In 1988, Castello Montaùto was acquired by the Famiglia Cecchi group. The estate, which along with the Castello Montaùto 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 (D.O.C.) in Italy, obtained in 1966. The soils of the Castello Montaùto estate date back to the Pliocene Era and consist mainly of tuff and yellow clay. Their stratification causes more compact layers of clay than would otherwise be expected. The Mediterranean climate here produces hot summers and fairly mild winters. Additionally, the aspect of the vineyards allow for good ventilation to ensure the health of the grapes as they ripen. The usual Cecchi Family attention to environmental impact and the will to get the best out of the available land led the winery to plant about 48 hectares of vines out of the 82 hectares owned. The original and primary wine produced by Castello Montaùto is the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. And, 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