Tenuta Monteti, named after the local mountain that protects the vineyard from coastal breezes, was created by Paolo Baratta, a former Italian politician, and his wife, Gemma. Together they built this little corner of Tuscany in the southern Maremma area from scratch. Set just outside of Capalbio (which is closer to Rome than Florence), about five miles inland from the coast, Tenuta Monteti is integrated into the landscape and is certified sustainable by the Italian government.
The first vintage was 2004, released into the market in 2007.
While landscaping and planting the vineyards, the couple came across some gigantic boulders, which they extracted and which have now become a beautiful symbol of the estate. Without a frame of the DOC or any old local tradition, the Barattas could be creative and truly themselves. Planting varietals such as Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Paolo and Gemma proved Maremma to be a true Cabernet contender, ranking alongside Napa and Bordeaux. The wines showcase a real polished and elegant perspective of a familiar varietal and unique sense of place