La Serena is a Tuscan estate set on the eastern edge of the Montalcino winemaking region. The estate devotes the entirety of its 9 hectares (22 acres) of vineyard to the Sangiovese grape variety, from which it produces a select range of red wines: Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva.
The La Serena estate has belonged to the Mantengoli family since 1933, but it wasn't until 1988 that it released its first bottles of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wine, under the management of Andrea and Marcello Mantengoli. Today, the responsibility of the estate falls to Andrea, his wife Elisabetta and their son Giorgio who oversee a total production of 30,000 bottles per year.
The vineyards are farmed organically and sit atop a combination of clay and limestone soils. Harvest is carried out by hand and the wine later aged in oak casks for at least two years. Vinification takes place in the eco-friendly cellar designed by Marcello Mantengoli. The building is insulated with cork panels and is also fitted with a geothermal system that can carefully regulate the temperature of the cellar.
La Serena sources the grapes for its Rosso di Montalcino from young vines planted in lower, more humid parcels. The Sangiovese vines cultivated on the estate's more elevated, poorer soils go towards the production of the La Serena Brunello di Montalcino wine. The Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is produced from only the highest quality grapes harvested from some of the estate's most established Sangiovese vines.