His goal is to reach the perfect balance between growth and production through daily care of the vines, from pruning to abundant targeted organic manuring of the soil, from green manuring to different works (green harvest, grape thinning, crown pruning, and defoliation a few weeks prior to the harvest). At Rocca di Montegrossi harvest is manual and carried out in three phases to guarantee that the grapes are selected and picked only when they are perfectly ripe. Grapes are collected into small baskets.
The estate produces two Chianti Classicos. Both are based on Sangiovese, which, in this area, yields an extremely elegant, balanced wine with pleasant minerality. To further increase the complexity of the wines, two indigenous complementary varietals are added: Canaiolo (in 2000 a further vineyard was planted using cuttings from selected vines in the estate’s older vineyards) and Pugnitello. Monti in Chianti is one of the areas of Chianti Classico best suited to the cultivation of the vine. For this reason Rocca di Montegrossi’s owner Marco Ricasoli Firidolfi decided to also plant varietals that have nothing to do with tradition, but that allow the terroir to different expressions.
Planted in 1997, these varietals are used to make an IGT Toscana: Geremia, a Merlot (about 70%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (about 30%) blend that offers a different interpretation of the terroir’s potencial. In fact, while Marco’s Chianti Classico wines, although produced in a modern style, remain tied to the history of Chianti Classico, Geremia represents the land’s expression through nonindigenous varietals.
Starting from vintage 2015, a new IGT wine has been added to the portfolio thanks to the owner’s great intuition: Ridolfo, a 50-50% blend of Pugnitello and Cabernet Sauvignon. A unique wine, bottled only in numbered magnums and jeroboams, for collectors of exciting and iconic wines.
These main labels are flanked by the Rosato, with a pleasant structure that combines a vibrant acidity with mineral tones. It is produced exclusively with 100% Sangiovese grapes.
Last but not least, the renowned Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC, a typical local product and, above all, the producer’s true passion and the pride of Rocca di Montegrossi.