Family-owned, the Montemaggio Estate is located in Radda in Chianti in the heart of Chianti Classico region. It is situated where once a 14th-century tower stood above the old Roman road between Siena and Florence in Italy.
Montemaggio also is featured on a map, dating back to 1560, of the “Captains of the Guelph Party” that is housed in the Podesteria di Radda (City Hall). The name Montemaggio derives from “Monte Maggiore” (Big Mountain), which indicates its elevated position.
The estate, which is a member of the Consortium of Chianti Classico, extends over an area of 70 hectares (about 190 acres) of vineyards, olive groves and woods; it is situated at a high altitude of 450 to 600 meters above the sea level. The vineyards, which is comprised of 8 hectares (20 acres) has a central position in the estate with an exposure to southwest of remarkable importance. The soil is rich on galestro, sandstone, and alberese. The main grape varieties in our vineyards are Sangiovese, with small additions of Merlot, Pugnitello, Chardonnay, Malvasia Nera, and Ciliegiolo.
The particular position of the estate combined with the micro-climate, makes it possible for Montemaggio to offer a wide variety of products. These products are the following: Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Torre di Montemaggio IGT, Quinta Essentia di Montemaggio IGT, Ilaia di Montemaggio IGT, Rosé di Montemaggio IGT, Chardonnay di Montemaggio IGT, la Grappa e l’ Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Montemaggio follows the concept of a very high quality “Terroir” wine. We have a chance to look at the quality of wine in every bottle and make sure that customer gets a very special product. The wines have been planted with a very high density per hectare (6250 plants/hectare in some vineyards). We then produce a lower quantity of grapes per hectare (35-60 Ql/hectare, depending on the vintage), by regulating it through pruning and selection techniques.
The most used vine training systems are cordone speronato (spurred cordon), alberello (head-trained bush vine), and guyot.
These characteristics, in addition to the exposure (south – south west), the slopes, the micro-climate, the soil and the hard and accurate work done, guarantee the production of excellent and authentic Tuscan wines. See the latest photos of our vineyards here.
During the harvest, every bunch undergoes considerable selection in the vineyard and later again in the vinery. Harvest is carried out manually, and only when the grapes are perfectly ripe. Therefore, it could be said that Fattoria di Montemaggio’s wines are 100% hand-made, and they preserve all the quality of the elements that are a part of the land where they have been cultivated.
Furthermore, Montemaggio is a certified organic estate since 2009, which means we produce pure organic wine. We practice organic agriculture and thus cultivation is carried out with the maximum respect for the nature, without introducing any foreign or chemical element that can damage the environment.
TOTAL IMMERSION WINE TOUR WITH BLIND TASTING – 2h e 15min – € 44,90
This wine tour activity takes guests for a walk in the vineyards and gardens (both vegetable and other), cellar, and tasting room all the while explaining the details of our organic agriculture. Guests will truly learn the details of growing grapevines organically and making and tasting wine. The tasting will include a sampling of all our products, a mini “degustation” course, with various delicious snacks, followed by a blind tasting in black customized glasses. Guests will taste and compare new and old vintages, taste corked or oxidized wine, and learn the difference by sharpening their sense of smell and taste. Often our perception is guided by what we see. When sight is eliminated, we realize the world turns upside down in a way we never comprehended. This is a fun wine tasting experience that will challenge your previous perceptions and likely add something new to your wine world, whether you are a complete novice or experienced wine connoisseur! This is our most popular wine tour offering!
FULL IMMERSION WINE TOUR WITH MINI TASTING COURSE – 2h – € 26,50
This wine tour option features a visit to the vineyards with a guided walk-through of the working process of organic agriculture, walk through the gardens of the villa and visit to the vegetable garden. Further on, we do the visit of the cellar with explanation of the wine making process and then the tasting of 8 of our own organic products (Chianti Classico Montemaggio, Chianti Classico Riserva di Montemaggio, Igt Torre di Montemaggio, IGT Quinta Essentia, IGT Rosé di Montemaggio, IGT Chardonnay di Montemaggio, Cuveé Brut Cielo di Montemaggio and Grappa). Accompanying the wine tasting, we offer a degustation with a selection of different local cheeses and cured meats with bread and our very own extra virgin olive oil. The entire tour will also include a mini-tasting course to learn how to properly open, serve and taste wines like a pro!
CLASSIC WINE TOUR – 1h e 15min – € 21,99
Visit of the vineyards with an explanation of the working process and of organic agriculture, walk through the cellar and than tasting of five products (choice of two products among three fresh wines: IGT Rosé di Montemaggio IGT, IGT Chardonnay di Montemaggio, Cuveé Brut Cielo di Montemaggio, than three red wines Chianti Classico Montemaggio, Chianti Classico Riserva di Montemaggio, Igt Torre di Montemaggio Super Tuscan). The tasting will be accompanied by the selection of local cheeses or cured meats with bread and olive oil of our own production. This is an opportunity to be able to taste most of our products and have an idea about how we follow organic agriculture and make our authentic wine!
MINI WINE TOUR – 40min – € 17,99
View of the estate from the roof of the cellar, small visit to the vineyard and a short explanation of the organic agriculture followed by the tasting of 3 products: choice of two products among 3 fresh wines: IGT Rosé di Montemaggio, IGT Chardonnay di Montemaggio, Cuveé Brut Cielo di Montemaggio, then a red wine Chianti Classico di Montemaggio. The tour includes the tasting of the olive oil of our own production. This tour would still give you a possibility to visit Fattoria di Montemaggio and sample some of our products but at a much faster pace if you do not have so much time available!
Località Montemaggio – Radda in Chianti, SI
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