We went from the crystal factory to the Castillo Monsanto Winery.

On our drive to the winery we passed olive trees and vines.

The grounds around the castle were lush and green. The family lives in the castle.

The tasting room

A princely guardian.

These are the fossil shells they turn up when they dig into the land! The limestone and minerals from these shells benefit the wine.

The all-important DOCG map

We walked through the storage caves

These are bottles they save in a kind of museum-2,000 bottles from each vintage


Quite impressive

More saved vintages

Sculptural decoration

Each grandchild has a hundred bottles set aside from their birth year. When they turn 25 there is a present waiting for them.

Finally, the degustation. We tasted a chardonnay, a chianti classico 2009, and a cabernet sauvignon along with bruschetta, their olive oil, pecorino cheese, grapes and strawberries. The olive oil was delicious and the chianti matched the pecorino well.

Our hostess



Mark and Wink


For Meg!