The Abbazia Monte Oliveto estate, lies at the heart of an enchantingly beautiful area dominated by the ancient towers of San Gimignano. The abbey was built in 1340 by Olivetan Benedictine monks, who were experts in selecting the fnest areas for cultivating vines and olive trees. Abbazia Monte Oliveto is a magical place where wines and large oak barrels embody the very best of local tradition. Here modern technology merely preserves the outstanding quality that derives from the sun-drenched indigenous Vernaccia grapes.
Varietals: Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Name: The estate’s name is derived from a medieval abbey, which lies on top of an orchard hill.
Location: The estate is situated in the heart of the rolling hills of Siena, Tuscany. The property has a total of 35 hectares, 20 of which are dedicated to vineyards.
Elevation: 332m. above sea level
Soil: Yellow sand and clay, marine in origin with good drainage.
Climate: Continental, 4°C – 5°C in the winter and 34°C in the summer.
Training System: Cordon Spur
Vine Density: 4,000 vines per hectare
Abbazia Monte Oliveto was originally an abbey built by the Olivetan monks in 1340. The monks cultivated Tuscany’s most highly prized olive varieties: Frantoio, Moraiolo, and Leccino, as well as the fames Vernaccia di San Gimignano varietal, which proces one of the most renowned white wines in Italy. These wines have been admired throughout history; the Italian poet Dante Alighieri even praised their excellence. Over the centuries, Abbazia Monte Oliveto has remained relatively unchanged. Today, the breathtaking view of San Gimignano’s towers can still be seen from the vineyards. The Zonin family acquired the property in 1981. Since then, they have been committed to preserving this historical landmark for future generations.