organic "Chianti" wine
Montemaggio
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The project

Adopt vines from the farm "Montemaggio" in Siena (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic "Chianti" wine at home. The Farmer Valeria will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt vines from the farm "Montemaggio" in Siena (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic "Chianti" wine at home. The Farmer Valeria will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt vines (Sangoviese and Merlot) that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2009. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your vines. We are situated in the area of Chianti Classico, a renowned wine growing region. Therefore, it felt natural for us to share with CrowdFarmers the flavours of this region and the wines that represent it the best. The growing region of Chianti Classico is very small, covering 260 km that starts right after the city of Florence and ends right before the city of Siena. Winemakers looking to cultivate their grapes in this region and producing Chianti Classico, have to be a member of Consorzio Chianti Classico (our governing body). This authority promotes and protects the Chianti Classico brand by controlling and enforcing the rules and regulations that are required to make a real and authentic Chianti Classico and preserve our territory and traditions. There are 3 classification in the world of Chianti Classico. Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. The main difference between the 3 is essentially aging and quality. Sangiovese is known for its minerality and it's precisely this soil (terroir) that gives it such unique characteristics. We produce wines full of character, but not overpowering, wines that tell the story of a beautiful culture and tradition, passion and meticulous work, wines that won't damage the environment - a genuine authentic high-quality product that speaks for itself. In order to produce a higher quality wine, the yield has to be very low, hence from every adopted vine we usually harvest 1,5 kg of grapes which roughly makes 1 bottle. We have received various recognitions and awards from Decanter World, Decanter Asia, James Suckling, Merum, Prague International Competition, Zurich Wine Competition, Veronelli Italian wine guide, and others. The productive life of vines is around 20 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your vines die, we will replace them with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others.
What will you receive?
We will send you the box you have chosen in the adoption process. __Big Box:__ 2 x __Chianti Classico di Montemaggio__ (75 cl glass bottle) 2 x __Chianti Classico Riserva__ (75 cl glass bottle) 2 x __Chianti Classico Gran Selezione__ (75 cl glass bottle) __Small Box:__ 1 x __Chianti Classico di Montemaggio__ (75 cl glass bottle) 1 x__ Chianti Classico Riserva__ (75 cl glass bottle) 1 x __Chianti Classico Gran Selezione__ (75 cl glass bottle) This box will include only red wines. We decided to put together this box to allow you to get a taste of our region expressed by these wines. * __Chianti Classico di Montemaggio__ is probably the most famous wine of our region and the main component of “Chianti Classico” is a Sangiovese. This grape is considered the king of our territory. Its taste is unique in Tuscany, there is no other region where this grape taste the same as it does here. Our Chianti Classico consists predominantly of Sangiovese, and we usually add a very small part of Merlot - 3-5% in total. The exact amount varies every year, after the blend, we taste and determine the right amount. The result is a very elegant, mineral, delicate, but fruity wine with a pomegranate brilliant ruby red colour, resembling the one of pinot noir slightly. Its aromas are intense but earthy, spiced with wild notes enriched with a pinch of red forest fruits. We usually leave the Chianti Classico to age for at least 24 months. In fact, the wine CrowdFarmers will be buying is from 2014 - a 6-year-old Chianti Classico which is ready to be consumed now, you may also let it age further for another 4-5 years. It will be perfect on its own, without any accompanying food or as an aperitif with some olives and slices of young cheese. Otherwise, it goes well with poultry, grain-based salads, light vegetarian dishes, vegetarian light pasta, venison, fresh cheeses, and even a rich oily fish, like salmon. Preferably, chill the wine before serving. It is very important to store the wine well - it doesn't like direct exposure to the sunlight and it's better to keep wines in a dark and preferably humid space. A basement would be the perfect storage place. Wines ideally should always be stored horizontally. * __Chianti Classico Riserva__ is the next category of Chianti Classicos. In this box, you will have a Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 wine. This wine is more intense than the Chianti Classico, has a deep colour and intense mineral and spicy notes resembling wild berries from the depth of the forest. We recommend enjoying it with rich creamy cheese, meat-based dishes, pasta, or red meat stews. This is a very elegant, full, velvet-smooth yet austere and persistent, pleasantly tannic wine. It will easily keep well for another 6/7 years or even more since it has been aged considerably in the barrel. This will all depend on how the wine is being stored, whether it was being exposed a lot to the sunlight or heat, or if it traveled long distances. The Riserva needs to breathe before you can fully enjoy it. It’s best to open the bottle 1 hour before. If you have a decanter, you can open the bottle and decant it for 30 minutes or so to enjoy it to its full potential. * The 3rd and last one in the category is __Chianti Classico Gran Selezione__. This wine is utterly different from our usual Riserva - it is more fresh, incredibly balanced, never overpowering. This wine will be a perfect pairing to your favourite meat or poultry dishes, but will also accompany any cheese platter or even such a simple dish as spaghetti with tomato sauce. The Gran Selezione 2012 is an even older wine but since it has been aging for a longer time (at least 30 months or so in the barrel), it has an even better shelf life than the Riserva or the Classico. It can be kept for another 8/9 years, provided the above-described conditions of storage. The same rules apply in terms of breathing before opening and decanting.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. During the harvest, every bunch undergoes considerable selection in the vineyard and later again in the vinery. Harvest is carried out manually, and only when the grapes are perfectly ripe. Therefore, it could be said that Fattoria di Montemaggio’s wines are 100% handmade, and they preserve all the quality of the elements that are a part of the land where they have been cultivated. We will ship the Chianti towards November, when all the harvest is finished. This is also a perfect time to start drinking red wines, as all the heat from the summer fades to cooler evenings and nights, which makes it even more alluring to open a bottle of red wine and warm yourself up.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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How does it work?

