Only 2 km from Montalcino, at an altitude of 375 meters, we find the beautifully situated Casa Raia. The majority of the domain, which counts only 4.5 hectares, was planted in the late 1970s by Ludmilla Temertey, who handed over the baton to her daughter Kalyna and her husband Pierre Jean Monnoyer in 2006.
Pierre Jean's motto is "il vino viene fatto in vigna" which roughly translated means that the vine determines how the wine becomes. The goal at Casa Raia is therefore to preserve the biodiversity and natural balance of the vineyards. The vineyards are dotted with a variety of organic plants and flowers that provide natural nutrients to the soil. The entire estate is therefore organically certified.
However, this does not go far enough for Pierre Jean. Thus the vines here are pruned according to the cycles of the moon and work continuously for fourteen days while the moon is on its downward path. All grapes are still cultivated and picked here by hand. Even the used French oak Allier barrels and the corks from Bourrassé meet their strict standard for sustainability. The result is therefore astonishingly good. These are beautiful, authentic, elegant Brunellos and IGTs of a very high level. The style of the wines is more elegant and slightly less 'bombastic' with a nice freshness. This is perhaps or perhaps probably because of Pierre Jean Monnoyer's French nationality and the knowledge he has acquired in Bordeaux. A Frenchman in Montepulciano.