The winery Rocca di Montemassi is located in the region well-known as Maremma, the unspoiled countryside by the Tuscan coast, surrounded by local pine trees, cypress trees, old fortresses and medieval villages. The vineyards are overlooked by the fortress of Montemassi, which dates back from the 10th century and has a long and intense history. This rock has been immortalized by Simone Martini’s painting of Guidoriccio di Fogliano, a fresco inside the “Palazzo Pubblico” of Siena – the city has conquered Montemassi on the 15th century.
The vineyards of MONTEREGIO vines are stretched out over 430 hectares (1085 acres), of which 160 hectares (397 acres), in this outstanding area lying between the coast of Tuscany and the metal-bearing hills at Roccastrada, in the Tuscan Maremma - one of the new frontiers of high quality Italian wine production. The original buildings of Rocca di Montemassi have been restored and adapted by the architect Mirko Amatori whose aim was to perfectly integrate the winery’s buildings in its environment and in the surrounding landscape, maintaining their agricultural functions as well as refurbishing the pre-existing architectural structures.
The wine produced in this land is very special and unique because of the peculiar local climate with its temperate breezes from the Tirrenian Sea matched with a mineral-rich soil which allows the production of high quality grapes. The wines of Montemassi are: “Sassabruna” – a Monteregio di Massa Marittima D.O.C. wine; “Calasole” and “Le Focaie” – both are Maremma Toscana IGT wines (Supertuscans). The main local grape is the local cultivar Vermentino. But the winery is also using other well-known grapes like Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
The winery has an attractive “Enoteca” (wine shop) with a collection not only of Rocca di Montemassi’s own wines mentioned above but also other one produced in some other family’s estates around Tuscany, like Chianti Classico “Castello d’Albola”. It is a great environment where to taste the wines, relax and have a lovely wine experience in Tuscany – obviously with the possibility to purchase directly from the wine maker.
Besides, the most interesting point of this winery is the Museum of Rural Civilization, designed to become an important testament of the Maremma’s local traditions, and heritage to the future civilizations. It is an interactive exhibit with over 3,000 objects on show, all of which date from the 19th century to the pre-War period (1940), prior to the large-scale industrialization of Italy, reflecting the rural style of life in Tuscany.
The museum is open to the public:
From April to October: tuesday-sunday, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm (closed on monday)
March and November: monday-friday, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm (saturday and holiday on request)
To book a guided wine tour and a personalized wine tasting for your group please contact:
Susanna Rometsch - Hospitality manager
Tel.: (0039) 347 8224499