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Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

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Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 11/10/2020
Delivery starting on the 02/11/2020

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Final price:

168.63€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Valeria Zavadnikova
I was born in the Soviet Union in 1983 far east of it, in a city called Vladivostok and the biggest memory I have of my childhood (a very happy one I have to say) is my work with my grandparents in their vegetable garden, which was a 600 sqm piece of land. Honestly, when I was a kid I didn't know we needed to survive, as it was difficult to buy food in shops as there was no fresh food, and then having so much we could have exchanged it for something else we didn't cultivate ourselves - like eggs, milk and sugar and so on. But I didn't know all that - for me it was a time to spend with my grandparents who worked there every weekend and all their holidays, as they had normal jobs during the week. I just remember the constant cycle of nature - winter: when my uncle and grandfather went to hunt into the forest for weeks and we didn’t work at the vegetable garden, it was cold and boring and very windy, as it's a coastal town on the Sea of Japanese where it is always windy. Then when the spring came we were starting to prepare the soil, growing plants from the seeds on the balcony of my grandmother's flat. And that's how the excitement started and the year for me began. :) My grandparents passed away in 2011, but I still remember my childhood with them so vividly and with a full heart. I keep and cherish these memories and so when my parents decided to buy a wine farm, I did not mind changing my city life (I was studying to become a lawyer in London) for the countryside in Chianti. A lot of people ask me whether it was difficult to make this decision, but I honestly didn't think much about it - I was going back to nature, back to roots, and I have never regretted it ever since. I cultivate my small vegetable garden at Montemaggio as well - teaching my daughters about plants, life cycles, and nature in general. When you care about plants so much - they will always return the favour. Fattoria di Montemaggio has been purchased by my family in 2008, from an English owner, and we have been passionately working there ever since. I personally came to manage the farm fully in September 2009, when I graduated my Law Masters in London when I was 24 years old. Wine has always been a passion of my family, but when I was younger I never could have thought of managing a vineyard. It came quite naturally when I did, since I love nature, plants, gardening and everything to do with it. I'm the owner of the farm, but I do the entire marketing side of the business and I manage a lot of sales and connections with our customers. After a couple of years at Montemaggio, I realised that with my law background it is very difficult to run a business since I literally do not know how to do even excel sheets. So I have done another Master (I had a law one already) in Bordeaux at Inseec, it's called International Wine University and my course was called Marketing and Management in the Wine and Spirits sector. I did a year there and since then I had a better idea of where I wanted to take my business. Social media, digital marketing became my focus, and I have never really diverted ever since. We are a small farm and I knew that in order for people to know about us and fall in love with us, we will have to be so present and so visible everywhere - and it was my mission ever since. Social media and the online world gave us this visibility which we would never have been able to obtain using usual marketing traditional channels of importers and distributors. That's why CrowdFarming resonated so well with me since I found the project on Facebook. I loved the idea of a direct connection between the final consumer and the farmer. I liked the idea of natural/clean products grown with love and passion taking care of our environment, our planet, and ourselves at the same time. I think humans are supposed to live close to nature, to be connected with it and this will help us understand how we should live our lives. I think people forget about it living in the concrete jungle of our huge cities and get distant from the roots and forget how it is to be close to nature - hence projects like this will help them connect and understand how the food is actually made and what it means to make it with passion, by hand in a real artisanal way instead of commercial/industrial production full of pesticides, chemical and damaging to our immune system and those of the plants as well.
Valeria Zavadnikova

