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An Exploration of Montemaggio Wine Memories at Christmas

An Exploration of Montemaggio Wine Memories at Christmas

December 19, 2017

Soon it’s time to feast on Christmas food, open the presents, rock around the Christmas tree, and perhaps sharing wine memories. And sip on lots of good wine, right? However, there are still some days before we enter the real holiday mode. We wanted to take the opportunity, to sum up, the last year a bit, the people we met and who visited Fattoria di Montemaggio. To be able to thank a set of wine writers and wine influencers for their visits, kindness, and generosity in writing about Montemaggio, we wanted to direct the spotlight on them this time. Some… read more
Fattoria di Montemaggio Tours Denmark and Russia

Fattoria di Montemaggio Tours Denmark and Russia

December 4, 2017

This autumn Valeria and Ilaria have been busy traveling around to introduce the Montemaggio wines outside the borders of Italy. In October, Valeria went to attend two different wine dinners in Denmark and in November, Ilaria went to Russia. Let’s see what went on at the different events… Fattoria di Montemaggio Goes to Denmark In mid-October, Valeria went to the country of Danish Dynamite. This is the nickname the Danish football team got in 1984 when they qualified for an international tournament, UEFA EURO 1984, for the first time in 20 years. Now, we are not going to focus on soccer… read more
Being Part of a Greater (Wine) Context - Montemaggio at #CCC18

Being Part of a Greater (Wine) Context - Montemaggio at #CCC18

March 28, 2018

The Chianti Classico Collection (#CCC) event is always an important moment of the year. This year it was the 25th edition of the Anteprima where the Chianti Classico producers are showcasing the new vintages being released to the market. The Chianti Classico Collection is a trade show organized every year at Stazione Leopolda in Florence, in the heart of Tuscany, to present the new vintages for the year. This is a perfect opportunity to taste the best of Chianti Classico Annata, Chianti Classico Riserva, and Gran Selezione wines from the different member producers. Let us look closer at this year’s Chianti… read more
Christmas gift ideas for wine-enthusiasts

Christmas gift ideas for wine-enthusiasts

December 10, 2017

Ever found yourself in the situation where you have no idea what presents to gift to your friends? Then maybe it is time for some DIY! If you are a wine-enthusiasts like us here at Montemaggio, many of the following materials should not be lacking in your house. Let's take a look at some creative ideas for Christmas presents to your wine-loving friends Customize your own wine label Sometimes we try to go great lengths to find an original gift. Truth is, you may already know what is your best friend's favorite wine... so why not add a personal touch… read more
Spice up your Thanksgiving with an Italian touch!

Spice up your Thanksgiving with an Italian touch!

November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving traditionally marked the end of the Harvest season, after reaping the long awaited yield of long labour in the fields, where families would gather over a meal together and celebrate everything there is to be thankful for. The centrepiece and star of any Thanksgiving meal, the revered turkey, is often served together with mouth-watering sides like buttery mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffings made of all types of ingredients, corn bread, peas and pumpkin or apple pie at the end of the meal. As Italians, we are often mesmerized by the variety of food and richness of flavours… read more
The Harvest Season at Montemaggio

The Harvest Season at Montemaggio

October 18, 2017

The end of September traditionally marks the beginning of the harvesting season for wine grapes. Harvesting is undoubtedly one of the most important moments of the year for winemakers, when the best and healthiest grapes are chosen and turned into juice to kickstart the wine-production process. Choosing the right moment to start harvesting grapes is a matter of both experience and scientific knowledge: in the vineyards the plucks are ripening, concentration of sugar in the grapes slowly reaching the right balance. At Montemaggio there is a buzz in the air! This is a key period of the year for both… read more
How to Best Enjoy Wine in Summer

How to Best Enjoy Wine in Summer

August 30, 2017

Today we want to share with you some suggestions on how to enjoy our wines during the hottest days of the season. With summer temperatures reaching their peak the most critical factor a wine lover should pay attention to is the serving temperature of wine. The best way to keep wine at the right service temperature is to equip your cellar with a small wine-cabinet that includes a cooling/refrigerating system. The best models allow you to store red and white wines at different temperatures in different sections of the same cabinet. For simplicity’s sake, you should remember the following guidelines:… read more
Vignaioli di Radda - Collaborative Winemaking for the Future

Vignaioli di Radda - Collaborative Winemaking for the Future

August 25, 2017

The Ferragosto weekend has passed, it is still holiday time here in Italy but people are slowly getting back to work and the daily whereabouts. As a bit of a throwback, we wanted to rewind back to the beginning of the summer and the event “Vignaioli di Radda” (Winemakers of Radda). This event took place on May 26, a sunny Friday, in the House of Chianti Classico in Radda. It was organized by the association of the winemakers themselves and was a sort of pilot event. The aim was to set the tone for a yearly event in order to… read more
7 wine-based drinks for this Summer

7 wine-based drinks for this Summer

July 23, 2017

Summer is the best season to enjoy cool and refreshing drinks, but this does not necessarily mean giving up on wine, be it white or red! Read below to find a few suggestions of wine-based cocktails worth trying this summer! 1. Spritz Veneziano This refreshing mix of sparkling wine served with ice, bitter and some soda water is with no doubt one of the most popular pre-dinner drinks in northern Italy. Its popularity increased so much over the past decade that “Spritz Veneziano” is now featured in the IBA official cocktail list: the original recipe calls for Prosecco as this… read more
7 Curious Facts About Wine

7 Curious Facts About Wine

June 18, 2017

Today we want to share with you a few interesting facts about wine: let’s see how many you already knew! Did you know that Ancient Greeks designed a special wine cup that self-empties whenever the liquid inside exceeds a certain level? This clever invention is known as the “Pythagorean cup“, and it works via a hidden system of pipes exploiting the principle of communicating vessels - effectively draining the cup of all its content whenever too much wine is poured into it. Source: Wikipedia. You may already know that China and United States are the two world giants when it… read more