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 Dolcetto and 2019 Negroamaro May 14th, 2022

Negroamaro is Italian for “black” (negro) and “bitter” (amaro). Oddly named because the wine is not particularly dark, and it definitely is not bitter. This is our fifth Negroamaro. Strong black tea spiciness, with a hint of cinnamon. This is another obscure varietal, grown primarily in the Puglia region along the Adriatic coast. There are only about three acres of it in California, including the acre we planted in 2015. While most of our wines get a minimum of two years in barrel before bottling, I’ve found that our Negroamaro reaches the perfect balance of bright fruit and depth at about 18 months. I’m often asked if there is a better known varietal I could compare with Negroamaro; it has the color and complexity of a well-made Pinot Noir, with more of a spicy mid-palate vs the earthy tones more typical of Pinot Noir. We produced 100 cases of this rare and beautiful wine, so we will sell out of this wine fairly quickly. Silver Medal, 2022 San Francisco Chronicle 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.

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