Il Palazzone Srl S.A - Italy

Winery of the Year 2018 - Central Italy Despite its name, Il Palazzone (the big palace) is in actuality, a small boutique winery, situated at the top of a hillside that is just outside the town center of Montalcino. Il Palazzone produces an average of 20,000 bottles of wine annually as well as 1,000 bottles of estate grown Olive Oil, approximately one bottle made per olive tree.  They have vineyards in 3 distinct areas of Montalcino, all producing the noble grape varietal that Tuscany is known for, Sangiovese.  Their most famous wine is Brunello di Montalcino, which must be aged for a minimum of 5 years before release and what keeps visitors returning to Montalcino.