di Montalcino, made from fruit grown in its top growing sites Sugarille and Rennina (Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri) and fruit sourced from the 10-hectare parcel located in Torrenieri, in the northeastern subzone of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation.