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Harvest 2019 - A Promising Year for Sangiovese at Montemaggio

Harvest 2019 - A Promising Year for Sangiovese at Montemaggio


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


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


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
Chianti Wine Tours - Tuscan Experience Not To Be Missed

Chianti Wine Tours - Tuscan Experience Not To Be Missed


Italy's famous region of Tuscany is known for many things; its beautiful panoramic landscapes, rich history, culture, but above all its wine. The central area of Tuscany is referred to as “Chianti” or Chianti Classico wine country. If you’re planning a trip to Tuscany, be sure to make time for a wine tour along with complementary food pairings of regional dishes as well. Tuscany’s foods and wines serve up a gastronomic affair leaving all your senses tingling. This is one authentic experience that you simply won’t want to miss. The Chianti area produces both Chianti and Chianti Classico wines. These… read more
The Art of Pairing Cannabis with Wine and Food

The Art of Pairing Cannabis with Wine and Food


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
An Overview of the Best Champagne Glasses

An Overview of the Best Champagne Glasses


Champagne is a beverage that has always had an air of luxury around it. Whether it was among the aristocracy in 18th-century France or among more contemporary film stars. "In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening." - Willi Gluckstern Today, Champagne is a sparkling wine that is more accessible for people in general even if it still gives an expression of luxury and magic. There are many artisanal Champagne producers who nowadays make fabulous products – so-called Grower Champagne - and to good prices. Another important aspect is the kind of glass that Champagne… read more
Blind Wine Tasting With Fattoria Di Montemaggio At Vinitaly

Blind Wine Tasting With Fattoria Di Montemaggio At Vinitaly


Vinitaly has come and gone this year. As every year, Fattoria di Montemaggio had a stand at Vinitaly to showcase the wines, meet new and old clients, friends, and wine lovers. Vinitaly is four days of non-stop wine euphoria in Verona in Italy. This year, Fattoria di Montemaggio had organized a small blind tasting for a selected group of wine professionals that we will tell you more about below. However, let us start by looking closer at Vinitaly this year… Vinitaly 2019 in experience and numbers Vinitaly, which started out back in September in 1967, opened its doors for the… read more
The Role of Women in an Evolving Wine World

The Role of Women in an Evolving Wine World


The 8th of March is the International Women’s Day (IWD) and before and after it gives rise to a lot of talk about women’s rights. Surprise surprise, it is actually a day having a deeper significance than giving mimosa flowers to the women around you and taking them out for dinner. It is a day to focus on how women can reach equality and balance in the still male-dominated society. The first IWD was organized in New York in 1909 by the Socialist Party of America and as a result, it was discussed the IWD ought to be a yearly… read more
Wines for Romance on Valentine’s Day

Wines for Romance on Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is here and for many, it is a day to treasure each other while for others it is more of a commercial hype. In any case, it is a day that many celebrate each in their own way. We wanted to take a closer look at Valentines Day’s historical origin and to highlight two of the wines we produce at Fattoria di Montemaggio in Radda in Chianti that we think are perfect for a romantic evening. A Celebration in Honour of Saint Valentine It all seems to begin BC with Christian martyrs and saints. There were apparently different… read more
All You Want to Know About Composting at Montemaggio

All You Want to Know About Composting at Montemaggio


January of 2019 is already in the last few days. All the activities at Fattoria di Montemaggio in Radda in Chianti are already in full force. Soon it is time to get prepared for the preview of the vintages released this year. However, the vines are still asleep and resting. Composting is something you can do all year round though. Fattoria di Montemaggio has just started composting and is very excited about it. In this article, we will look closer at the processes and benefits of composting. Organic Farming and Composting at Fattoria di Montemaggio Let us start by looking further… read more

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