Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Montalcino, Tuscany
People: Illy Family, Owners | Andrea Machetti, Oenologist & CEO | Maurizio Castelli, Winemaker


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The wine estate Mastrojanni lies in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, in the south easternmost corner of Montalcino, in the Province of Siena. This is an area with a strong winemaking tradition and the homeland of Brunello. The inactive Mount Amiata lends great character to the Sangivese growing in this estate, as the soils are rich in gravel, clay, limestone and sandstone. The estate stretches over 90 hectares, 25 of which for vines, 14 for Brunello, with vineyards often over 35 years old. The height varies from 150 meters to 420 meters above sea level. The area enjoys exposure to all cardinal points, with more or less steep slopes. The average density is of 5,300 vines per hectare yielding below 5 tons per hectare.

Mastrojanni has been writing history with its wines since 1975, collecting awards from all over the world. Today, thanks to an exceptional terroir and men who have believed in it for decades, Mastrojanni has become one of the most respected Montalcino producers. They believe in what the vineyard can yield, so quantities vary vintage to vintage. If the vintage is poor, Mastrojanni has been known not to produce its Brunello, like in the years 1992 and 2002.

History of Mastrojanni: Andrea Machetti was born 50 years ago and has always lived in Montalcino. He never forgot his rural origins and at the beginning of the '80s, he first started his studies in agriculture. He first joined the Montadison Chemical Company and in 1983 he was asked to join the staff developing the new enological techniques in the new cellar at Villa Banfi. During this time he met Maurizio Castelli, a famous enologist who was the technical manager at Castiglion del Bosco – a 1200 hectares extended farm- who wanted Andrea Machetti by his side during the take over from Prenatal Company to Taliani family as vice technician and account manager to build the farm up as a winery.

The partnership between Andrea Machetti and Maurizio Castelli was a success and Castelli, who in the mean time became consultant enologist for many wineries in Montalcino. He spoke about Machetti to the Mastrojanni family as the only man capable of managing the great skills of the winery cooperating with one of the sons in the production and sales of wines. So in June 1992 he started this new adventure having the chance to apply all his knowledge and skills with all the love and passion for his territory. His philosophy perfectly fit in with the lawyer Gabriele (founder of the winery) one: "tradition first", wine comes first from the vineyard and only the maturing happens in the cellar. This is the reason why the Mastrojanni family has left him in charge to manage the vineyards, the cellar and his assistants. Often happened that the wine press would criticize him for his traditional wines but he stuck to his way without being involved with new enological trends, proud of the results recognized by the same press which criticized him.

His greatest goal has been not to introduce barriques into the cellar because he has always stated that Sangiovese has to maintain both its proper features and the ones given by the soil totally integral aging in great capacity botti. In the following years many events such as the death of the founders, the inheritance of the winery (which had in the meantime become a national and international brand) to their sons lead Andrea Machetti to manage the new Mastrojanni winery with the same old love and passion.

During these years a new neighbor arrived. Francesco Illy, always a lover of Mastrojanni wines, bought the nearby farm and started wine production. A great friendship was born. That is the reason why at the moment when first troubles started between the Mastrojanni brothers, Andrea Machetti asked Franceso Illy to acquire this small pearl. Francesco Illy became the spokesman of this proposal to his family who did not let this chance pass by acquiring through the Illy Group in September 2008, naming Andrea Machetti as CEO.

Wine Advocate 1/31/2019
"Mastrojanni General Manager Andrea Machetti has completed a series of significant investments that were put into practice with the 2018 harvest. Readers will remember that this historic estate is owned by the Gruppo Illy coffee family. This winery now has 31 new cement vats in the fermentation area. The older stainless steel vats are being removed. A traditional basket press has been re-installed and the winery has been rejiggered to make more efficient use of the natural gravity flow. Thanks to smaller parcel acquisitions, the estate now counts a total of 40 hectares of vines. They have dedicated a small area to Ciliegiolo vines, thus bringing back an important, albeit often forgotten, Tuscan variety. The team also replanted the 2.5-hectare Vigna Palazzetto cru dedicated to Mastrojanni's Rosso di Montalcino."

Gambero Rosso 2012
"A great deal of work is going on at Mastrojanni. The new estate is investing in the cellar above all, both in technology and in medium-sized wooden casks. Andrea Machetti applies his usual enthusiasm to running this traditional old winery whose greatest virtues are its quality and the position of its vineyards, now completely renewed. The wines display the typical south-western Montalcino style with lovely rich extract and rather austere tannins in the early years."

