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 already in the year 1200 as the property of Benedictine
"Monastero del Senatore" mentioned, which had often been the home of Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa (1122-1190). It was acquired in 1803 by the current owner family, as the founding year of the winery 1848 applies. The great-grandfather of today's owner Domenico Mazza created the brand of the company and the special bottle shape, which is still today for the Riserva wines
is used. Today, the company is run by Caterina & Giovanna Brazzola in the seventh generation of the family. The winemaker is Alberto Faravelli, who is the oenologist Mario Maffi. The vineyards cover 27 hectares, of which 22 hectares are under yield. They are dominated by a hexagonal structure on the top of the hill from which you can see the surrounding Alps. They are the white varieties Cortese, Riesling Italico, Rhine Riesling, Muller-Thurgau and Chardonnay, and the red varieties Barbera, Pinot Nero, Uva Rara (Bonarda Novarese), Merlot and Croatina (Bonarda di Rovescala) planted. Only own grapes are processed.
The management takes place after KIP rules
and mulch system
, A special feature is that in the vineyards over 200 bird nests are settled, which provide for natural pest control. In 2014, the company of "Vini Buoni D'Italia" was awarded the "Ecofriendly" prize. The vintage of the thin out
Yield reduced grapes are done manually. The red wines ripen for six to eight months in the 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". The Müller-Thurgau is the Cryomaceration
applied (24 hours), then the fermentation
initiated with selected yeasts. Every year, 120,000 bottles of wine are produced, of which 8% are exported to England, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Since 2013, Montelio is a training place of the Università degli Studi di Scienze. The winery is a member of Agriturist, Consorzio Vini Tutela dell'Oltrepò Pavese and Movimento Turismo del Vino Lombardo.