The estate with regards to wine production dates back to 1953 when Bramante Abbruzzese was offered the opportunity to return to the property in Montalcino where his ancestors were sharecroppers centuries before. From that time, Abbruzzese started the family vision to cultivate Sangiovese Grosso and to eventually bottle under the family name. In 1967 Bramante founded the Consorzio di Brunello. Today there are over 200 members of the Consorzio and it is the only DOCG Consorzio in which every grower and producer of that wine are members.
The Valdicava property lies on a high plane close to Montalcino. Wines from this area have as their signature characteristics a great balance between body and perfume. Valdicava is the actual name of the valley in which the greatest single-vineyard wines of Brunello are produced. In the middle of this valley sits the grand Madonna del Piano vineyard along with the Valdicava estate. Montosoli, La Casa, and Vigna del Lago are a few of the other great wines produce in the valley.
Bramante bottled his wines under the Valdicava label beginning in 1977. Previous to this the wines were bottled under a blanket Consorzio label with the family name on the bottles. In 1987, grandson of Bramante, Vincenzo Abbruzzese began to work in the vineyards and the cellar and has since transformed Valdicava into one of the most collectible and sought-after Brunello di Montalcino in existence today.
The power of Valdicava is derived from a balanced approach to working in the vineyards. The initial vintages (77-85) produced wines of great intensity that needed many years in the cellar to approach drinkablity. With the vintages of 1990 through 1998 the wines entered a second era that afforded a balanced wine while retaining the traditional Brunello characteristics with the ability to age, and drinkability in the short term as well. With 1999 the wines entered a third transformation. These wines found the balance of the previous vintages combined with the traditional Brunello characteristics along with a unique power and fruit aroma. Vincenzo believes this transformation is due to the long work in the vineyards over the past 25 years. In 1999 the vines produced very little fruit without having to do green harvests which cause trauma to the vines. This harmony in the vineyards has allowed these wines to reach a new potential.
All Valdicava grapes are organically grown and no chemical pesticides or fertilizers are used in the vineyards. Total production of the estate is just 6,000 cases.
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