We are thrilled to be in the Slow Wine Guide 2021
Slow Wine is one of the primary yearly guide books for Italian wine. It is a guidebook that shines the light on the rich Italian winemaking heritage. The editors Giancarlo Gariglio and Fabio Giavedoni are working with conviction to highlight the best that the Italian wine world has to offer.
We are very proud here at Fattoria di Montemaggio, to be a part of this manual for Italian wine.
Below you can read a translation of the review in the Slow Wine Guide 2021.
LIFE – The owner of the estate is since 2008 the Russian entrepreneur Valeria Zavadnikova who has set up the winery without causing any rupture with the past but instead guaranteeing a good oenological consistency and connection to the local terroir. This is also thanks to Ilaria Anichini, the estate manager at Montemaggio, who has contributed with her experience as an agronomist creating a winemaking project that is measured, harmonious, and that completely blends in with the stunning surrounding landscape.
VINEYARDS – The altitude is one of the special features of Montemaggio: we are 600 meters above sea level in the middle of the forests in the Radda di chianti area. The soil is if galestro and alberese with a mix of sand which might be a bit strange to imagine, especially in this area, but geology does not lie. The attention to and passion for organic farming, which is one of the main goals of Montemaggio, has ensured biodiversity in the vineyards which are important for the right environmental balance.
WINES – The wines of Montemaggio are aged longer in the cellar as their idea is that Sangiovese gains its best expression after a long period of maturation.
Chianti Classico Riserva 2014:
A rarefied and floral wine with a balanced note of rich fruit, distinct notes of earth and tobacco, followed by robust tannins at the palate.
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014:
Tertiary notes of shrub herbs and leather while it, on the palate, is vibrant, structured, juicy that supports the tannins.
Rosé di Montemaggio (Sangiovese) 2019:
Savory and harmonious with floral notes first and foremost, a good acidity.
Click here to more about our wines at Fattoria di Montemaggio.
We are proud to announce that we have won the award Best Classic Vineyard & Winery 2020 – Tuscany in the category Food & Drink Awards by LUX Life.
LUX Life states that its awardees “must demonstrate expertise within their field, dedication to customer service and a commitment to promoting excellence.” We are honored to have received the award on the basis of this motivation.
Look out for more info about our award in the coming Food & Drink Awards magazine that will be published by LUX Life.
A heartfelt thank you to Jill Barth for having written the lovely article How Fattoria Di Montemaggio, Chianti Wine Estate, Diversified In 2020 on Forbes about Fattoria di Montemaggio and the new natural skincare line.
Jill describes how we, in the midst of the Coronavirus lockdown, decided to launch our series of natural skincare products.
When there was no tourism, no visits to our winery and the tasting room any longer due to Covid-19, we managed to shift our focus by virtually roll out the line of natural beauty products made with ingredients such as stem cells from red grapes.
Jill is portraying the essence of Fattoria di Montemaggio in a beautiful way.
We are very grateful for being able to spread our wine story to a broader audience worldwide thanks to Jill’s article.
Read more about our natural skincare line here.
We are thrilled that the online magazine Tuscany People mentions Fattoria di Montemaggio in their blog article Vini bianchi toscani, il lato chiaro della forza.
They write about how we are an organic family winery focused on quality in the middle of Chianti Classico land. Furthermore, they have chosen to emphasize or cultivation of the lesser-known Pugnitello grape and, in line with the theme of the article, the international grape Chardonnay.
The article writer Martina Tanganelli writes about how our Chardonnay wine makes the drive to Fattoria di Montemaggio, along the long and winding unpaved way, worthwhile. In fact, she describes our Chardonnay wine as
Burroso, morbido, bilanciato, di buona acidità
What could be more satisfactory for us than reading such wonderful words?
The article talks, in general, talks about the white wine production in Tuscany is somewhat of a hidden treasure compared to the great red wines of the region such as Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino.
Indeed, white wine production has always stood a bit in the shadow of the ‘big’ red wines in Tuscany. This is curious because, in reality, the first Italian DOC for white wine was Tuscan, i.e. the Vernaccia di San Gimignano that became a DOC in 1966. Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a native grape to Tuscany with a long history.
Read more about the white grapes that are cultivated in Tuscany, in this fantastic article by Tuscany People.
