The cellar

It is extremely arduous to be able to convey at least one-tenth of the emotions one feels when visiting the cellar of Monsanto. The fragrances, the echoes, the silences, the layers of noble moulds render it a unique place worth a visit at least once. The prose from Antonio Boco’s pen herewith, describes all this very well: words which are as moving as a walk around the cellar.

“At this point, the project was convincing  when here comes the new cellar, inaugurated in 1981, and the “barricaia”, work upon which had started five years later to be concluded in 1992. Two constructions which contribute even further in defining the profile of Monsanto at its best, both from a structural and aesthetic point of view and from that of an underlying  philosophy. Floors which mingle with each other especially in the second construction, where in some parts they unite and become one great unique message which recalls the absolute values of time and space, of the sacrifice, of the manic precision, of the genius, of the know-how, of  the solidity. They are all there, in that three-hundred-metre tunnel which links the new cellars to the Castle’s 18th-century ones, nearly entrapped by the hand-split marl stones with which it was built, set with ancient Medieval techniques by the  untiring and wise hands of Giotto Cicionesi, Mario Secci e Romolo Bartalesi, the three men to whom this frankly incredible, exciting  and a bit crazy enterprise is owed, which says a lot about Monsanto. Down there tomorrow’s wines are maturing and those of yesterday rest, with a reserve of historic vintages equal to few in the world.”*

*Cfr. Gambero Rosso n° Settembre 2011