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: $90.00 – 120.00
    (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: 2017 Sinistra & 2018 Teroldego November 5th, 2022

Sinistra, a blend of Teroldego and Barbera, is Italian for “Left”, so named because I am left-handed (which Julianne is always quick to add, explains many things). Teroldego and Barbera both bring very different strengths to the table, and for this reason, they don’t always initially play well together. I age the two wines separately for my typical 24-36 months, determine/create the blend, then put the blend back in barrel for another 12 months to give them time to work out their differences of opinion. Another 12 months in bottle (yes, that all adds up to at least 4 years)…well, you can see for yourself. This wine exhibits subdued fruit on the front, subtle earth tones in the mid-palate, and good structure in the finish. Only 120 cases produced.  $35/bottle ($28/bottle to CPWS members) 

Silver Medal – 2022 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition

 

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 is our first all Chicago Park grown Teroldego. In 2015 I planted a quarter acre here on the estate, and a full acre at the Wabash Avenue Vineyard, about a mile from here. Blackberries in the mid-palate, medium to big bodied, not as dry on the finish as my Teroldego typically is, although it does have some backbone. 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

 

Gold Medal / 91 Points ~ 2022 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.


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