The VINÆMONTÆ (ex ORMÆVINÆ) project started after the historic farm in Rufina area 'Il Monte' was acquired by international investors - the family that is passionately in love with Italy, Tuscany and Florence. The purchased estate consisted of 1.2ha vineyard that was rented out by the previous owners and the old olive grove of 2,300 olive trees, many of which were not properly pruned and treated for a decade.
The new investors started a project of rehabilitation of old vineyard 'Il Monte' (25 years old) and old olive grove (the age of trees - from 30 to over 100 years). This project is still underway and is conducted on the principles of biologic farming and single vineyard ('cru') wine production. We respect the identity of Rufina geographical area and its traditions. We are committed to quality of our products and biologic farming. Our farm and our products are BIO certified. Since 2019 we became members of Consorzio Chianti Rufina.
The old vineyard 'Il Monte' (named after the name of the estate) was planted in 1995 with circa 3000 Sangiovese and 3000 Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Before VINÆMONTÆ (ex ORMÆVINÆ) first harvest in 2017 the vines were re-trained to guyot training system, as focus was changed from quantity of grapes to their quality and, thus, the quality of wine. The first wine from this vineyard - PRIMÆ IGT Toscana 2017 - was issued to our customers in August 2020. It was followed by ÆLLÆ IGT Toscana 2018 - 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine, issued in 2022. In 2023 we bottled our first 100% Sangiovese wine - VIGNETO IL MONTE TERRÆLECTAE 2020.
In 2020 new 'Quinquaginta' was planted on the historic spot where the old vineyard was extinguished a decade ago. Named to commemorate the 50th birthdays of the owners. We planted 5000 Sangiovese, 2500 Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 Trebbiano plants. First harvest is expected in Autumn 2024.
Even though these two vineyards are located in the same estate, we believe they will produce distinctly different wines due to: different elevation, exposition and soil. Our philosophy is that the wines are mainly created in the vineyards, therefore we are focused to create 'Wines of the vines' ('Vini di viti'). We work with the two main types of grapes: the 'number one' grape of Italy - Sangiovese, and the 'number one' grape of the world - Cabernet Sauvignon. Trebbiano is planted as an 'experiment' grape that could be used as an addition to the red grapes. All our red wines will be produced in very small quantities and mainly available to our customers for direct purchase from our farm.
In 2018 we launched MCMXI (Millenovecentoundici) IGT Toscana Supertuscan blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot) which immediately was recognised as a very high quality Superuscan wine in its price range. Doctor wine guide awarded its 2019 vintage with 95 points.
Our Rosé wine - GIOIÈLLÆ Rosato IGT Toscana already won Silver Medal at 2021 International Rosé Championship. This proved our belief that Sangiovese is a great grape for producing quality Rosé wines.
We are also committed to creation of Orange wine 'Vino Ambrato' - skin contact wine made with white grapes.
The legacy of our farm, the quality of our land and the expertise of our team resulted in production of ELLEIVÆ Biologico Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). This EVOO was first produced in 2017. ELLEIVÆ won Gold medals in major Olive Oil competitions: in New York (2018, 2021) and London (2019); as well in 2020 and 2021 was included into the Top 500 in the World by Flos Olei International Guide for Olive Oils. We produce ELLEIVÆ only from the olives manually harvested in our olive grove in Pontassieve area. The growth in quantity of EVOO production will only be obtained through rehabilitation and bringing back the old olive trees into production.