Did you know you can get 20% OFF our amazing organic products and also get a FREE BOTTLE and a FREE GADGET??? On top we will be donating 2 euro from each purchase to the North of Italy to help hospitals fight the battle with Coronavirus!!
Please follow the link to participate in the campaign, watch the video and share with your friends and family! IF YOU CANNOT COME TO ITALY THIS YEAR LET ITALY COME TO YOU!!!
Chianti Classico Collection is the yearly event where we get to introduce the vintage that is going to be released for the year. It is, therefore, a great satisfaction when we see that our wines are appreciated by journalists, bloggers, and tradespeople. The event is a part of the Anteprime Toscane week where the various Tuscan wine consortiums organize their preview events for national and international press and tradespeople.
First out to review our wine is Marco Bechi, a Tuscan food- and wine blogger who has written about our Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012. His verdict is that it is a wine with an elegant and refined bouquet with notes of licorice, herbs, and good persistence.
Read more in his article Chianti Classico Collection 2020 e le Gran Selezioni.
Next out is Morris Lazzoni who has the blog Vinoperpassione to write about our wines tasted at Chianti Classico Collection 2020. Moris is by now a dear friend and we are happy that he tastes and writes about our wines. He talks more in-depth about our Chianti Classico 2014, 2015, and Riserva 2013. He especially defines the Riserva 2013 as the most balanced and elegant of them all.
However, Morris also gives praise to our 2014 and 2015. The former one (2014) for being fine, silky, and smooth even though it has often been considered an unfortunate year. Regarding the 2015, he argues that it is fruit-forward and has good acidity resulting in a wine with a potential for aging.
Read more in his article La Collection 2020 ha dimostrato la grandezza del Chianti Classico
Click on the following link to read more about the Montemaggio wines.
We are delighted and proud to be in the Slow Wine Guide 2020
Slow Wine is one of the fundamental yearly guide books for Italian wine, a way to valorize the rich oenological heritage. In fact, the editors Giancarlo Gariglio and Fabio Giavedoni have mentioned during the last years how their aim is for this guide to become a sort of “hub” or a “software” for high-quality wine in Italy. They want you to be able to have an overview that is as complete as possible when it comes to Italian wine.
What better recognition for us at Fattoria di Montemaggio, than to be a part of this hub of Italian wine producers at the forefront.
Below you can read a translation of the review in the Slow Wine Guide 2020.
LIFE Fattoria di Montemaggio makes wine since the 1970s but it was in 2008, when Valeria Zavadnikova bought it, that you started to see an upswing in quality. The dream for the estate was to produce wines of excellence, and that is why they are in favor of letting the wine settle for long periods in the bottle before entering it to the market. They are very focused on having an organic and natural approach as well as having a deep respect for the surrounding nature. Their aim is to maintain a close relationship between product and territory.
VINEYARD We went for a walk in the vineyard with Ilaria Anichini, the agronomist, and estate manager, who swept us away with her passion and deep knowledge of the vines and nature. The vineyards are located at an altitude of 600 m where the main grape variety is Sangiovese followed by minor quantities of other local grape varieties. There are some smaller lots of international grape varieties also. The soil is made up of mainly galestro (weathered sandstone), with smaller percentages of alberese and sandstone.
WINES Chianti Classico 2015 Already the color speaks for itself. It has notes of ripe fruit as well as a hint of floral and mineral notes. On the palate, it is fresh, savory, has refined tannins and a long finish.
Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 On the nose, it has typical notes of marasca cherry, leather, and soil. On the palate, it is very flavorful, with good acidity and well-balanced tannins that completes the picture.
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012 It offers a bouquet that is rich in tertiary aromas. On the palate, it is very tasty, well-balanced, smooth and elegant tannins, and a long finish.
Quinta Essentia 2014 (Sangiovese, Merlot) This is a wine with fruity notes, gutsy tannins, and good acidity.
Torre di Montemaggio 2016 (Merlot) This wine is still young, straightforward and enjoyable.
Click here to more about our wines at Fattoria di Montemaggio.
We are happy to tell you that Confagricoltura Siena paid us a visit to do a video about Fattoria di Montemaggio recently. They interviewed Ilaria Anichini, our Estate Manager, about our organic and sustainable farming, viticulture, and winemaking.
In the video, you can also learn more about the wine tours and wine tastings we organize for wine lovers and tourists. It is an opportunity to have a fun and unique wine experience.
Watch more about our activities in Confagricoltura Siena’s lovely YouTube video below or on their website.
