Montoliva Wine & Vineyards
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
- 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
- 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.
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 Due Baci (blend of Sangiovese & Aglianico)
2016 Sinistra (blend of Teroldego & Barbera)
Next Release: 2017 Teroldego & 2017 Nebbiolo 4 August 2021
Teroldego is Italian for “Gold of the Tyrol Hills”, aptly named as it is mostly grown in the regions of South Tyrol and Trentino. This may be one of more complex Teroldegos I’ve produced. I suppose that makes sense. From 2012-2016 we got minimal rain, then in the winter of 2016/17 it deluged. The nose of this wine doesn’t express as much earth as my Teroldego typically does…almost more of a leather and wood. Unlit cigar maybe. Blackberries in the mid-palate, medium to big bodied (Rubenesque!), finishing fairly dry, of course. Renowned wine critic Dan Berger describes our Teroldego wine as “very highly recommended, an impressive entry and a rich palate”. Wine Enthusiast magazine says “most definitely interesting…would be stellar with barbeque.” $35/bottle Chicago Park Wine Society Price: $28/bottle Silver Medal ~ 2021 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
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.