Fattoria La Massa
"Fattoria La Massa is one of my favorite estates in Panzano-in-Chianti. This tasting served as a happy reminder of why I love these wines so much. Mr. Motta evidently has that magic touch.”
La Massa is situated in the hills of Panzano, in the prestigious ‘Conca d’Oro’ (Golden Basin) of the Chianti Classico zone, where the estate has produced wine since the fifteenth century. Current owner Giampaolo Motta purchased Fattoria La Massa in 1992 and bottled the first vintage of ‘Giorgio Primo’, then sold as Chianti Classico, shortly after. Motta’s first vintage was awarded with ‘Tre Bicchieri’ (three glasses) from the prestigious Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso, and his wines have received many national and international awards since. In 1989, Giampaolo left his family’s leather business in Naples to pursue his dream of making premium wine in Tuscany. He had already fallen in love with the wines of Bordeaux, while studying chemistry at the University of Lyon in the 1980s, and would eventually meet Stéphane Derenoncourt, heralded winemaker of prestigious wineries such as La Mondotte and Canon-La Gaffelière, who became his biggest inspiration and mentor. While searching for the right place to make his dream come true in Tuscany, Motta also studied at several well-known estates like Riecine.
After he purchased Fattoria La Massa, an old vineyard right next door from Riecine, he enlisted the help of top oenologist Carlo Ferrini, and began to rebuild the vineyards, increasing vine density and planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. In his relentless pursuit to create his own style, Motta eventually clashed heads with the Consorzio of Chianti Classico, which inspired him to start producing IGT wines, rather than DOCG wines, that were driven by Fattoria La Massa's Terroir. He started working with his old mentor, Stéphane Derenoncourt in 2008, when they initiated a decade-long research project dedicated to understanding the distinct Terroirs of the area, and completely re-structured the vineyards, focusing exclusively on the characteristics of the soil, the geography and the various microclimates.
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