Category: Wine

A Brilliant Article About Fattoria di Montemaggio By Sparkling Life

A Brilliant Article About Fattoria di Montemaggio By Sparkling Life

August 12, 2020

We always feel humbled and happy when people appreciate and understand our philosophy and the work that we are carrying out at Fattoria di Montemaggio day by day. Support is of the essence but it is also important to give back. Therefore, we want to thank Irina Mihailenko for her awesome article on her blog Sparkling Life and reshare it with you here upon her permission. Irina, we are thrilled about your article. Read on… The translated version of Irina's article - Fattoria di Montemaggio - in Sparkling Life I visited Fattoria di Montemaggio for the first time in 2012… read more
A Quick Guide To Awesome Sweet Wines

A Quick Guide To Awesome Sweet Wines

July 2, 2020

Most of us probably have somewhat of a sweet tooth. At least every now and then we might like something sweet after dinner. It does not only have to relate to food but it can also be a glass of nice dessert or meditation wine. You might say that sweet wines are not your cup of tea, that you prefer them dry. Quality sweet wines do often not have that sweet of a taste, though. There are also different kinds of sweet wines. Let us dive a bit deeper into the world of sweet wines. Then, we will also talk… read more
Get To Know Your Taste in Wine! Spanning from Conventional to Natural.

Get To Know Your Taste in Wine! Spanning from Conventional to Natural.

April 8, 2020

We are in a difficult period where the Coronavirus is still raging all over the world. As a result of the shelter in place or lockdown in many countries, the economy is in difficulties and heading towards a possible recession. Still, future recession or not, quality will always be important. Also, as we have seen, the environment is blooming now that people are traveling less and polluting nature less. Our environment is indeed important for our future success. Environment and quality. Two concepts that go hand in hand. Environment and Quality in Winemaking When it comes to viticulture and wine… read more
Art as a Catalyst for Environmental Change

Art as a Catalyst for Environmental Change

February 28, 2020

When the world is in constant turmoil in the latest years with hurricanes, earthquakes, bushfires, and now, last but not least, the Coronavirus, you start realizing something needs to change. There is a need for change not only in climate but in mentality. After decades of increased traveling all over the world, overuse of the resources of the globe, a daily rhythm that gets faster and faster, perhaps it is time to slow down. Can this constant search for ‘the grass that is greener on the other side’ continue? In a recent article, Andrew Jefford stressed how even people in… read more
The Wonderful World of Wine Clubs

The Wonderful World of Wine Clubs

January 23, 2020

Wine clubs are still a very popular occurrence, it is a way for wine club members to enjoy and experience new wines in the comfort of their homes. Wineries often have wine clubs too that are a bit different because there a wine club membership gives exclusive discounts or access to particular vintages, and similar. Let us discover more about the wonderful world of wine clubs. About the Wine Market... There has been a lot of talk about wine tariffs, basically, 2019 ended with a fear of the US implementing 100% tariffs on certain European goods, among which cheese and… read more
Get Into the Christmas Spirit with Mulled Wine

Get Into the Christmas Spirit with Mulled Wine

December 12, 2019

The Christmas holiday season is getting closer and closer. We are all decorating our houses and planning for gifts, food, mulled wine, other drinks, and all those things that make the holidays so enjoyable. This month is also packed with Christmas dinners and lunches at work, associations, and clubs you belong to, Secret Santa gifts at your workplaces, Christmas plays and parties at your children's’ schools, going to Christmas markets on the weekends, and so much more. At all these occasions, you probably enjoy some Christmas cookies and a cup of…that’s right… mulled, or spiced wine. Where does the tradition… read more
Harvest 2019 - A Promising Year for Sangiovese at Montemaggio

Harvest 2019 - A Promising Year for Sangiovese at Montemaggio

November 2, 2019

Another year and another harvest have come to an end at Fattoria di Montemaggio. As usual, it has been a busy period starting with the Chardonnay in early September and then step-by-step picking the different grapes to end with the Sangiovese and the Pugnitello. How was this year’s harvest in the Chianti Classico region? Will it be a good vintage? Let us find out what has been said about this year’s harvest overall in Tuscany and, more specifically, at Fattoria di Montemaggio. A ‘stellar’ year according to the Consortium of Chianti Classico In the 2019 harvest report, the Consortium of… read more
The Destiny of a New Oak Barrel

The Destiny of a New Oak Barrel

October 1, 2019

Historically oak barrels were used for the transportation of wine. Aging of wine in barrique, tonneaux, or big cask is a later phenomenon. Today, there is an art in using oak barrels for the aging of wine. Different styles of wine require different types and or/the combination of different oak barrels, large or small. But is the use of barrique and other types of barrels dependent upon wine styles and trends or rather on the financial capacity of wineries? Can it even be assumed that the power of decision lies in the hands of the accountants running the numbers with… read more
Viticulture and the Impact of Climate Change

Viticulture and the Impact of Climate Change

August 18, 2019

Climate change is on everyone’s lips right now. Every day we can read or hear in the news how the climate conditions globally are changing and degenerating rapidly. All over the world, we need to work together and focus the resources on finding viable solutions. The work of the G20 group will indeed be very important for future measures regarding climate change. All the leading nations need to start doing their part. In this article, we will first take a step back in history to then continue to look closer at the effects of climate change on viticulture. A Step… read more
The Art of Pairing Cannabis with Wine and Food

The Art of Pairing Cannabis with Wine and Food

June 26, 2019

The legalization of marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes is a hot topic in many countries for several years now. Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is even starting to become a gourmet product that you, just as wine, can pair with food to heighten the experience. Indeed, the American Jamie Evans is probably the first Herb Somm offering courses and tasting events to promote the use of cannabis to enhance aromas and flavours. In Colorado and Las Vegas, Cultivating Spirits is a company offering cannabis dinners and tastings as well as cannabis tours. We'll take a closer look at the… read more