Coste del Vivo is the personal project of winemaker Toby Owen. 20 years ago Toby was manager of a wine shop in Scotland, dreaming of one day being able to make wine like the best of those he sold. In 2009 a chance meeting led to experience working with Brunello producer San Polino in Montalcino. Later, in 2012 he returned to Montalcino as winemaking assistant at Casa Raia. By the following vintage he was winemaker for micro-producer Hortulanus in the beautiful vineyards of Seggiano on Monte Amiata. Over the next few years Toby found that a number of local vineyards were in danger of being abandoned and convinced the owners to allow him to take them over in exchange for a few bottles of wine, and finally, in 2018 he assumed control of the Hortulanus vineyards, his dream became real and the hard work got harder...
Toby's first wine, logically named "Rosso No.1", was launched in 2018 with further wines to follow during 2020.
Apart from occasionally buying grapes from neighbours and friends, production is drawn from a total of just 2,5 hectares of vineyard spread over 5 seperate plots, some dating back to the 1970’s. All of the vineyards are set in the narrow Vivo valley and lie mainly in the municipality of Seggiano, a village well known for the quality of its olive oil. Additionally and according to one or two of the very oldest of local old-timers, the wine was once regarded as something special even in neighbouring Montalcino.
Rosso No.1 is made from a Sangiovese-led blend of 2015, 2016 and 2018 wines, it's the third edition of Toby's Rosso No 1 and continues in the same vein of the previous two stunners, combining complexity, structure and drinkability in a wine which sings 'TUSCANNNYYYYYY!' in a great Pavarottian vibrato. By blending across 2 or 3 vintages, and multiple vineyards and grape varieties, each release of Rosso №1 is optimized for balance, harmony and drinkability.
Packed with sourcherries, red plums and aromatic mediterranean herbs, this strikes with a fine, ripe, but still structured Tuscan tannin. A journey to Tuscany with every sip. Drink within the next 3-5 years.