Vernaccia di San Gimignano
In 1988, Castello Montaùto was acquired by the Famiglia Cecchi group. The estate 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 Montauto estate date back to the Pliocene Era and consist mainly of tuff and yellow clay. 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.
Vernaccia is one of the sleepy white wines from Italy. The region was once an ocean floor so you still find sea shells in the vineyards from a million years ago. The wines are aged in stainless steel, so bright, clean, fresh and balanced.
Pliocene soil with clay, 280m above sea level, yield of 6 tonnes per hectare and a density of 5000 plants per hectare, spurred cordon and guyot training.
Vinification begins with temperature controlled pre-fermentation maceration. Fermentation occurs off-skins at 15°C and lasts for 15 days in stainless steel containers.
Fining in bottle starts in March after the harvest and the wine is aged for a minimum of 3 months.