The grapes in our 2020 Montauto Staccione Rosato come from 15-year-old vines near the coast in the south of the Grosseto province, in inland Maremma, where the vineyards see large temperature differences between day and night. The grapes are selected and harvested by hand. The harvest usually takes place in mid-September and only in the early morning hours to ensure the grapes are very fresh when they arrive in the cellar.
Tenuta Montauto is in Manciano, Luisa’s hometown. Owner Riccardo Lepri was a classmate of Luisa’s, and his parents were her English teacher and driver’s ed instructor, so our history with them goes way back. The winery has been in the Lepre family for almost 60 years. (“Lepre” means “hare” in Italian, which is why you’ll see one on every label.) The vineyards are farmed organically and hand-harvested, with careful attention to quality at every stage of production.
Montauto makes wine in an old-school way, avoiding the “international style” of big, oaky, opaque wines that often lack a sense of place. By fermenting in stainless steel, or using a small amount of old oak, Montauto’s wines let the grapes express themselves clearly. Their careful selection and handling of the fruit results in elegant, food-friendly wines with distinctive characteristics from the volcanic soil and maritime microclimate of Maremma.
The estate enjoys excellent soil (clay rich in rocks such as quartz), and a proximity to the sea, both ideal for the production of great white wines. Great attention is placed on bringing cleanliness, freshness and minerality to the wine. Mantauto makes elegant, drinkable, healthy wines with low levels of sulphur, a defined aroma, and rich in natural complexity.