Rocca di Montegrossi Wines (Italy)
Rocca di Montegrossi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico - just outside Monti in Chianti, about 7 kilometres from Gaiole. The historic fortress (la Rocca) was built during the Longobard period (600-800 AD) by Geremia, ancestor of the Ricasoli-Firidolfi family. It dominates the surrounding countryside as far as the Arno river valley.
The estate covers 60 hectares (148 acres), of which 18 are occupied by vineyards, 10 by olive groves, and the remainder by woods. The vineyards are situated on gently sloping hills that are calcareous - or limestone - in origin, with soils of medium consistency.
With exposures to the south and southwest, the estate is positioned at altitudes of between 300 and 450 meters (985 to 1,475 feet). If, as one would expect, Sangiovese represents the major grape variety, the estate also cultivates smaller quantities of Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia of Chianti, Pugnitello, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Its young owner, Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi, is fully committed to the idea that character and quality in wine are derived from its terroir, and he personally oversees all operations in both the vineyards and the cellar.
"Ever since I embarked upon this winemaking 'adventure' ten years ago, my production philosophy has always been inspired by the concept of selection and quality. This may not seem like a new idea but holding dear to those principles is often hard to do, especially in the tough vintages..."