In 1988, Castello Montaùto was acquired by the Famiglia Cecchi group. The estate, along with the Castello Montauto village, stretches across a picturesque ridge just a few kilometers from San Gimignano. Located within the Vernaccia di San Gimignano appellation, this area was the first registered designation of origin (DOC) in Italy, obtained in 1966. The soils of the Castello Montaùto estate date back to the Pliocene Era and consist mainly of tuff (yellow, sandy, calcareous soil) and some clay. Their stratification causes more compact layers of clay than would otherwise be expected, which aids in water retention. The steep angle of the vineyards allows consistent ventilation through the vines as the grapes ripen, ensuring they stay healthy through the hot Mediterranean summers and mild winters. The usual Cecchi Family attention to environmental sustainability and their mission to get the best out of the available land led the winery to plant the estates 82 hectares of land with about 48 hectares of vines. The rest of the land is covered by olive trees and woods. The original and primary wine produced by Castello Montauto is their Vernaccia di San Gimignano though, in 2013, they added a Chianti to their production.
Anyone who wouldn’t want to work with the Cecchi family would have to be nuts, and when I was contacted by the family about representing their wines in the US I was excited to say the least. Andrea and his family have over 125 years of winemaking history in the Chianti Classico region and their family name is amongst the most recognizable in Italian wine. Volio has the opportunity to build the estates for the family. These are the gems of their vineyard holdings and really represent the future of the Cecchi name.
Mainly stratified layers of clay and tuff