La Massa: fruit of the earth, the spirit of man.
La Massa is a gem located in the heart of Chianti Classico, whose philosophy revolves around studying the terroir as a tool to improve the efficiency of production, from the vineyard to the winery. 27 hectares of vineyard facing south in the beautiful Conca d’Oro of Panzano in Chianti (Fi). Documents unveil the fascinating history of the wine and the oil that has been produced since the XV century; at the end of the 1700s, when it was called Podere di Massa, it became the property of the curia of Fiesole, and subsequently of the “Spedale di Bonifazio della città di Firenze”. Giampaolo Motta took over in 1992 and started a lengthy restoration project of the vineyards and wineries, in order to chase his very own dream of making it into an unreachable Paradise.
After fifteen years spent walking through my vineyards, I feel as if I am at the very beginning of a very long path of knowledge. Understanding the reactions of each specific soil to the climatic conditions is an integral part of a faithful interpretation of every great territorial reality. For a great terroir to be able to express itself at its best, it is necessary to have plenty of humility and the strong conviction of giving your all in order to minimally as little as possible what nature must bring to completion on its own. A wonderful challenge that is repeated each year, but that must never make us forget that all in all we are “fruit producers and that without a great grape there will never be a great wine”.