Montenidoli

Montenidoli, the mountain of the little nests: 24 hectares of vineyards surrounded by 200 hectares of woodlands. The Etruscans were the first to discover this treasure and plant vines, then came the Romans and the Knights Templar. We arrived in 1965, heirs to a long farming tradition.

We have always considered Vernaccia to be the red of white wines.

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Who we are

Sergio, the Patriarch, was a teacher, and we had many children, many with special needs, for whom Montenidoli was a happy nest. And when they took flight the abandoned lands remained, waiting to be brought back to life. For the farmers had abandoned the hill in the early 1900s, drawn by the two Great Wars and the promise of industry. The vines were overgrown by brambles, while the olive trees had gone wild.
But Elisabetta had the land in her blood, thanks to her family, which had cultivated vines and olive trees in Custozza, not far from Verona, since the 1700s, and also thanks to her childhood, spent wandering the vineyards of Valpolicella. Following her family traditions, they respected the land, cultivating it with exclusively organic methods. Sulfur and copper are the only substances used to fignt parasites, and only if absolutely necessary, because they believe sunlight and clean air to be the best medicine to make the vines healthy, strong, and resistant to disease and bad weather. The vineyards multiplied, planted to the indigenous varietals: Vernaccia, san Gimignano's historic white grape, Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano Gentile, and Malvasia Bianca -- The traditional grapes of Chianti.
The first wine was born in a great vintage 1971. It enjoyed the honor of being one of the first wines commented upon by Luigi Veronelli.

The winery

Montenidoli, the mountain of the little nests: 24 hectares of vineyards surrounded by 200 hectares of woodlands. The Etruscans were the first to discover this treasure and plant vines, then came the Romans and the Knights Templar. We arrived in 1965, heirs to a long farming tradition.
The wine, "Sono Montenidoli" is from vines propagated though vineyard cuttings: It is an indigenous wine:

  • Vernaccia di San Gimignano, vinified three different ways
  • Chianti Colli Senesi, vinified three different ways
  • Three historic wines: Canaiuolo, Il Templare, Vinbrusco

These nine wines have all received recognition and prestigious awards over the years.

In 2012 Montenidoli presented two new wines:

  • Il Colorino, from Colorino grapes
  • Il Triassico, Sangiovese in purezza from the Triassic highlands

Vernaccia di San Gimignano

It has always been San Gimignano’s classic white wine.
The Pliocene soils around the City of the Fair Towers, which were once submerged by the furthest reaches of the Ligurian Sea, were the perfect habitat for molluscs whose shells make the terrains highly calcareous. Up to the ancient sea level, mid-way up the hills, it’s the perfect terrain for great white wines.
The climate of the Tuscan countryside is temperate, and dry in the summer. It’s a perfect climate for great red wines, and indeed our valleys are renowned for them. We have always considered Vernaccia to be the red of white wines: the grapes may not yield highly fruited bouquets, but the wines are vigorous and long-lived: mineral wines of great power and structure that profit from wood and display excellent aging capacity, with their bouquets gaining interesting secondary aromas with the passage of time in bottle.
The same bunches, depending upon how they are fermented, will yield different structures and flavors, making for different wines that do share a common identity.
Indeed, the three Vernaccias produced at Montenidoli differ considerably from each other, and each plays a distinct role in terms of wine food pairings, aging, and the way it drinks best:
Vernaccia Tradizionale: fermented on the skins, it is traditional and ideal for olive oil-based Mediterranean cuisine.
Vernaccia Fiore: matured on the lees, it's refined and elegant, and perfect with haute cuisine.
Vernaccia Carato: 12 months in wood make it a meditation wine, in the manner of the great reds.

The Traditional Wines of Montenidoli

From the free-run must of the Trebbiano Gentile and Malvasia Bianca grapes we obtain Vinbrusco, the traditional white wine of San Gimignano's farmers. From all of Montenidoli's white grapes, including Vernaccia, we make Il Templare, whose highlights bring to mind the white wines of old, made by the Knights Templar on these very lands. In the various Canaiolo clones, which modern enology often finds "too light" and discards, we find the perfect fruit for our Canaiuolo Rosé.
The wines from Tradition:

CANAIUOLO: From red-stemmed Canaiolo grapes that have the aromas of white grapes and the richness of reds. It is free-run must that ferments slowly, and is bottled as soon as the sugars are gone, to preserve its freshness.
VINBRUSCO: This is from the must of the Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes present in the Chianti vineyards. It's the traditional white wine of San Gimignano's farmers, and ferments in steel, aging on its lees to acquire body and softness.
TEMPLARE: From Vernaccia, Trebbiano, and Malvasia Bianca grapes. In other words, all the white grapes found in the old vineyards. Fermented in wood, they yielded the wine used for the Holy Mass by the Knights Templar who resided at Montenidoli long ago.

 

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