"We always like to say that Montemaggio is so much more than wine! And it totally is! We love to welcome our clients to come and visit us and see for themselves how we work and how we make our wines and learn about organic agriculture, and the organic way of life. We love to teach our customers about this world, about nature and environment, and why it is so important to support this philosophy and choose projects like CrowdFarming and other projects to shift the interest towards high-quality genuine artisanal products."

Montemaggio
Montemaggio
Fattoria di Montemaggio has existed as a winery since 1975 and was founded by an Italian publicist. In fact, early labels of the winery (in the 80s) were all depicting Florence soccer team flags in support of Italian soccer. It was later sold to German owners in the 90s, and then to an English owner in early 2000. On old maps we were able to find in the city hall of Radda in Chianti we found that Montemaggio exists since the 15th century, as its main villa was used to serve as a lookout tower. As you probably have heard, during those times there was no Italy, but the city of Florence (Kingdom of Florence ) and the city of Siena (Kingdom of Siena) and they were always in battle. So Montemaggio served as a lookout tower, as it is situated on the border between both cities. Everything we have around us matters, because we are a part of it as well. The idea to do as little damage as possible and pass on to future generations as much heritage as possible always resonated with us and therefore resonates with everything we do here in Montemaggio. The name Montemaggio derives from “Monte Maggiore” (Big Mountain), which indicates its elevated position - 600m above sea level, which is a borderline for the production of Sangiovese grapes. Altitude has been a very important part of the quality of our wines - because we always have this distinct drop in temperature between day and night which has an outstanding effect on the aromas of the future wines and allows the wines to be persistent and astonishingly fresh. Especially now when global warming is a real threat to winemaking all around the world, being in an elevated position offers enormous benefits to the quality of the wine, the quantity of alcohol in each wine, and the expression of the terroir. The wines Sangiovese and Chardonnay have been planted with a very high density per hectare (6,250 plants/hectare in some vineyards). We then produce a lower quantity of grapes per hectare (35-40 Ql/hectare, depending on the wine- which is a very low yield ), by regulating it through pruning and selection techniques. Montemaggio follows the concept of a very high-quality “Terroir” wine. We have the chance to supervise the quality of wine in every bottle and make sure that our customers get a very special product. To do a quality wine, we have to limit grape production and what each vine produces every year, this way we are able to make sure that everything will be concentrated in only 4-5 bunches per plant and not 10 or 20. These characteristics, in addition to the exposure, the slopes, the micro-climate, the soil, and the hard and accurate and passionate work, guarantee the production of excellent and authentic Tuscan wines. We are very much in the middle of the forest, isolated from the busy city life. You will not believe how many animals we have in the forests, often jumping over and digging under the fence of the farm - we see wild birds, deer, porcupines, sometimes we hear wolves howling far away in the forests. The vineyards take up an area of 8,5-9 Ha in total and are fenced. Otherwise, it would be a feast for all the animals and birds from the forest to enjoy the grapes whenever we are about to harvest. The vineyards have a central position in the farm with exposure to the southwest of remarkable importance. The soil here is rich on galestro, sandstone, and alberese. What we call in italy “Gallestro” is truly incredible for cultivation of grapes because it allows them to grow very long roots in search of water and minerals, making them “suffer”, as we like to say in agriculture. The more they “suffer” the stronger they become, and the better they produce high-quality wines. In Chianti we are not allowed to irrigate vines, therefore rainfall is all we rely on. When we have vineyards we have to make sure that we do good drainage in order to make sure that water passes very well during the heavy rains and we either collect it in a small natural lake we have in