Fabrizio Bianchi, the heir to a solid textile company in the Gallarate zone northwest of Milan, received Castello di Monsanto from his parents as a wedding gift. From then on applying his entrepreneurial spirit and imagination, refusing to be dominated by tradition, he created a modern wine estate with international aspirations. With his daughter Laura now managing the estate, they have achieved this and created a winery whose products are internationally acclaimed but closely connected with the terroir of Chianti.
In 1962 Monsanto was the first winery within the Chianti Classico Denomination to vinify a single vineyard wine - Il Poggio - this is widely regarded as the Grand Cru of Chianti. Likewise in 1968 they eliminated white grapes from Chianti blends, also modernizing winemaking techniques and breaking from tradition, and are now regarded as responsible for the revival and modernisation of Chianti wines.
According to Robert Parker, Castello di Monsanto “serves as a benchmark for the heights Chianti can attain.”
Castello di Monsanto Chianti 'Monrosso' 2015
- #1 - Top Value Tuscan Wine, Wine Spectator
- 93 Points - Wine Spectator
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico 2015
- 93 Points - Vinous, Antonio Galloni
- 93 Points - Luca Gardini
Castello di Monsanto 'Fabrizio Bianchi' Chardonnay IGT Toscana 2014
Castello di Monsanto 'Fabrizio Bianchi' Chardonnay IGT Toscana 2015