Erik Banti

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Scansano, Toscana

Erik Banti bottled his first Morellino in 1981, long before the Maremma became a wine destination. In fact Erik contributed greatly to the area’s recognition, as he helped pioneer quality wine production. By 1994 he had moved into a new winery in Scansano, and by 1998 he had started to replant vineyards and extend the cellars. He introduced short pruning, increased vine density (4200-5000 vines per hectare), and dry farming (no irrigation). The estate now covers 54 acres, planted with Sangiovese (70%), other local grapes such as Ciliegiolo and Alicante (18%), and French varieties such as Merlot and Syrah (12%). All the vineyards are in the Morellino di Scansano appellation. Erik also buys grapes from his neighbours, allowing him to produce up to 28,000 cases. 50% in Morellino di Scansano DOCG and 50% in Toscan IGT.   read more

Erik’s Morellino di Scansano was the first to be awarded Tre Bicchieri in Gambero Rosso, and has since been recognized by every major wine publication. In a tasting of 50 wines under $20 by the Boston Globe, his Carato IGT was ranked #1 by all four experts.