Welcome

The Monterinaldi winery, founded in 1961, is situated in the central part of Chianti Classico and is owned by the Ciampi family. The farm called “La Pesanella” hosts the headquarter, the office and the cellar.

Head Quarters

Società Agricola Monterinaldi a r.l.
La Pesanella 75
Lucarelli in Chianti
53017 Radda in Chianti (Siena)
Italy

tel. +39 (0577) 733533
fax +39 (0577) 733609

http://www.monterinaldi.it
e-Mail: mail@monterinaldi.it

Tax-ID- and VAT-no. IT 00255710527
Excise code no. SIV00078M

Location

The estate is situated in the very heart of the Chianti Classico region in Tuscany.
Its territory belongs mainly to the district (provincia) of Siena (town councils of Radda in Chianti and Gaiole in Chianti) and in a small part to that of Florence (Greve in Chianti).

Contacts

Executive Director: Daniele Ciampi (daniele.ciampi@monterinaldi.it)
Production Manager: Mauro Bennati, P.A. (mauro.bennati@monterinaldi.it)
Sales Manager: Fabrizio Benedetti (fabrizio.benedetti@monterinaldi.it)
Enologist: Dr. Paolo Vagaggini

History

Monterinaldi is situated in an area that has been inhabited since prehistorical times and that made part of old Etruscan territories, The name of the estate, however, derives from an ancient castle, built around the year 1000 and subsequently demolished during the wars between Siena and Florence. Its construction is linked to a Count Gottifredo or Gottizio, of Longobard descent, who was the lord of Monterinaldi. His family then dominated the whole area that nowadays forms the town council of Radda in Chianti. The castle was the seat and residence of important families who reigned over the area during the medieval period of the wars between Siena and Florence, and between the Guelf and Ghibelline families, in the course of which the fortification has been demolished. The noble Geppi family of Florence acquired the place in 1686. Further destruction took place during the Second World War. Only a small part of the castle survives, along with a church and some houses in the hamlet of the same period, some of them owned by Agricola Monterinaldi.

Most part of the estate vineyards are still to be found around the "borgo" of Monterinaldi, whereas production and administration is now situated down the hill and easily accessible at the Fattoria La Pesanella. Villa Pesanella itself was built in 18th-century whereas the other buildings are of more recent date.

Wine production is reported since 1910, but modern techniques, both in the vineyards and in the cellars, started only in the early Sixties, when the florentine Remo Ciampi took over the estate.

Agricola Monterinaldi now ranks among the leading wineries in the Chianti Classico - both for size and quality.

Estate

Total extension actually amounts to more than 290 ha (about 715 acres),
composed by vineyards, olive groves, walnut groves, wood and pasture.

Beyond Villa Pesanella, some other farm-houses are to be found allover the estate. The most recent expansion took place in the springtime of 1998.

Hospitality

Tours and tasting
Wine shop
Winemaker for a Day – class programs
Cooking School
Hiking
Off-Road Adventure

Please, ask our Event Program for more information and booking.

Additional services

online shop
mailing list
tourist and general information


Vineyards

extension: 50 ha (135 acres) in production;
nearly the complete surface is dedicated to the production of Chianti Classico DOCG;

grape varieties:
main red variety: Sangiovese
other red varieties: Canaiolo nero; Colorino, Malvasia nera; Cabernet-Sauvignon (2nd generation); Merlot; Syrah, and others;

Soil composition: medium consistency (calcareous marl, rich in fossile material)
medium altitude: 350-400 metres
exposition: southwards

plant density: 4.000 - 5.900 plants/ha
training system: Tuscan arched cane; double Guyot

different stocks and clones

Olive Groves

medium altitude: 370 m
extension: 20 ha
quantity: ca. 3,300 plants
varieties: Frantoio, Moraiolo, Leccino

Grape vintage

Grapes are exclusively picked by hand in late September and early October in order to guarantee a perfect health and maturation state of the grapes and to allow special selections.

Wine Production

total annual production:  2,500 hl ( 300,000 bottles)

Cellar capacity

14,500 hl (383,000 US-gallons or 319,000 UK-gallons) of which 10,500 hl in glass-lined concrete tanks, 700 hl in stainless steel, 3,150 hl in (Slavonian) oak casks, 300 hl in French barriques;