“MonteRosola wines embody a ‘micro-terroir’ that delivers a real sense of place in a very pure and authentic way. We adhere to the concept that LESS IS MORE, but we are also aware that to do less you have to know more, gain greater experience and be closer to the soil, to the climate, and to the vines.” ~ Alberto Antonini -Winemaker
Nestled amongst the rolling hills of Volterra lies MonteRosola, one of Tuscany’s finest contemporary wineries. Where exactly is Volterra you ask? A medieval town, Volterra is a two-hour drive from Florence where you will find one of Italy’s hidden gems. A small charming and rustic village, Volterra is a quiet town that is not overrun by tourists.
MonteRosola embodies the charm of the Volterra region. Overlooking the medieval city, MonteRosola combines traditional winemaking with a hi-tech state of the art winery. MonteRosola lies in between two of Italy’s greatest wine regions, Bolgheri to the west and Chianti to the east. MonteRosola boasts 25 beautiful hectares of vineyards producing both white and red wines with a sprawling estate of olive groves, forests and pastures.
MonteRosola – History
The MonteRosola estate has been producing wine since 1993, but in 2013 a new era began when the Swedish family Thomaeus purchased the vineyards. Seeing the great potential of the terroir, they embarked on a renovation and expansion project to make MonteRosola Tuscany’s most inspiring and attractive destination winery.
On the estate lies an old stone property that dates back to 1480, which was originally a watchtower for Pignano Castle. Later on the tower became a farmhouse known as La Rosola. In 1999 the property and land were bought by a German family who restored the farmhouse and the surrounding land into vineyards. As the vineyards and olive groves became more established the name MonteRosola was introduced, bringing together La Rosola and its land as one cohesive unit.
MonteRosola – Terroir
MonteRosola is a breathtaking property with endless views of vineyards, olive groves, wheat fields and forests. The soils of Volterra is comprised of fertile clay and mineral-rich soils, ideal for grape growing. Local records show that the area has been producing wine for three thousand years, since Etruscan times.
The microclimate and terroir are ideal for grape growing. The soils are well-drained, with rainfall flowing down into the two valleys around the winery. The natural valleys on the two sides of the valley, allow for natural ventilation, bringing in a natural breeze that keeps plans dry and clear from disease.
An organic winery since 2013, Monterosola practices gentle farming methods. They work in harmony with nature and the changing of the seasons to produce unique wines that capture the essence of the terroir.
For over a decade, MonteRosola’s wine production has been overseen by one of the world’s most experienced and respected oenologists Alberto Antonini. Alberto immediately recognized MonteRosola’s true winemaking potential and was impressed with the unique characteristics of its terroir.
MonteRosola’s Award-Winning Wines
Monterosola’s award-winning wines have their own unique qualities each inherently paying homage to the terroir’s exceptional characteristics. The winemaking philosophy embraces a less is more approach where the grapes themselves produce the notes and character as they mature on the vine. The unmistakable quality of MonteRosola’s wines is achieved by constant attention to detail alongside gentle and organic farming methods.
Cassero – A sophisticated single variety Vermentino has a straw yellow hue with youthful green highlights. Enjoys an elegant and consistent aroma with hints of white flowers, grapefruit, pear, white peach and a pleasing minerality. Fresh and well balanced on the palate with a lingering light finish.
This wine is everything a Vermentino should be, aromatic with nice acidity and vibrant fruit on the palate. Fresh and savory makes it the perfect pairing for shellfish, pasta salads and grilled vegetables.
Mastio – A beautiful rich ruby color in the glass with elements of ripe fruits on the nose and a hint of red cherry, strawberries almonds and green herbs. A well-balanced combination of elegance and intensity on the palate with soft tannins and a generous aftertaste.
This is an easy-drinking wine that also offers a lot of complexity. It will pair perfectly with pizzas and burgers.
Crescendo – Deep garnet color with flavors of rich cherries, dried herbs, sweet oak, spices, black tea and toasted almonds. Both intense and complex on the palate it is powerful yet refined with a lengthy finish. Crescendo has great aging potential.
Crescendo has an intense bouquet of fruits and spice. The wine is well balanced with nice structure and persistent tannins. This is a wine that transports you to the sunny hills of Tuscany. It will pair well with charcuteries and hard cheeses.
Primo Passo – A warm light golden color. Intense and elegant aromas come to the forefront with ripe apricots, peaches, citrus zest and minerality that evolve into a hint of sweet spice. A generous, silky and balanced wine with an authentic personality.
Primo Passo is a remarkable white blend of Grechetto, Viognier, and Manzoni. The wine is intense, full and incredibly fresh. It has a nice fruit profile with a silky mouthfeel. An incredibly memorable wine that will pair well with creamy soups, branzino or risotto.