he estate is situated on the north side of Montalcino and extends for 400 hectares, of which thirteen are cultivated as vineyards.
In the centre stands the castle, originally built in the thirteenth century by the Altesi family and completed in 1441 by the Tricerchi family. It served as a fortress for pilgrims marching to Rome on the Francigena road. Many of its decorative and structural features have been attributed to Baldassare Peruzzi.
In the sixteenth century the castle was occupied for a time by the Spanish who made it their own stronghold.
Until it went back into the hands of the Tricerchi’s when it once again became a fortress for pilgrims on their way to the Vatican.
It was during the sixteenth century that the chapel, originally located within the fortified walls (as demonstrated by the presence of the belfry), was relocated to the path to the front of the castle and dedicated to the Virgin of the Veil. A fragment of the Veil, certified by a Papal Bull, is still in the church.
In 1982 the Altesi castle was declared as an artistic and historical heritage site.
Wine and Heritage at Castello Tricerchi, Montalcino
The Castello Tricerchi wine Estate is situated on the northern side of Montalcino hill town. It extends for 400 hectares, 13 of which being covered with Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino vineyards.
In the centre of the Estate stands the Castle, built in the 13th century by the Altesi family; in 1441 it was completed by the Tricerchi family, and today winery and home of their direct descendants, the Squarcia family.
The vinification and aging cellar are where in the 15th century the Tricerchi family considered it to be the best place. Everything in this part of the castle is as it was 600 years ago and traditional methods have been conserved, even with the inevitable help of technology.
Our work has driven by passion, valorizing the terroir in respect of our traditions. Necessary factors to produce a noble wine, like Brunello di Montalcino.
Pursuant to the Ministerial Decree of 1982, the Tricerchi Castle was declared an artistic and historical heritage of Italy.