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Giuseppe Maria Sesti (Giugi) is a true Renaissance man. He grew up in Venice where he studied art at the Academia. Fascinated by astronomy, he also studied Lunisolar Calendar Systems and the way these have been used from primordial time to the present day. He published four books on this subject before moving to further research on ancient culture and mythology of the constellations. In 1975 he moved his family to Montalcino to find a quiet place to write and explore another of his passions, opera. Giugi also bought the deserted hamlet of Castello di Argiano on a hilltop south of Montalcino and set about restoring it to its former glory.
He quickly realized that his accumulated knowledge of ancient astronomy and classical culture had practical relevance to agriculture and winemaking. One of his ideas was to re-evaluate the moon's influence on wine and vines. Consequently, he developed a philosophy that marries vineyard interventions with phases of the moon. Likewise, many of his winemaking processes follow the cycles of the moon. This may sound pretty unorthodox, but the results speak for themselves.
And in 1991 when Giugi decided to plant his own vineyards his reputation was enhanced further. So much so that in less than two decades he has forged one of the highest reputations in the region and produces some of the most classically styled Brunellos. Wines deserved of special mention include the Monteleccio, the Bordeaux inspired Castello Sesti and the wonderful flagship wine 'Phenomena'. It's little wonder that his wines are amongst the most collectable in Italy.
We were fortunate enough to visit the Sesti family at their hilltop home in 2010. Their passion and enthusiasm for the region and the wines is remarkable. As is their deep-rooted understanding of wine and its place in European culture. These are amongst the most natural and intellectual wines on the planet.