Spring 2023 Hours
We will be open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5pm
(last pouring starting at 4:30pm).
Can American Wineries do Justice to Italian Varietals?
By Paul Gregutt, December 3, 2022
We are currently pouring some very interesting and compelling wines, come visit us this weekend! No reservations required. Cheers, Mark Henry
Mark Henry is the owner, vineyardist and winemaker. Julianne Henry’s official title is “Wine Muse”, a designation that belies her efforts at keeping things under control. Together, they welcome the opportunity to walk you through the vineyards, fountains, “go-ahead, pick some” herb garden and, of course, the winery.
A true Garagiste, the estate home and winery are one-in-the-same. In the winery, Mark takes his cue from the esteemed wines of Montalcino, Tuscany. Long, slow fermentations using special Tuscan yeasts, extended macerations and barrel aging all play to the strengths of Sangiovese and Aglianico grapes.
Join the Chicago Park Wine Society
The Chicago Park Wine Society is a special release club, offering exclusive opportunities to sample and purchase pre-release and limited release wines.
Club Members also receive a 20% discount on all of our other wines – this means you are paying $13.50 for our multiple-award-winning Sierra Bella!
Your commitment is 2 bottles each of two different wines, four times a year. Join the club and enjoy wines nobody else makes, or can obtain.
We’d Love to Have you Visit Us Soon!
Tasting Room days & hours
Our WINES & TASTINGS
As anyone who has ever visited us will tell you, sampling wine at Montoliva is a unique experience, as we go into a great deal of detail about the grapes we grow and the wines we make. This takes some time, and for this reason, we cannot begin a pouring session after 4:30pm (otherwise we are wrapping up at close to 6, which cuts into family time). We are pouring:
2021 Sierra Donna (Falanghina, Vermentino blend)
2020 Sierra Bella (Sangio, Teroldego, Barbera, Primitivo blend)
2019 Estate Mark’s Magia (a classic Puglian blend of Primitivo and Negroamaro)
2019 Nero d’Avola
2019 Estate Negroamaro
2017 Sinistra (Teroldego, Barbera blend)
2020 Rubato (a late harvest blend of Barbera and Aleatico)
More weekends than not, we also open something we’ve found in our case storage, usually something we’ve forgotten about, and maybe have a case or two of. This upcoming weekend, that is likely to be either our 2012 Sinistra (a Teroldego/Barbera blend), or our 2013 Aglianico. We only open one each weekend, so it may not be available for sampling by Sunday afternoon.