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Montemaggiore Blog

We are winegrowers not professional writers, thus this blog will probably only be updated a few times a year.  In fact most of these posts either have appeared or will appear in our quarterly newsletter. Having said that, we hope you enjoy our insights on winemaking and winegrowing on a boutique level.  We welcome your opinions and questions—and even your suggestions on future topics. 

Vincent Ciolino
February 5, 2019 | Vincent Ciolino

Once upon a Vine...

A movie about a biodynamic farm in southern California reminded me of all the great adventures we've had at Montemaggiore. Full of highs and lows but ultimately our experiences farming grapevines and olive trees have been life-affirming and soul-expanding.  Continue »

Vincent Ciolino
May 15, 2010 | Vincent Ciolino

Farming with Chickens

There is a reason most farms have chickens: they work hard! Chickens are a great addition to Montemaggiore, not only do they provide eggs, but they eat bugs in the vineyard, scratchto keep the native grasses down, and improve soil fertility. We've been trying to integrate more animals into our biodynamic farm, and chickens are the latest step.  Continue »