Lombardy, Italy


Montebuono 2016



Montebuono 2016
Lombardy, Italy

The classic blend of Croatina, Uva Rara, Ughetta and Barbera from the coolest vintage in recent memory. There is a beautiful freshness on display here and as one might expect, the wine has a relative lightness on the palate and a more pronounced mineral, herbaceous character that offers an interesting counterpoint to the intense fruit. 

Croatina, Uva Rara, Ughetta, Barbera


Giuseppe Maga’s family has been making wine since 1886.

Following in the footsteps of his father, the late, great Lino Maga, Giuseppe now carries on the family tradition.

The Magas’ vineyards cling to a very steep slope surrounded by forest in the hills outside Broni in Lombardia’s Oltrepò Pavese. Some three hundred metres above sea level, the four hectares of vines are on average fifty years old, are planted over tufo and exposed southwest. Vineyard work is decidedly old school, the Magas work by hand, avoiding the use of chemicals and come harvest time make a rigorous selection of grapes.

The wines are made the same way they always have been here. They are fermented in ancient casks with no temperature control, racked with the turn of the moon and bottled with nothing added in the spring. Unusually, the wines finish fermentation in the bottle, resulting in wines that differ markedly from year to year, something Lino always rejoiced in, wondering why others bother to put the vintage on the label when the wines always taste the same.

To taste these wines is to be transported to another time. They have an honesty, transparency and rustic charm that is difficult to find.