Tuscany (Montepulciano)


In 1964, Dei, Maria Caterina’s grandfather, bought the first vineyard on the estate, the beautifully positioned Bossona vineyard.  This vineyard is gorgeous for its perfectly southwestern exposition to the sun and well drained soil.  Her grandfather planted the estates first vines here, which today produce the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Bossona Riserva.

In 1973, Alibrando Dei bought Martiena, another piece of land of 20ha surrounding the estate’s marvelous villa built in the late 19th century, and restored during the 1930s by famous Italian architect Piacentini.  The Villa is a few minutes outside of the historic town  of Montepulciano, surrounded by a lush, green park planted to magnolias and old cypress trees.

For the first twenty years, Alibrando sold his grapes to local wineries.  In the 1980s, the family decided to try vinifying their own wine, in hopes of becoming wine  producers themselves.  In 1985, they rented an ancient wine cellar in Montepulciano, and without any technical assistance, bottled their first Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.  In 1989, Galileo Dei, Maria Caterina’s father, started to build what is today’s wine cellar, a modestly sized, but practical and functional wine cellar located at the end of the villa’s driveway, surrounded by the vineyards. Today, the family has embarked on a large project to build a new winery, where the cellars will be deep underground, with tasting room and gallery-like windows on the main floor, overlooking an open and expansive outdoor amphitheatre.  

In 1991, Maria Caterina quit her career of singer and actress to dedicate her time to her family’s estate and vineyards.  She is now the face and brand ambassador of Azienda Dei, and has also recently released a full length album featuring cover songs of varying styles.

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