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    The Azienda Agricola Monteverano was born years ago through the experimental enthusiasm of a group of friends who shared a passion for wine, stemming from the legendary Bordeaux wines of the era. A former property of the Bourbons, it eventually grew into...

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Montevetrano Campania Wines

Winery Farm Quality Wine Montevetrano San Cipriano Picentino Salerno Campania Italy

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San Cipriano Picentino Via Montevetrano, 3 +39 089 882285 +39 089 882010

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The Azienda Agricola Monteverano was born years ago through the experimental enthusiasm of a group of friends who shared a passion for wine, stemming from the legendary Bordeaux wines of the era.

A former property of the Bourbons, it eventually grew into a wine estate. Purchased in the 40's by the "Imparato grandparents", it produced fruit, nuts, wine and oil for family use.

In 1985, the near two hectares of land were used to plant Aglianico Taurasi, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot onto Barbera, Per'è palummo (Piedirosso) and Troia grape.

In 1991, the very first bottles of Montevetrano were produced, just for friends, from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Aglianico.

It has been like an endless celebration ever since, and a surprising one with Montevetrano having far exceeded its expectations.

Old friends Silvia Imparato and Riccardo Cotarella still remain enthusiastic at the helm of the company, producing a wine of superb quality and age.

Old friends Silvia Imparato and Riccardo Cotarella still remain enthusiastic at the helm of the company, producing a wine of superb quality and age.

Montevetrano is no longer the challenge it used to be. It's now a small but steady company, selling its wine in limited quantities throughout the world.

Due to its small size and a demand which exceeds production, our company strategy is not to attend fairs with any regularity, unless as spectators, as is usually the case.

Producing such a small number of bottles (around 30,000 per year), which are sold worldwide, we hold our customer relationships very dear, feeling we are steering the product in the right direction.

Bottle control is also essential for our books, and is something to which we have paid great attention since the very first days of production.

Montevetrano follows a path dictated by values of pure simplicity through work and knowledge, and of a more consolidated experience from the land, the different markets and the cultures of a changing world.

We are now widely recognised for our modern, worldly production of a deep and elegant wine, which speaks from the earth itself.

All thanks to the commitment of every one of us. Few in number yet carefully attentive, we each are specialised in individual fields yet work together as a unit, to create a balance which gives Montevetrano its strength.

Montevetrano is on land that has always been associated with the wine rituals held here, dating back to Greek culture.

The bond between community and individuals is represented by the vast, channelled network of grape farms. In fact, many amphora from ancient wine rituals have been discovered in this area and are now on display at leading museums, including the small, charming Pontecagnano archaeological museum.

The value and significance of this provincial rite of grape harvesting carries the same importance for us today, surviving with consistency and continuity.

Grape harvesting starts between the end of September and the start of October with Merlot. This is followed by the Cabernet Sauvignon and finally the Aglianico.

Our fermentation is a traditional, yet strictly controlled process. Initially stored in steel vats for around 15 days, the wine is then transferred to new barrels where it will rest for 10-12 months, guaranteeing proper refinement and a balanced maturation, and retaining the regional features so typical of Montevetrano.

There are two parts to the Montevetrano winery. One private, belonging to the main house. Since the end of the 700s, barrels have been dragged by ropes up steep stone stairways. Though the atmosphere was intense, the highly demanding workload was at least less bureaucratic!

Then the second was built, an area entirely dedicated to efficient production.

Today, the Montevetrano cellar covers around 400m2. On the slopes close to the vineyards, it is the emblem of the company. Surrounded by greenery, it comprises: vinification area, processing area, warehouse, barrel cellar and some small offices.

The reception is in the main house, where tasting sessions are held in the foyer.

Reservations can be made for visits to Montevetrano.

Visits include an excursion through the vineyards, followed by a tour of the cellar and concluded with a tasting session.

The Montevetrano estate now spans 26 hectares, of which around 5 are vineyards, planned for expansion to 6 hectares.

The areas cultivated at present are at 100 metres above sea level, in different zones.

The vineyards stretch beneath the Montevetrano medieval castle and along the plains, bordering the edge of the chestnut forest.

The perimeters are marked by rows of mulberry bushes.

Antique roses border the rows of the "vigna del cavallo", at the same altitude as the farmhouse.

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