Rocca di Montegrossi is located near Monti in Chianti, one of the finest sections of Chianti
Classico, about 7 km south of Gaiole in Chianti.
The cellars are near the Romanesque church of San Marcellino. Rocca
owner, Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi, is descended from a family that played a central
role in the history of the Chianti region and laid the foundations for Chianti
The estate extends over an area of 100 hectares; 20
are planted to vine,
another 20 are olive groves, and the remainder is woodland. The
gentle south and southeast-facing hillsides with calcareous loamy soils, are
at elevations between 340 and 510 meters above sea level.
The vineyards are
planted primarily to the varietals traditionally grown in Chianti, though there
is also a small percentage of international varietals.
The primary varietal is Sangiovese, with 13 hectares, followed by Merlot, with
2.5 hectares, while the remaining 4.5 hectares are planted to Canaiolo, Colorino,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Pugnitello, and Malvasia
Bianca del Chianti.
ranges from 3.300 vines per hectare in the older vineyards, trained to the unilateral
horizontal cordon spur system, to between 5,208 and 6,211 vines per hectare in
the more recent vineyards, which are trained to the bilateral horizontal cordon
Rocca di Montegrossi's olive groves are planted around the winery, on gentle
well-exposed slopes, under ideal conditions for the production of high
The estate boasts about a thousand trees, which are almost all the Coreggiolocultivar, and the oil can therefore be considered a mono-cultivar
oil. The olivegroves are planted in the traditional coltura promiscua manner, interspersed
with other fruit trees, and in keeping with the traditions of Chianti, are pruned
in the polyconic vase system.
All of Rocca di Montegrossi's olive groves
vineyards have been organically managed since
2006 and certified by ICEA since
February 2010 and by Q Certificazioni since January
2012, and the estate has
also adopted environmentally friendly policies
To meet farming needs rainwater is gathered in large cisterns, making it possible
to avoid using precious drinking water, especially during the summer months,
while the machinery used for tasks that are not performed by hand is powered
by either electricity.