Val d'Orcia, Pienza

Daou Family Estates expand in the Val d’Orcia region of southern Tuscany

According to reports, the Daou Brothers, a Californian winemaking duo who founded the Daou Family Estates in Paso Robles, have purchased a 70-hectare (173-acre) estate in Val d’Orcia in Southern Tuscany.

The brothers plan to produce an IGT Toscana wine using Bordeaux varieties and employ biodynamic, organic, and dry-farming techniques as well as a dense planting strategy, similar to their Paso Robles estate.

The property Val d’Orcia, which includes 20 hectares (49 acres) of vineyards, sits between two hills, Monte Cetona, and Monte Amiata, at an elevation of around 1,150 feet.

The duo intends to build their winery on the estate and restore the existing farmhouse for events and tastings, drawn to the similarities between the property and their Californian vineyards situated on a hilltop in the Adelaida District, as stated by winemaker Daniel Daou in an interview with Decanter.

As a family, we’ve developed our own technique and our own way. We want to take all our knowledge from the last 19 years, incorporate that in our project in Tuscany. To show that our family can excel not just in Paso but beyond“. Daniel Daou said to Decanter.

The operation of the Daou Brothers is another confirmation of how the Tuscan territory attracts many entrepreneurs from all over the world, mainly interested in the world of wine but not only. For example, many celebrities have decided in recent years to buy homes in Tuscany, which has always been considered one of the most beautiful territories in the world.

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