Fattoria La Massa, an estate that dates back to 1490, is today the producer of one of the best Tuscan red wines on the hills of the Chianti Classico area, not far from Florence. The farm is far away from the beaten path, hidden in the Panzano hills.
La Massa owner is Giampaolo Motta, originally from Naples in Southern Italy, who moved to the Chianti Classico area in 1989 following a passion for high quality wines. Giampaolo become the owner of Fattoria La Massa in only in 1992, after spending few years learning on the job the secrets of fine wine making. He worked for some of the most prestigious Chianti Classico producers and often traveled to Bordeaux area, a clear quality benchmark in his vision.
Since the very beginning La Massa wines earned a strong reputation both in the Italian and international markets. These wines are the result of a strong passion combined with knowledge and patience to achieve always the best out of the farm’s grapes. Over the years Giampaolo Motta has teamed up with famed technical experts such as Carlo Ferrini and Stéphane Derenoncourt to ensure quality in the whole wine making process first in the vineyards and later in the cellar.
La Massa’s vineyards are located in Panzano in the prestigious “Conca d’Oro,” the so called Golden Basin. Over the years Giampaolo Motta has conducted careful research to map and understand the distinct characteristics, or terroir, of his entire vineyard area. This allowed him to get the best results from every part of the vineyard dedicating each section to the cultivation of a specific grape in respect of soil characteristics and microclimate. Today La Massa grows grapes of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The latter being the typical Bordeaux grapes, which Giampaolo uses for his wine.
The first wine produced by Fattoria La Massa is the red La Massa IGT which is made with dominant Sangiovese grapes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The second wine created by Giampaolo Motta, and his most internationally recognized, is Giorgio Primo IGT, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot (from 2007 no Sangiovese is used for this wine). Giorgio Primo has been a surprise since the beginning, and literally changed the established Tuscan wine landscape, especially for a wine produced from an outsider. Today Giampaolo’s passion for excellence and dedication are known all over the world by connoisseurs and quality wine experts. His wines have already earned many rewards from the most important wine critics and publications such as Winespectator and Robert Parker.
What does the future holds for Giampaolo Motta and Fattoria La Massa? After completing a whole new cellar with all the characteristics to ensure wine is kept in the best conditions before getting into the bottle, Giampaolo has just created a new wine called Carla6 , named after is daughter Carla. It is a 100% Sangiovese wine and sure it will be a great success given the quality and passion behind it.
Fattoria La Massa is in Panzano (FI) in the Chianti Classico area