The "Azienda Agricola Montelio" is located in the municipality of Codevilla in the province of Pavia in the Italian region Lombardy
, A property "Montelio" was owned by the Benedictine
"Monastero del Senatore" mentioned, which often housed Emperor Friedrich I. Barbarossa (1122-1190). It was acquired by the current owner family in 1803, the year of foundation of the wine-growing business is 1848. The great-grandfather of the current owner Domenico Mazza created the brand of the business as well as the special bottle shape that is still used today for Riserva wines
is used. The company is now run by the seventh generation of families by Caterina & Giovanna Brazzola, Alberto Faravelli is the cellar master and Mario Maffi the oenologist. The vineyards cover 27 hectares of vineyards, of which 22 hectares are under yield. They are dominated by a hexagonal structure on the top of the hill, from which one can see the surrounding Alps. They are planted with the white varieties Cortese, Riesling Italico, Rheinriesling, Müller-Thurgau and Chardonnay, as well as the red varieties Barbera, Pinot Nero, Uva Rara (Bonarda Novarese), Merlot and Croatina (Bonarda di Rovescala). Only our own grapes are processed.
The management takes place after KIP rules
and mulch system
, A special feature is that there are over 200 bird nests in the vineyards, which ensure natural pest control. In 2014, the "Vini Buoni D'Italia" company was awarded the "Ecofriendly" prize. The vintage of the thin out
yield-reduced grapes are done manually. The red wines mature for six to eight months in a 500 liter tonneau (wooden barrel). The product range includes various red, rosé and white wines or Frizzante and Spumante DOC Oltrepò Pavese
and IGT Provincia di Pavia. Premium wines are IGT Muller Thurgau "La Giostra", Oltrepò Pavese Pinot Nero "Costarsa" and Oltrepò Pavese Rosso Riserva "Solarolo". At Müller-Thurgau, the Cryomaceration
applied (24 hours), then the fermentation
initiated with selected yeasts. Every year 120,000 flat wines are produced, of which 8% are exported to England, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Montelio has been training at the Università degli Studi di Scienze since 2013. The winery is a member of Agriturist, Consorzio Vini Tutela dell'Oltrepò Pavese and Movimento Turismo del Vino Lombardo.