Grape(s): 80% Vernaccia, 15% Trebbiano gentile, 5% Malvasia bianca
Localization: San Gimignano, Italy
Tasting Notes: On the Palate Rich, spicy, with a long aftertaste
Notes: “In memory of the Templar Knights, who lived at Montenidoli. We vinify it in wood, as they did, with the three whites: Vernaccia, Trebbiano and Malvasia. A rich wine that refines in the bottle for a long time."
Food Pairing: A very rich white, for mushrooms, truffles, foie gras. With cheese, after red wines.
The Domain: Montenidoli: 200 ha/500 ac of woods on the hill overlooking San Gimignano, in front of the Chianti Classico, between Florence and Siena. It is an unpolluted land, high upon the hill, in clean air, away, far away, from any chemical poison invented by humans.
When we arrived, in 1965, the land was abandoned: the woods had invaded the fields, the olive trees were running wild, the vines were covered by the bushes. We committed ourselves to the soil, and tried our best for a new beginning. We began to breed rabbits as their manure was very good for fertilizing the soil; we bought worms that we spread in the fields to make humus and soften the earth. We pruned only in winter when the vegetation was dormant. All the cuttings were ground and fermented to make a compost to go back to fertilize the plants. We followed the rules of nature that are dictated by the weather, the days, the seasons.