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Castello di Monsanto has 72 hectares of vineyards, planted at altitudes ranging from 280 to 320 meters above sea level. Of those 72 hectares, 56 are planted with Sangiovese – the most traditional variety in Tuscany and Chianti. From the very start, the company believed fiercely that it was possible to produce wines of great quality and longevity from Sangiovese grapes. And we were certainly proved right, as the likes of the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione (previously Riserva) vineyard “Il Poggio” and the “Sangioveto Grosso” show.
It’s no coincidence that the Sangiovese clones in our vineyards come from vines located in our historic Il Poggio vineyard – “the mother” of all Monsanto’s vines. A small percentage of our vines is made up of two types of red grapes which are also traditional to Chianti Classico: Canaiolo and Colorino. To this day, these varieties are instrumental in giving that local and traditional feel to Il Poggio, Chianti Classico DOCG Castello di Monsanto and our Riserva.
In 1976, Fabrizio Bianchi decided to experiment with two non-autochthonous vines: he planted the Valdigallo vineyard, which now produces the Fabrizio Bianchi Chardonnay, as well as the Il Mulino vineyard, whose soil and climate make it the ideal place to produce our Cabernet Sauvignon.
We maintain a traditional planting density, with around 5000 to 5500 plants per hectare, while we use the guyot pruning system in some of our vines and the cordon trained system in others.