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A love of nature, growth, people and environment joined with a desire to produce the best possible from the land of which they were now caretakers. Montalto was opened to the public in January 2002.
Montalto provides a genuine heartland and home for its produce, a natural and sustainable expression of horticultural production, and a welcoming, peaceful and refreshing experience for the visitor. The unique combination of wine, olives, gardens, natural wetlands and sculpture evolves from this philosophy of producing with love, for love.
It is the Montalto philosophy that wine should be an expression of its origin, a representation of the best fruit produced from its site in a particular vintage. Fruit is sourced from 7 vineyards across the Mornington Peninsula, from the warmest site at Tuerong through to Merricks, Red Hill and our coolest vineyard at Main Ridge. The vineyard is planted primarily to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, varieties which shine on the Mornington Peninsula. The balance is made up of Shiraz, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc.
The emphasis is on producing fruit of outstanding quality. Care and attention to detail in the vineyard is paramount – hand-tended, well balanced vines, low cropping levels, no irrigation and the exploration and use of alternatives to chemical sprays all play their part in producing high quality fruit. Meticulous and considered winemaking is focussed on preserving and enhancing the characters from our site. Individual parcels of fruit, low suphurs, wild yeast fermintation and natural malolactic fermentation.
In 2010, Montalto moved into a new wine-making facility, converting a former apple orchard and cool-storage facility into a 250-tonne capacity winery. It was also in 2010 that Montalto appointed Simon Black as winemaker. The new facility and new winemaker mark a new chapter in the Montalto wine journey; an opportunity for the wines to achieve their full potential.