Born in 1922, Dr. Franco Biondi-Santi hails from generations of prominent Tuscan wine makers. His grandfather, Ferruccio Biondi-Santi, was recognized in 1932 for giving birth to what is now celebrated worldwide as Brunello di Montalcino. Referred to as ‘a gentleman of the old school', Franco Biondi-Santi has often been criticized for being too much of a traditionalist. He continues to make wine as his grandfather did and remains faithful to Brunello's original recipe: pure Sangiovese, no additives or additions, slow refinement, no chemicals or weed killers and no barrique. Voted one of the best in world, his Brunello was described by wine expert Camillo Langone as a goblet of ‘nostalgia', both ‘stoic and philosophical'. The Florentine's Brenda Dionisi had a chance to speak to him about his Brunello and his family's legacy.