The Uccelliera property dates back to
the Middle Ages but its current owner, Andrea Cortonesi, purchased
this tiny but beautiful 6 hectare estate in 1987 and has quietly
established Uccelliera as one of the top producers of Brunello di
A farmer to his fingertips, Andrea, though not certified,
cultivates the land organically as he believes this allows his
magical vineyards to express themselves fully.
The estate comprises vineyards with various exposures and soils
centred in Castelnuovo del Abate on the south-east side of
The wines are fermented in steel then aged in a mixture of large
oak cask and smaller barriques (36 months for the Brunello)
followed by several months finishing in bottle.
These are distinctive, honest wines with real personality from
an estate that, in the last 5-10 years, has become one of the
region's very best. 96+ point scores from Wine Spectator mean that
demand for the wines always outstrips supply but it is well worth
trying to track a case down.