Franco Biondi Santi carried on the legacy of his family with great passion from his famous Il Greppo estate. In the 1800s when sweet whites were the specialty of the region Franco’s great-great grandfather began making the first dry reds with Sangiovese. It was not until two generations later that Franco’s grandfather was credited with “creating” Brunello di Montalcino as we now know it. It is said that Brunello di Montalcino was invented by his grandfather, perfected by his father and defended by Franco. Read the articles below to further illuminate the life of this Italian icon.