2010 Azienda Agricola Mutta Massimo – Merlot – IGT Veneto

Memories from a winery visit

Almost two years ago, I visited the small city of Padua in Northern Italy. We stayed at a guest house located in the country side. Right next to where we stayed was a small winery and by small I really mean small.  Of course I decided to visit them. Azienda Agricola Mutta Massimo cultivates mostly Pinot Bianco, Merlot, and Pinot Nero. The winery also produces sparkling wine from Chardonnay grapes. All wines are produced with certified organic grapes. The wines can only be bought directly at their estate and  at a few surrounding Enotecas.

2010 Azienda Agricola Massimo Mutta - Merlot - IGT VenetoAfter a wine tasting at the winery, I decided to buy four or five cases of wine. That is one fine benefit of traveling by car. I do not remember the exact prices per case but it was pretty affordable. Maybe 25€ per case. A few days ago, I drank the last bottle of Mutta Massimo’s ‘Merlot’ (2010 vintage). The wine is produced with 100% Merlot grapes which aged in stainless steel tanks. The wine is classified as IGT Veneto.

Tasting notes Mutta Massimo ‘Merlot’

In the glass, ‘Merlot’ had an intense ruby red color. The bouquet was very intense and fruity. Mostly Raspberry and ripe cherry but also hints of strawberry and pepper. 13% was the label listed Alcohol by volume.

On the palate, the wine was dry and fruit-forward. After taking a sip, I noticed a warm feeling. The wine can be described as “easy-to-drink”. The wine was soft with mellow tannins. Mutta Massimo’s ‘Merlot’ had a medium-long finish and an elegant, fruity aftertaste.

3 / 5 stars      

Parting words

This wine has an excellent price-quality ratio. Maybe 4€ or 5€ per bottle. Regular readers of this blog already know that I usually stay away from very cheap wine but one should not forget that buying wine directly from the producer is always cheaper than buying it at a wine shop! Therefore do not be afraid of trying cheap wine from time to time. In general though, I would say that good wine comes with a certain price tag.

Azienda Agricola Mutta Massimo only sells their wines in cases of six bottles each. I am already debating when to visit the winery again. Maybe after VinItaly. It is only an hour drive from Verona to Padua. What is your favorite “cheap” wine? Already looking forward to your answers.

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19 comments on “2010 Azienda Agricola Mutta Massimo – Merlot – IGT Veneto”

  1. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Wow what a price!
    The wine sounds so much better than €5. I’m amazed that this is even possible. I have yet to find a good wine for under $20 over here..
    Your new rating system makes it so much easier for me to understand how much you really recommend a wine 😉

    • vino in love Reply

      You are so right. The wine is much better than the average 5€ wine. Sorry to hear that you have difficulties to buy affordable wine in the US 🙁

  2. theducksong Reply

    I don’t think i tried Merlot from Italy before. Maybe once from Tuscany – don’t remember anymore.
    What a steal that was.
    My favorite cheap wine comes from an Austrian winery that is specialized in Gruner Veltliner (a white wine).

    • vino in love Reply

      Both regions produce quite a lot of Merlot but I believe that Tuscany is more notable for it.
      Grüner Veltliner is one of my favorite white grapes. I love the mineralic touch of the Grüner Veltliner

  3. winetalks winetalks Reply

    Buying wine directly at the winery is the best way. Thanks for sharing this. I will probably never get to try this wine but hey never say never 🙂
    If you visit Muta Massimo again then be sure to drink a glass for me, too!
    I haven’t had any affordable wines that I liked in the United States. The wines that I like often sell for $30-$100.. : (

    • vino in love Reply

      Frank, I agree with you that purchasing wine from the vintner is an good option. it saves money and it’s fun to meet the vintner. Sometimes they even show you the vineyard and so.
      I’ve noticed that you tend to buy rather expensive wines but hey I heard that wine in the US is in general more expensive than it is in Italy.

  4. talkavino Reply

    Sounds like a QPR winner to me! It is hard to name a cheap wine which constantly cheap and constantly good – that is the rarity in US. Also, again in US, the wine at the winery in a lot of cases cost either the same or more than in retail shop, unfortunately – situation is totally different in Europe, especially when you are talking about small wineries, but in US this is not the case. The only “good buys” at the wineries are the wines which are not sold through retail – then you can find something interesting, but it will never be “bargain price”. Actually, come to think of it, today the “bargain price” leader in US for the red wines is Spain… lots of gems for $7.99. Portuguese reds ( and whites) will be also right there in that “bargain” category.

    • vino in love Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Anatoli.
      I didn’t know that the situation is so different in the US. I assumed that wineries would sell their wines cheaper at the estate, too. At least it would make sense to me since there are less costs involved when purchasing a wine directly from the producer.
      Interesting and a little bit weird to see that an imported wines have a better price-quality ratio than local American ones. Especially since the US produces so much wine themselves.

      • the winegetter Reply

        I agree with Anatoli on bargain wines that offer good quality in the US are usually Spanish or Portuguese. And yes, it is also my experience from checking out wineries that the wines are as expensive, if not more expensive, at the winery as compared to retail. It really is not comparable to Europe.

        • vino in love Reply

          Oliver,
          Thanks for your comment. From a winery’s point of view I think it would be a good business idea to sell wine cheaper there 😉
          Well then next time you guys visit Europe make sure to buy wine directly from a winery.

  5. Sean P. Reply

    I wish I could buy wine for 5€/bottle. I once bought wine at a winery in Languedoc,France. Was the best price-quality ration wine I ever tasted : )

    • vino in love Reply

      Sean,
      Thank you for commenting. What are the current prices that you have to pay for wines at the winery or do you mean that you don’t have the chance to buy wine there?
      Languedoc produces so many different types of wines. Everything is possible there.

  6. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    Sounds like a steal! I can’t think of any wine that is cheap and good. Most wines for under $15/$20 are just awful. I never even saw wineries selling wine at their estate. That seems pretty cool though. Driving up to their vineyards, loading the trunk full with amazing, cheap wine. That would be a perfect world. I’ll keep dreaming then : -)

  7. Suzanne Reply

    I have never had an Italian Merlot, at least I don’t think so, I wish I could get my hands on a bottle of Mutta Massino, I have not been to many wineries here in the states but have visited Channing Daughters in Long Island and the price of the wine is the same if not a little higher than the retail stores. I am sure there has to be some deals to be had at wineries though. When I lived in Naples I remember buying wine straight from the barrels, I lived near the winery that produced Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio and enjoyed that wine daily. It was incredibly inexpensive but very good. Wine in the US is quite expensive and I generally pay over $20 a bottle regularly, Anatoli is correct you can find some Spanish or Portuguese wines that are quite good and are a “bargain”.

    • vino in love Reply

      Suzanne,
      Thanks for stopping by! Although Merlot is produced in large quantities, it is often hard to find a “pure” Italian Merlot. That is, because Merlot is found in blends. Some wineries use up to 10% Merlot for Chianti for example.
      When I lived in Bologna, Italy, I did the same thing you did. Went to a local winery and bought wine straight from the barrel. I enjoyed doing that so much 🙂
      Well to be honest I usually pay €15/$20 per bottle, too but here it is sometimes possible to find good wine for under €10 in wine shops.

  8. drinkforlife Reply

    Thanks for sharing your insides on cheap, good Italian wine. I never drank Italian Merlot but I am looking forward to do so when opportunity arises.
    That said I usually pay $25+ for a good bottle of red wine and $20 for a decent white wine.. Prices here are horrible. Sometimes it’s a real ripoff when I compare the prices with other countries with Wine Searcher.

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