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  • Mastrojanni 2018 Ciliegiolo, Toscana Rosso IGT
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (12/15/2021)

    A fruity version, offering cherry and berry flavors accented by Tuscan scrub. This red has an effortless feel, backed by a line of firm tannins, with fine length. Drink now through 2024.
  • Mastrojanni 2018 Ciliegiolo, Toscana Rosso IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88+ (10/15/2020)

    Here's a fun and playful expression of a Tuscan grape that you don't often see fermented on its own as a monovarietal wine. The Mastrojanni 2018 Ciliegiolo is bright and punchy with a fruit-forward bouquet that prioritizes wild cherry, raspberry and pungent red rose. This vintage delivers a 15% alcohol content that drives its momentum and power, although the wine finishes with a lean and simple mouthfeel. I would suggest pairing this versatile wine with a cheese- or cream-heavy dish.
  • Mastrojanni 2017 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Loreto, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (2/17/2022)

    The Mastrojanni 2017 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto is another terrific interpretation of this hot and dry vintage, only in this case the grapes come from a special southeast-facing plot. Vigna Loreto (with 7,500 bottles made) is tannic, sharp and focused but also generous and open-knit. It offers a broad display of black and purple fruits, along with spice, peat moss and crushed flowers. Few producers were able to achieve this level of elegance in 2017.
  • Mastrojanni 2020 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
    Rating: 91 (10/12/2022)

    A darkly alluring mix of crushed ashen stone, balsamic spice and musky red currants wafts up from the 2020 Rosso di Montalcino. It's soft and pure in character, with ripe strawberry and cherry fruits that cascade across a core of bright acidity. This finishes incredibly fresh with a lingering spicy tension and hints of sour citrus.
  • Mastrojanni (1.5 L) 2020 Rosso di Montalcino, Vigna Palazzetto, DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (3/9/2023)

    Here's a new surprise, and a very big one at that. Available in magnum only, the Mastrojanni 2020 Rosso di Montalcino Vigna Palazzetto is symbolic of the winery's efforts to embrace the Rosso category of the appellation that has been overlooked for too long. Not anymore. Mastrojanni is not the only winery to invest in Rosso with new wines and dedicated vineyard sites. This wine has both. It shows dark cherry fruit and dried raspberry with an earthy sensation and grilled herb. Given its large bottle container, we have reason to hope for a positive bottle evolution.
  • Mastrojanni 2018 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (3/9/2023)

    With a red wax seal affixed to the front of the bottle, the Mastrojanni 2018 Brunello di Montalcino shows dark fruit, dried cherry, iris roots, savory spice and crushed stone. The wine presents a classic aromatic profile for Sangiovese from Montalcino. The only distraction is the wine's high 15% alcohol content. Otherwise, the wine is silky and smooth with integrated tannins.
  • Mastrojanni 2020 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (3/9/2023)

    Here's a fresh and fruit-forward Sangiovese to pair with pasta or home-cooked lasagna. The 2020 Rosso di Montalcino has bright cherry aromas with dried raspberry, redcurrant, sweet potting soil and grilled Mediterranean herb. Fruit comes from young vines aged seven to 20 years old. These are sharp and focused results with a silky mouthfeel for carefree drinking with family and friends. It ends a bit thin and short, but the acidity is welcome.
  • Mastrojanni 2018 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
    Rating: 92 (12/15/2022)

    The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino wafts up with a savory and smoky mix of rich cherry sauce, wilted violets and grilled herbs. It's round and almost juicy in character, with a potent wave of ripe red fruits and autumnal spice that leaves a collection of fine tannins in their wake. The 2018 finishes youthfully structured, with nuances of sour citrus and salted licorice that slowly taper off.
  • Mastrojanni 2018 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (6/15/2023)

    This rich, round red is marked by plum and cherry fruit, with grace notes of wild rosemary, juniper and stony mineral. Tightly wound, with an angular, steely finish that lingers nicely, despite the assertive tannins. Shows good energy. Best from 2026 through 2047.

  • Mastrojanni 2018 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Loreto, DOCG
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94 (6/15/2023)

    An elegant red, with an attractive mix of cherry, raspberry, red flower, mineral and rosemary flavors. Juicy and vibrant, with refined, resonant tannins shoring up the long finish. This shows great balance and expression. Best from 2026 through 2045. 600 cases made, 60 imported.
  • Mastrojanni 2018 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Loreto, DOCG
    Rating: 94 (4/10/2023)

    Vigna Loreto intensifies the character of Mastrojanni's estate Brunello, like zooming in on a picture to isolate the focal point. It's flinty and stony on the nose with some cherry compote poking through. Formidably packed, the ripe core is girdled by gravelly tannins - still a bit rigid yet all is in place for a balanced evolution. With an energetic, minerally drive this is true to the 1.5-hectare vineyard's vigorous disposition while demonstrating some of the vintage's restraint.
  • Mastrojanni 2018 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Schiena d'Asino, DOCG
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (11/30/2023)

    Supple and vibrant, this red exhibits cherry, strawberry, rose hip, sanguine and leafy flavors. Balanced overall, ending with light, chalky tannins. Ready to drink, but there's no rush. Best from 2024 through 2038.