Wine had been made in Montecucco since the time of the Etruscans, a tradition now continued by Maria Iris Bertarelli and Claudio Tipa, who purchased the vineyard in 1998 to be the heart of the Domaine that it was their vision to create. ColleMassari produced its first vintage in 2000 and in 2014 the group was named Cellar of the Year by the prestigious and renowned Gambero Rosso guide.
The Castello ColleMassari winery is located in Cinigiano in the foothills of Monte Amiata, about 1050ft (320m) above sea level. It is about 24 miles (39km) to the north-east of Grosseto in the DOC Montecucco, which is famous for its particularly favourable micro-climate. The Castello ColleMassari is not entirely a medieval castle or a feudal seat of power. Its structure is more reminiscent of a fortified hamlet or even a grancia, a type of protected agricultural operation, founded by Cistercian monks and the Santa Maria della Scala Hospital in Siena in the 8th century. During this era, they set up an agricultural system between Siena and the Maremma that consisted of 22 grance, which helps to explain the name Massari. In the Middle Ages, the term massari or massaro referred to a representative of an agricultural organisation, an important part of which was the farmhouse was located in the centre (massa) of the area.
The Mediterranean aperitif against thirst
Elegant gastronomic wine
The charming Rosé
The signature wine of Castello ColleMassari
The great wine of Castello ColleMassari
A classic sweet wine from Tuscany
A true expression of the finest art of Grappa