The treasure chest that guards the soul of Castello di Monsanto

The Cellar

It’s not easy to say which part of Castello di Monsanto leaves the biggest impression on our visitors. Is it the stunning ridge that gives its name to the winery’s most iconic wine, Il Poggio? Or could it be Castello, the Vinsantaia or the Amphitheater? Yet it’s beyond question that the Cellar is one of the most special places here.

It’s not easy to express in words even a fraction of the emotions you experience when you visit it.

The aromas, the echoes, the silence and the layers of noble rot on the walls make the cellar a truly unique place that is well worth at least one visit for anyone who lives in Chianti or who is simply passing through.

The 18th century cellar – part of the original Castello complex – exudes timeless charm and paves the way for an ever more impressive space, if that’s possible: our new cellars, with their spectacular galleries. The following description by Antonio Boco sums the place up so well that we feel no need to anything further – except to urge you to come and experience it for yourself:

A“The winery was already well-established when the new cellar was opened in 1981, with work on a new barrel store starting just five years later and concluding in 1992. These two projects helped to better define the Monsanto identity, both structurally and aesthetically and in terms of the philosophy behind the place. These elements intermingle particularly in the second project, where at times they merge and become one strong message that evokes the absolute values of time and space, of sacrifice, of maniacal precision, of genius, of savoir-faire, of solidity.

It’s all there, in the 300 meter gallery that connects the new cellars to the 18th century ones in the Castello, almost imprisoned by hand-split galestro rocks set in place using medieval techniques by the tireless and expert hands of Giotto Cicionesi, Mario Secci and Romolo Bartalesi, the three men behind this frankly incredible feat. It is thrilling and slightly crazy… and it says an awful lot about Monsanto. Down there, underground, the wines of tomorrow age while those of today rest, alongside an archive of historic vintages with few rivals anywhere in the world.”

Antonio Boco, Gambero Rosso,
September 2011