A shelter tucked in the hills of this stunning Tuscan town
The connection between the Cecchi family and San Gimignano dates back to the end of World War II.
In 1988, the company acquired Castello Montaùto, which, along with the homonymous hamlet, stretches across a picturesque ridge, just a few kilometres from San Gimignano.
The usual 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 vineyard out of the 82 owned.
Clearly, the absolute protagonist is the Vernaccia of San Gimignano and, since the wine-harvist of 2013, even one of the most important Tuscan wine denominations: Chianti.
Tuffaceous soil and continental climate
The Vernaccia of San Gimignano was the first registered designation of origin (D.O.C.) in Italy, obtained in 1966
The hectares under vines are about 900, of which 800 are planted with Vernaccia. The soils are generally of marine Pliocene origin, and are formed by tuff and yellow clay, which are stratified in turn upon more compact layers of clay.
The climate is Mediterranean, with hot summers and fairly mild winters. The combination of these factors is sufficient to compensate for some of the congenital shortcomings of the vine, such as aromatic spectrum and the low acidity.
And, finally, good ventilation ensures the health of the grapes as they ripen.