Avignonesi is located in the Montepulciano region of southern Tuscany, Italy. It was created in 1974 and is named after the original founders of the estate, the Avignonesi family. Acquired by Virginie Saverys (born in Belgium) in 2009, ithas grown in size and at the same time has become a leader in biodynamic viticulture in Italy. To date, the estate has grown to 170 hectares of vineyards including the purchase of a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in the Montepulciano appellation. Avignonesi has nine vineyards: eight in Montepulciano and one in the small commune of Cortona, which is a little way to the northeast of Montepulciano. The rolling hills and diverse soil types in the various vineyards means that the winemaker Matteo Giustiniani has a wide range of grapes to choose from when making the wines. Avignonesi is recognised for its innovative research, experimentation and quality of the wines, including the prestigious Vin Santo. The estate also makes an olive oil and a Grappa.