MONTEVERTINE AGRETTO VINEGAR
It is with great pleasure that we introduce the Agretto vinegar from the iconic wine producer. Available in limited quantities, the Agretto is made with Montevertine's red grapes before fermentation begins, just two days after harvest. The grapes are frozen with dry ice and whisked to an artisanal acetaia in Modena, where they are transformed into the Agretto vinegar.
Though it is made in Modena, the Agretto is not a balsamic vinegar. It is not dense but rather liquid, with a bittersweet and herbaceous quality that is truly delicious. It can be enjoyed on its own, and of course, with an exceptional olive oil.
Sergio Manetti acquired Montevertine in 1967 as a vacation home for his family. Once there, he planted two hectares of vineyards and built a small cantina with the idea of producing some wine for family and friends. The first vintage produced and bottled under his supervision in 1971 was received with great praise for its quality. Shortly thereafter, he abandoned his principal activity to devote himself to producing wine at his magnificent estate.
Montevertine is now in the hands of Martino Manetti, son of Sergio, who remains dedicated to the style and philosophy of his forebears. The seamless transition from father to son, so critical to maintaining Montevertine’s tradition of excellence is now safely assured.
Montevertine is situated in the heart of the Chianti district about halfway between Florence and Siena, specifically 3 kilometers or so south of Radda in Chianti. Documents attest to the fact that the hilltop hamlet of Montevertine was first inhabited in the 11th century as a rural defensive fortress. There are traces of the original construction on the site today.