Monti is a small, family-owned estate founded in 1969 by brothers Antonio and Elio, who operated the winery together until Elio passed away in 2002. Antonio and Elio were always traditionalists in the production of the grape, utilizing the estate’s 30 acres under vine to the fullest. Now acclaimed Italian winemaker Riccardo Cotarella helps produce their two exceptional wines from Abruzzo’s noble varietal, Montepulciano.
Location of Vineyard
The Monti estate is located in the Abruzzo region near Teranio, approximately 100 miles east of Rome. Here, the mix of southern sun and Adriatic winds creates prime conditions for the practice of viticulture.
Monti has successfully cultivated the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape, a big, berry-redolent fruit moderate in tannin. All Monti wines undergo complete malolactic fermentation and are unfiltered. The red wines are aged in Slavonian oak, but it is bottle aging, not barrel aging, that is the key to Montepulciano’s greatness.