Montecucco wines are on the rise. It is a hidden treasure for wine lovers looking for high quality at accessible prices. The wines are a fresh and exciting way to explore Tuscany.
Tuscany is one of my favorite wine regions. I love the charm, its picturesque villages and the rolling vineyards. It is a region that has it all, art, food and culture. There are many hidden gems within Tuscany and Montecucco is one of those treasures. Montecucco wines are the perfect winter wines and will keep you warm and get you through even the coldest season.
Montecucco is a magical wine region nestled between Brunello di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano appellations in the Tuscan Maremma. The Montecucco wine region stands out as a model of sustainable viticulture and biodiversity.
Set in an enchanting landscape, Montecucco is surrounded by beautiful and skillfully preserved ancient villages. The landscape is marked with houses perched one atop the other, stately aristocratic palaces, historic homes, castles, narrow alleyways, ancient wine cellars and churches filled with works of art. Flavor, aromas, and colors come back to life along the narrow streets of these villages where time has not tarnished the beauty and authenticity of the place.
The wine region spans the inner, rolling hills to the volcanic slopes of Mount Amiata, bordering on Montalcino and encompassing a topography and climate that provide for a variety of terroirs for diverse styles in its wines. The proximity of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the sheltering effect of Mount Amiata, and the diurnal temperature variation contribute to the ideal climate for grape-growing.
The vineyards are at 500 to 1300 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mount Amiata. Bright sunlight, cool breezes, the right amount of winter precipitation + warm summer sun, provide the ideal diurnal temperature variation. The hilly Montecucco territory and diurnal temperature range contribute to give the grapes great aromatic complexity.
Mount Amiata is an extinct volcano, as evidenced by its shape and deep underground activity. The soils are rich in lava composites, giving the vines a mineral characteristic and taste. The mineral soils guarantee an important, natural equilibrium for the vineyards.
Montecucco Grape Variety
The Sangiovese grape is the most important variety of Montecucco and is used to make Montecucco’s red wines. The production of the region’s main wines, Montecucco Rosso DOC (SRP $20) and Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG (SRP $20-$40), emphasize artisan production from small, family-owned wineries.
Two Montecucco Wines To Try Now
Montecucco wines from Tuscany are perfect winter wines and will keep you warm and get you through even the coldest season. Their vibrant acidity, elegant tannins and a flavorful long finish make them great pairings with grilled meats like veal and pork, game, black and white truffles, mushroom soup and pasta with meat sauce or Ragu. On those lazy indoor days, simply enjoy them with some bread and cheese, ideally Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino. Here are two Montecucco wines to try now.
The vineyards for this Montecucco Rosso are suspended between the Tyrrhenian Sea and Monte Amiata. The area has an extraordinary microclimate for winegrowing. They grow Syrah and Sangiovese on a variety of different soil types, ranging from alluvial loam over limestone to clay loam.
Auspicium is medium-bodied with a deep ruby red hue made from a blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Syrah. The nose is aromatic with notes of red fruits, cinnamon, black cherries, violets and orange peel. A wonderful wine with bright acidity and freshness. It will pair perfectly on a cold day with a winter hearty stew or a comforting meat lasagna.
The name of the estate, Poggio Stenti, refers to the harshness of farming life in the Montenero d’Orcia district, where gentle and rich hills slope down from Mount Amiata towards the Maremma, “stenti” being the Italian word for hardships. The estate embraces 30 hectares of land, occupied by vineyards, an olive grove and fields of grain.
Tribulo is 100% Sangiovese and has a beautiful bright ruby red color with an aromatic bouquet of ripe cherries, plum and sweet spice. The palate is rich with flavors of red fruit, vanilla, and cocoa. An elegant wine with velvety tannins and brightness from its zippy acidity. Sangiovese is the perfect cold-weather variety and will pair well with grilled meats and strong cheeses.