Montecalvi was once part of Castello di’Uzzano, the estate of the family of Niccolò da Uzzano, a Florentine politician and “Gonfaloniere di Giustizia”, an office held by one of the nine citizens who formed the Signoria in early Renaissance Florence. Castello di’Uzzano has been making wine since (at the least) the 14th Century.
Farmed for centuries as part of the mezzadria system, Montecalvi became an independent estate only in the 1980s, when the house and vineyards were acquired by the Bolli family. The Bolli family restored the villa (from the 18th Century) and the hayloft (15th Century) and set about extending the vineyard area, always with any eye towards sustainable, organic farming in the vineyard and excellence and “tipicità” (tipicity) in the wine. The Bollis achieved great success over many years, with a number of notable awards, not least tre bicchieri from Gambero Russo.
Montecalvi is now owned by the Drake family, owners of the Collalto estate in Australia and now this jewel of an estate in the historic Chianti Classico region. We are proud of Montecalvi’s history and tradition and are dedicated to maintaining them.
WHERE WE ARE
We are located in the heart of Tuscany, 30 km south of Florence, and 45 km north of Siena, in the comune of Greve in Chianti. Montecalvi’s vineyards are among the finest in the Chianti Classico area, some 250 m above sea level and with ideal south/ south-east/ south-west exposures.
Our first rate team:
Jacqueline Bolli owned and operated Montecalvi for many years and has kindly agreed to stay on as consultant and head of sales.
Tim Manning is our winemaker. Tim began his training at the renowned Riecine in Chianti, and was winemaker at Il Borghetto and later at Valdonica in the Maremma hills.
Yahya El Harchaoui is our vineyard manager, ably assisted by his brother, Hassan El Harchaoui.
Laura Vegni is in charge of our cellar.
Alberto Antinoni is our consultant oenolgist. Alberto needs no introduction.