Siamo felici di potervi raccontare che Confagricoltura Siena ci ha visitato di recente per fare un video su Fattoria di Montemaggio. Hanno intervistato Ilaria Anichini, la nostra direttrice di azienda, della nostra agricoltura e viticoltura biologica, sostenibilità, ecc.
Nel video, puoi anche saperne di più sui wine tour e sulle degustazioni che organizziamo per gli amanti del vino e per i turisti. È un’opportunità per vivere un’esperienza vinicola unica e divertente.
Guarda il video di Confagricoltura Siena qui sopra.
WINE HEAVEN!!! An outstanding Chardonnay from an outstanding winery at an outstanding price.
We are bursting with happiness when reading these words in a review made by Andy Kelly of the blog Get Your Cork Out in the United Kingdom. Andy Kelly is based in Liverpool, England and together with Dane Brooks he reviews and writes thoughts about wines that they taste.
Some months ago, Andy ordered our Chardonnay di Montemaggio IGT 2018 via Amazone Prime in the UK and shortly after he wrote a fantastic review in the article Chardonnay di MonteMaggio 2018. Our Chardonnay di Montemaggio is a white wine that we only produce very few bottles of each year and it is not the first wine perhaps that you associate with Fattoria di Montemaggio. We are more known for our Chianti Classico wines and IGT wines in the Supertuscan style.
The Chardonnay di Montemaggio IGT, however, is not a wine standing in the shadow of the others. It is indeed a Chardonnay wine with its very own character that is very much influenced by the special terroir in the Radda area. The minerality, freshness, and good acidity is combined with smoothness and floral as well as fruity notes and a buttery taste.
In fact, Andy writes that
Initially, I got passionfruit accompanied with the slightest hints of toasty and bready notes as it went down. The butter really comes through here too, and, accompanied by solid notes of honey, meant that I was bowled over by its velvety mouthfeel.
…he continues by saying
Every gulp left me wanting more and with every glass new flavours would emerge.
Andy indeed compares our Chardonnay to a French Chardonnay wine
This is seriously good Chardonnay which reminded me of a good quality Meursault or even Puligny-Montrachet.
…stressing also how it feels like an older vintage of Chardonnay
It’s colour, creaminess and toasty notes confused me because I felt like I was tasting an aged chardonnay so you can imagine my surprise when I realised it was barely a year old.
Andy ends his beautiful review of our Chardonnay di Montemaggio IGT with
So bravo MonteMaggio, you have created an outstanding Chadonnay at an outstanding price. All that’s left for me to do is to book my flights to Florence and come and visit your winery to sample some more outstanding wine. See you in the Spring!
We cannot thank you enough Andy for this brilliant review of our Chardonnay di Montemaggio IGT. We are waiting for you at Fattoria di Montemaggio next year whenever you have time to come. We cannot wait to show you our estate and taste all our wines together.
Click here to more about our Chardonnay di Montemaggio.
Tripadvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence
We would like to thank all of you who have visited us and written great reviews on TripAdvisor about your wine tour experience at our winery. We just got an announcement via email from TripAdvisor that we have been recognized with a 2018 Certificate of Excellence. The certificate is based on all the fantastic reviews all of you have written about us.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 - Silver for us!
Decanter World Wine Awards just announced the medals awarded this year and we, of course, got an email too with great news. We are very happy to let you know that we have been awarded Silver medals for Quinta Essentia 2013 and Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 by Decanter.
Fattoria di Montemaggio partnered up with Monaco-based Yacht builder Dynamiq
Christmas is a cosy time of the year that we usually spend with our family and the people we love. It is also a time of good food and wine, so to make the festive season even more special, Dynamiq has partnered up with an award-winning Tuscan winemaker based close to its shipyard in Viareggio.
The Montemaggio estate comprises 70 hectares in the heart of Tuscany’s Chianti Classico region, one of the prettiest and most highly prized wine-producing areas in Italy. During the grape harvest, which is carried out entirely by hand, the fruit undergoes careful selection in the vineyard and again later in the winery. This hand-made approach to winemaking ensures that the finished product preserves the natural ‘terroir’ or distinctive qualities of the climate and soil where the vines are cultivated.