Montemaggio or we divert it to the forest, outside of the vineyards. Our slopes are very inclined, and we have to make sure that water passes through the ground, part of it gets absorbed but then the rest passes through to avoid avalanches and soil erosion. We are avid supporters of organic and biodynamic agriculture. We are fully organic certified, which actually requires 2 certifications: organic grapes and organic wine. One can produce organic grapes but not produce organic wines for example. So it is important to have both to be able to really do a great job. Organic agriculture in winemaking? What does it mean? It means we do not use any chemicals that damages the immune system of the vine (or any plant for that matter), that enters and alters their composition. We are allowed to use sulfur and copper. These 2 elements do not enter into the system of the vines but treat the disease on the surface (usually the disease is rot due to too much humidity). Further, we use sulfur as a conservative to the wine, we use a very small amount in order to give a wine a chance to last since we age our wines for such a long time, and also to be able to transport it and ship all around the world for our customers. Organic agriculture also means that we do not alter nature in order to fight one bug or the other, by spraying poisonous chemicals on it. Instead we create mini wars guiding them away from our grapes and into nature. We also plant cover crops throughout the entire farm - this is a very common practice in organic and biodynamic agriculture. It involves planting different plants - like mustard, and trefoil, barley, beans, etc to carry out different functions and either enrich the soil with various minerals (nitrogen, phosphorus and others) or on the other hand take away something - for example water from the lower parts of the rows, where it tends to concentrate. Flowers from such plants attract an incredible amount of pollinators like bees, bumblebees, beneficial butterflies, and various other insects that are so important to preserve our ecosystem, flora and fauna. Even though grapes are mostly pollinated by wind, there is a small part that pollinators also are involved in, and it would have been impossible to imagine our world without them. They form a crucial part in our planet’s ecosystem and survival of an astonishing amount of crops. Chianti Classico territory is very unique also because even though it is a small region, it is very diverse. There are many producers of Chianti Classico, and I'm proud to say that Tuscany is the region with the most organic farms throughout Italy. Our territory is very diverse, hence the wines are also very different from one another. Montemaggio is a team effort, but mainly it's myself and my agronomist Ilaria. We are very different but I think this is what probably allows Montemaggio to work and function so well. She is more grounded and I'm more digitally present, but we share a passion for wine, nature and genuine good products. Apart from Ilaria, we have a great team in Montemaggio. Montemaggio is small so a lot of responsibilities of different people overlap greatly, specifically when we are facing some hardship like sudden drought or maybe when vegetation grows greatly and we need an extra pair of hands in the vineyards. And everyone is very happy to help with whatever needed. It took us a long time to form the team, but now I can finally say that everyone works together with great passion, responsibility, and care: My father, Edoardo, Said, Haseeba (Said’s wife), Luciano, Edzgon, Susanna, Francesco and myself. Myself, Ilaria, Edoardo, and Francesco - carry out tours and tastings. I often do it in Russian and English, Ilaria usually take care of them in Italian, English, and French, and Edoardo in English and Italian. All workers and everyone who is working in Montemaggio get paid by Montemaggio. We have “indefinite” contracts with Edoardo, Susanna, and Ilaria (that's how it is called in Italy - contratto a tempo indeterminato). The other employees have renewable contracts every year. In Montemaggio we do composting and it has been my focus in the last couple of years and it perfectly resonates with a zero-waste strategy we are aiming at.
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Technical information
Address
Montemaggio, Siena, IT
Altitude
450-600m
Team
4 women and 5 men
Size
70ha
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
Rain
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