Topping up & Recorking
Topping Up & Recorking
For almost a century at the Fattoria dei Barbi in Montalcino (SI) we have filled and replaced the corks of our bottles of Brunello and Brunello Riserva dei Barbi – kept in our Cellars where there is a complete collection from 1892 to today – and, free of charge, also the bottles of our customers.
Topping up is a necessary operation to extend the life of Brunello and allow it to properly age. With the passage of time, the level of wine in the bottle diminishes; the cork loses elasticity and cohesion, and does not adhere perfectly to the glass; it is therefore necessary to fill the wine back to the right level and change the cork.
Click here to download Topping Up & Recorking Regulations for the year 2020 | Fattoria dei Barbi [.pdf]
The Topping Up Ceremony is such an exclusive and special process that we have decided to make this event a celebration and to share the day with all our friends who want to participate: it is possible to bring your Brunello bottles – as long as they are over twenty years old – to be topped up by leaving them in the cellar and then being notified when they are ready or simply watching the topping up done in public in the afternoon by our cellarmaster, showing all the necessary steps: after the visual, olfactory and gustatory examination, the topping up takes place with wine preserved in optimal condition in our cellars and finally the new recorking, with brand new Barbi corks and the subsequent placing of the new capsule on the bottle. Finally, the old cork is tied to the neck of the bottle with a red thread. Topping up is done only for bottles older than twenty years in age which have been properly stored, not those bottles which are defective due to improper storage. Bottles deemed unsuitable will be returned to their owners without being topped up.
In 2020, Topping Up & Recorking event takes place on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 November 2020.