The process is not unlike the Italian craftsmanship and Dutch engineering that defines each and every Dynamiq superyacht. Quality, performance and innovative design are the cornerstones of the brand’s philosophy, resulting in the most aesthetically striking and technically advanced yachts in Dynamiq’s chosen size category of 27–50m.
“We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Montemaggio to produce an assortment of limited-edition wines,” says Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO and founder of Dynamiq. “Montemaggio is a thoroughly modern winemaker that lives up to its motto of being the finest in quality. This philosophy resonated with us at Dynamiq as we strive to be a pioneer in the yachting industry at the forefront of new concepts and technology. Nothing beats a glass of fine wine on the deck of a Dynamiq yacht in the company of family and friends at Christmas.”
Dynamiq has completely reinvented the yacht-buying experience with its Online Configurator that allows owners to choose every detail of their purchase – from paint colour and underwater lights to general arrangement and interior décor options – in real time and complete transparency. And now you can add a supply of bespoke Montemaggio wine to the exclusive list of options!
For more information visit: bedynamiq.com
22° Edition of Radda nel Bicchiere taking place on May 27th and 28th
Satuday 27th and Sunday 28th of May, the 22° Edition of the Annual Wine Fair “Radda nel Bicchiere” takes place in Radda in Chianti. During this edition, wine lovers will get to know the similarities and differences of Radda in Chianti’s Tuscan wines and Valpolicella’s wines.
Below you find the programme of the event.
Saturday 27th of May
10,30am – Sala del Podestà of Radda in Chianti Town Hall
Radda Chianti Classico wine producers meets Valpolicella wine producers: “Geometrie a confronto.”
From 3pm to 8pm – Radda in Chianti
Opening of “Radda nel Bicchiere”. Wine tasting of Radda’s best wines introduced by the local wineries.
Glasses will be sold from 3 to7 pm.
4,30pm – Radda in Chianti
Presentation of the book “ Racconti in Nuce ” by its florentine author Leonardo Romanelli – writer, journalist, cook and sommelier.
Sunday 28th of May
From 11 am to 7pm – Radda in Chianti
Opening of “Radda nel Bicchiere”. Wine tasting of Radda’s best wines introduced by the local wineries.
Glasses will be sold from 11,00 to 6,00 pm.
From 11am to 4pm – Misericordia Meeting Room
10° Blind Wine Tasting’s Edition of “Radda nel Bicchiere”.
6pm – Francesco Ferrucci Square
Award Ceremony of the 10° Blind Wine Tasting’s Edition of “Radda nel Bicchiere”.
Vertical Tasting at Vinitaly 2017!
Last April we organised a vertical tasting during Vinitaly 2017 with some wine bloggers and experts. During the tasting we presented and tasted our old vintages of:
We would like to thank you all the participants and, also, Lynn, Li and Morris for the articles where they talk about us:
Vinitaly Extravaganza of Lynn published on her blog Savor the Harvest
Vinitaly 2017, Ve Ne Racconto Delle Belle of Morris Lazzoni published on blog VinoperPassione
The Distinctive Wines of Montemaggio of Li published on the blog The Wining Hour
Thank you very much! It was a pleasure to present our wines and spend some time with you at Vinitaly!
Montemaggio Cup 2017
From March 3rd to the 5th there will be the MonteMaggio Cup 2017, the final closing regata of the Melges 20 Winter series 2016-17. 24 teams, who have arrived to the final event with various levels of success, will compete.
You can follow the event live on Barracuda Communications website here or read the updates on their Facebook page. We will be watching the competition very closely as the prize to the winners will be some Magnum Bottles of Chianti Classico Riserva di Montemaggio of various vintages!
Thank you to Andrea Gori of Intravino for the points assigned to our Gran Selezione 2010
Below you find what he said about our wine on Intravino:
“Fattoria di Montemaggio Gran Selezione is floral with notes of liquorice, prestigious blond tobacco and tea, full, zesty and persistent with a balanced tannic taste. 91”
For more info about our Gran Selezione, click here.
Our Special Wish for 2017
As promised below you can download the wallpapers for your desktop that we created with the pictures that have received more “Likes” on our Facebook Page.
Every image has a quote of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, with which we want to give you our special wish for a wonderful New Year!
Visit of Leonardo Romanelli at Montemaggio
This is the video that was broadcasted on Teleregione Toscana where Ilaria talks about Montemaggio with Leonardo Romanelli and Gaia Nanni!
Christmas Celebrations with Fattoria di MonteMaggio
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