Rocca di Montemassi
A winery situated in Tuscany, the heart of Italy’s most prestigious wines and culture.
Rocca di Montemassi is located in the region of Maremma on the coast of Tuscany, the heart of Italian culture, amidst the gently rolling hills and plains, a place where vines have been grown since the time of the Etruscans. A land where perfection can be found in both a wine bottle and the idyllic landscape.
The Zonin family acquired the Rocca di Montemassi winery in 1999 and has since restored the identity of the rural landscape. The family has taken the approach of strictly following local traditions, giving particular attention to ecological sustainability. The buildings of the estate have been completely restored. They have planted hundreds of olive trees, stone pines, cypress trees, oleanders, cork oaks, and other native species to restore the local landscape. They also raise a unique breed of white cows native to Italy.
The region of Rocca di Montemassi has a unique microclimate. The soil of the rolling hills is predominantly clay-based and almost devoid of silt, retaining rainwater in the spring. The soil is very rich in nutrients. The best growing areas are on the sunny sides of the hills, open to coastal breezes, which is why the slope of the hill is very important. The variation between day- and night-time temperatures results in thicker grape skins which provide a plethora of aromas and flavours to the wines.
The soils of the region are best suited to red grape varieties, the most important one being Sangiovese. The winery has 430 hectares, 180 of which are dedicated to two incredible indigenous varieties of Maremma – red Sangiovese and white Vermentino. They also grow Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.
Rocca di Montemassi winery is one the primary producers of Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC wines, the best-selling Tuscan wines in the world.
Promoters of rural life
The Zonins have also set up the Museum of Rural Civilization on the estate, which greatly contributes to the preservation of the traditions of rural culture of Maremma and Tuscany in general.
The Etruscans planted the first vines in Tuscany more than 3,000 years ago.