A special project, the Mons Jovis
The production area of Mons Jovis
Mons Jovis is a Sangiovese wine that comes from the hills of the Rimini hinterland. The vineyards stretch between the towns of Coriano and San Clemente and this is the area of production that best expresses the profile of Sangiovese riminese. They are the areas of the first hills, argillaceous and affected by its proximity of the sea. Here the clay is of yellow ochre colour and these soils give the wine concentration and elegance.
Historically the vineyards of Sangiovese of the Rimini hinterland have large grapes, but the clay of these soils and its ability to confer strong heat to the plant in the summer, have made the grapes small and crispy and of a deep red colour. The ensuing wine has potency, a fruity taste, round tannins and is purplish red.
Le Rocche Malatestiane has decided to dedicate a project of refinement in the caves of Santarcangelo di Romagna to this wine with its strong territorial character, for 19 months in barrels and oak barrels.
The caves of Santarcangelo
Santarcangelo di Romagna, a medieval village that is situated on Monte Giove, since ancient times has been known for the network of tunnels dug by man in the sandstone, between the sixth and fifteenth centuries, and used for storing wine and food . A system so prevalent during the Middle Ages that they dubbed the local red wine "the blood of Jove" (the "Sanguis Jovis" became Sangiovese), as it comes from that system of tunnels, that the ancient inhabitants of the village called the ‘veins of Monte Giove’.
The restoration of the caves as a place for storing wine came thanks to the intervention of Le Rocche Malatestiane with the restoration of a portion of those caves returning them to their original purpose of aging the wine Sangiovese Mons Jovis DOC Colli di Rimini 2011.