Montoliva Wine & Vineyards

Wine Club

Chicago Park Wine Society

A special release club, offering exclusive opportunities to sample and purchase pre-release and limited release wines.

Join the Club

Chicago Park Wine Society

You’ll get access to wines designed exclusively for Chicago Park Wine Society, plus:
  • Receive sample shipments of two bottles of two wines
  • 20% off ALL Montoliva Vineyard & Winery wine purchases (This means you are paying $11.99 for our multiple-award-winning Sierra Bella!)
  • VIP Status for events and advance notice for harvest and winery activities
Shipping is free on orders of 6 bottles or more. Hint – top up your upcoming release by 2 bottles, and I’ll send it to you with no shipping charge.
  • Cost per Shipment: $80.00 – 110.00 (not including sales tax or shipping)
  • Number of Bottles per Shipment: 4
  • Frequency of Shipments: 4-per-year scheduled for Feb, May, Aug & Nov.

More Information

About the Wine Society

About Our Wine & Production

Montoliva Vineyard & Winery is small.  In fact, we are small by “Small” standards, most years producing less than 1,500 cases.  And boy, do we love making wine from unusual, hard-to-get varietals.  I’m talking Dolcetto, Aglianico, Teroldego, Negroamaro. Really obscure stuff. And we also produce a few proprietary blends that like our Due Baci, a Sangiovese/Aglianico blend and Sinistra blend. With most of these wines, the production is very limited, generally not much more than 100 cases.  Most of these wines never see the light of day.  They are essentially made for our wine club members. 

Previous Club Releases

Still available for purchase
2016 Teroldego
2018 Negroamaro
2016 Due Baci (blend of Sangiovese & Aglianico)
​2016 Sinistra (blend of Teroldego & Barbera)

Next Release: 2019 Mark’s Magia and 2019 Nero d’Avola August 6th, 2022

In only its seventh vintage, Mark’s Magia has quickly become a favorite. It is an interesting wine to make, our
Negroamaro is generally ready to drink earlier than most of the wines we make, and when we blend it into our Primitivo, it seems to transfer that quality to the finished blend. 18 months in barrel and 6 months in bottle, while typical
for California reds in general, is pretty quick for us. With this vintage I increased the percentage of Negroamaro, bringing out a bit more of the black tea and clove spiciness in the mid-palate. This is a classic blend of thePuglia region of southern Italy.  Best of Class, 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 
Only 115 cases produced.  $35/bottle ($28/bottle to CPWS members)

the Judgement of Chicago Park

Here at Montoliva Vineyard & Winery I have a fairly intense focus on Italian varietals, particularly central and southern Italian varietals. You can read more about why this is here. The varietals I work with are all Italian, my approach to winemaking approximates the central Italian winemaking style.

That being said, no Italian winemaker would ever mistake my wines for wines grown and produced in Italy. While the geology and climate here is similar, they are not exactly the same, and this is reflected in my wine. So, how exactly do my wines stack up against their Italian counterparts?

Most of you are familiar with the so-called Judgement of Paris that occurred in 1976, and was immortalized in the highly fictionalized movie “Bottle Shock”. Well, meet The Judgement of Chicago Park. Periodically I sit down with one of my wines, and one or more of their Italian counterparts. There is no pretense of impartiality. I make wines that I like, so there is an inherent bias. It is fun, nonetheless.

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