Established in 2000 by oenologist Alessandro Cellai, Monastero was created with the sole aim of making two great wines: Pinot Nero and Campanaio. Pinot Nero, although not easily adapted to conditions in Italy, is considered to be one of the best grape varieties in the world, capable of producing wines of extraordinary elegance and harmony. Konrad Winzer, a contemporary sculptor and friend of the estate, lent his artistic talents to creating the unique labels for these wines.
Location of Vineyard
The Podere Monastero estate is situated in Chianti’s Castellina, in the heart of Tuscany, about 1650 feet above sea level. The vineyards occupy an area of 7.5 acres, half of which are used for the cultivation of Pinot Nero, while the remaining acres are split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The choice of land and, to an even greater extent, the choice of the clones and rootstocks, was critical to the winery. The latter required extensive research, carried out by the most prestigious nurseries in France.
Every single operation is approached with meticulous attention, from vineyard to cellar. La Pineta (100% Pinot Nero) is created with this philosophy; each vine is tended right from pruning, initiating creation of a superb product. Campanaio (50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon), despite being made with grape varieties more common to the Chianti production zone, is also the result of meticulous attention, beginning with the choice of rootings. These two wines of considerable personality do their utmost to fully enhance the particular characteristics of the grape varieties of origin without disguising the positive aspects of the local terroir.