Below are frequently asked questions regarding Montemaggiore in general. You may also have more specific questions about Wine & Olive Oil, Orders & Shipping, Visits to Montemaggiore, Wine Club Membership, and our Estate Vineyards.
- How is Montemaggiore pronounced?
- What is so special about Montemaggiore?
- What is Montemaggiore's mission?
Montemaggiore is an Italian word pronounced "mohn ta ma JOHR ray". Translated into English, the name means great mountain—"monte" means mountain and "maggiore" means great, or major. Montemaggiore is also the name of the town in southern Italy that is our ancestral home. We thought the name was fitting because it reflects the steep mountainside of our Sonoma vineyards while paying homage to our Italian heritage (along with the Italian heritage of California wine industry).
By the way, when pronouncing "mohn ta ma JOHR ray", you will roll your Rs better if you wave your hands like an Italian.
Here at Montemaggiore, we believe small is better. Thinking small means that we focus on one varietal, Syrah—we can research, experiment, learn and perfect the growing and vinification of Syrah. Thinking small means utilizing small-production mountainside grapes—the steep slope of our estate vineyards naturally yield small grapes in small quantities with big flavors. Thinking small also means taking small steps every day to reap big rewards in the future, which is why we farm in a sustainable, organic, and Biodynamic® manner. Lastly, thinking small means producing small lots of wine that are vinified separately and blended for the optimal flavors.
We are a small team, Vincent and our full-time worker do everything in the vineyard, while Lise along with an occasional harvest helper does everything in the winery. We never want to produce more than 2,000 cases, which allows us to get our hands dirty and engage all our senses, thus making exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Dry Creek Valley.
Montemaggiore's mission is to consistently produce world-class Rhône-inspired wines and olive oils from our Dry Creek Valley estate using Biodynamic farming practices. Our goal is to produce exceptional wines vintage after vintage, which is very attainable with our mountainside estate grapes. We promise to be good shepherds of the land, and grow grapes and olives in a sustainable manner without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Ultimately, we aim to produce wine that you are proud to share with your friends and family.