Rosso di Montalcino, made with 100% Sangiovese grapes like Brunello, is another expression of the tradition and terroir of Montalcino.
Rosso di Montalcino is deep ruby red in colour. It is medium bodied with a good concentration on the mid-palate. Elegant in the mouth, it is well-balanced with tempting flavours of red berries, violets, menthol and earthiness. A generous wine with smooth, velvety tannins that will satisfy all Sangiovese lovers. The perfect companion at mealtimes, it is ideally paired with red meat, veal, bruschetta and all kinds of cheeses and pasta dishes.
Produced from the same grapes as our Brunello, but with a different vinification process and aged for only six months in ‘third use’ casks, this youthful wine possesses personality in abundance, typified by lively fruit and a fresh appeal that makes it suitable for all occasions, formal and informal.
100% Sangiovese. Cold maceration, fermentation in stainless steel tanks. 15 days of maceration on the skins. 9 months ageing, 50% in 500lt French oak barrels (used), 50% stainless steel tanks
The name of our estate, an ancient property situated on an old paved Roman road dating back to the Etruscan era, is La Màgia with the accent on the first ‘a’, although the similarity with the Italian word for magic (‘la magìa’) does cause a certain amount of confusion. Not that we are complaining!
Actually the name is just as likely to be a derivation of ‘magione’ a Tuscan rendition of the French ‘maison’, since the building was originally a resting place for wayfarers and pilgrims.
Indeed anyone looking down the valley towards the noble abbey of Sant’Antimo, directly below our vineyard, is bound to experience the sheer magic of this hallowed place.
No wonder the Schwarz family were so overwhelmed by the location 40 years ago that they decided to change their lifestyle and put down roots here.
In 2011, Harald Schwarz handed the baton to his son Fabian, who had attended the Istituto Agrario San Michele all’Adige, the most prestigious oenological college in Italy, where students benefit from incomparable teaching staff with a commitment to research and development.
This professional training equipped Fabian to become the driving force at La Màgia, responsible for the agronomy and wine-making policy of the estate, as well as handling the entire commercial and marketing side of the business.
Meanwhile, the next generation, are already showing a keen interest which certainly bodes well for the future.
From their connections at the Istituto Agrario San Michele all’Adige, a professional network of teachers and former students, now producers, has developed, providing a mutual support system from which everyone benefits. This is especially helpful on production issues.
In this spirit of co-operation, a warm welcome and hospitality are always offered to student winemakers from all over the world, with the involvement of a number of universities and participation in a number of pan-European projects.
The wine harvest is the culmination and celebration of every new vintage, a time for sharing and enjoyment.
This exchange of experiences is a wonderful opportunity to explore new pathways that lead to continuous improvement for all concerned.
Such a magnificent and generous terroir deserves to be cared for and protected with total passion and respect.
The terrain is mostly stony but with sufficient lime and clay to retain water in the subsoil, guaranteeing nutrients even during prolonged periods of drought.
The crowning glory of La Màgia is the forty-year-old vineyard, covering 15 hectares in a single block and planted entirely with Sangiovese grapes – exclusively registered as Brunello.
This unique parcel of land dominates the valley at a height of 400-450 metres and faces south-east.
Our Bio/Organic certification is the result of forty years of commitment and professional expertise, always showing respect for the integrity of the terroir. The benefits of this approach are evident in the range of exceptional wines, unique and unrepeatable.
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