Wines

WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY

It’s Montecalvi’s intimate size that lies behind the success of our three wines. We know our vineyards like the back of our hand, helping us to tend to each, row by row, vine by vine, bunch by bunch. It is the only way we can ensure that, by the time harvest comes around, the grapes arriving in our cellar are the very best the year can bring.

Whilst our main focus is on Sangiovese, we dedicate the same amount of care to our other principal varieties, Canaiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon, and as such, all are harvested, fermented and aged separately. In this way we nurture the distinct character of each variety so that, when we finally make our blends, they become much more than a mere sum of their parts.

Our wines have very little added and nothing taken away. Winemaking pared down to a minimum. As a result, we’re rewarded with wines that show great depth, elegance and, most important of all, an unmistakable sense of place.

We have three principal vineyards, and each of our three wines comes from a single vineyard.

Le Terrazze

Our Le Terrazze vineyard was planted on dry stonewall terraces in 1932. It was planted predominantly to Sangiovese but with a little Canaiolo, and now represents one of the oldest vineyards in Tuscany.

Montecalvi

Montecalvi, planted in 1991 to Sangiovese (R23). This produces our Chianti Classico.

San Piero

San Piero, planted in 2001 to Cabernet Sauvignon, with a little Merlot and Syrah. It is from this vineyard that we make our San Piero.

Puchase Montecalvi Wines

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Montecalvi Wines

Chianti Classico

Sangiovese is one of a handful of varieties able to produce wines that express boundless complexity and abundant elegance in equal measure. Chianti Classico is Sangiovese's viticultural epicentre and Montecalvi's Chianti Classico is the beating heart of our estate. Produced almost entirely from Sangiovese from our Montecalvi vineyard, where the unusually sandy soils give an added touch of finesse to this already supple and elegant wine.

San Piero

Cabernet Sauvignon is not the first variety that comes to mind when thinking of indigenous Tuscan grapes but it nevertheless forms an integral part of the viticultural landscape of Tuscany. San Piero is a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that shows perfectly why this variety has made its home, not only in Tuscany but also here, on our estate. The darker fruit and grainy tannins are unmistakably Cabernet Sauvignon but the character of this wine is unquestionably Montecalvi.

VV

Our Vigna Vecchia is the wine we make from Le Terrazze. Not just a single vineyard wine, but wine made from ancient Sangiovese and Canaiolo vines. Each of the old, gnarled vines that remains on Le Terrazze yields only a handful of grapes — which means we produce only a handful of bottles of VV each vintage. Fewer grapes per vine, and especially vines of this antiquity, means more concentration, more complexity, and more character.