The Almanac

In our almanac, we share with you what is happening at Montecalvi, the ups and downs of organic farming, and our endeavours to make wine (and olive oil) that best expresses time and place. We also share our favourite recipes from our vegetable garden, and other miscellany about life in Tuscany.

Alta valle della greve 2019

For those of you paying close attention, we have reintroduced this wine into our line-up at Montecalvi. This IGT denomination tracks the valley along the Greve River, from its source on Mount Querciabella, northwards past our front gate, and onwards into the Arno. We produced an AVDG in the past and we decided that it […]

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Introducing our new white Wine

The Viognier grape is, these days, more often than not associated with France (think Condrieu and Languedoc) but it is in fact a grape of ancient origin (probably) from the Dalmatian coast and introduced elsewhere by the Romans. It is, so it is said, closely related to the Piedmont varieties, Freisa and Nebbiolo. It was almost extinct […]

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Zuppa di Farro con Olio Nuovo

Ancient grains form a very important part of the Tuscan diet. The pasta here is rarely made from highly refined modern flour, and ancient grains such as farro, orzo, kamut and polenta (coarsely ground cornmeal) are seen frequently in home cooking. These are pillars of the Mediterranean diet and when combined with seasonal vegetables, couldn’t […]

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Wine in Art, Art in Wine

Over the centuries, wine has inspired artists and poets alike with the first evidence in pictorial representations (bas-relief) of ancient Egyptian art, dating back to the fourth millennium BC. Valued for its sacral, curative and funereal value (evident in the finding of grape seeds in Egyptian tombs), wine has been depicted during feasts and ceremonies […]

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What is a Super Tuscan?

A great Super Tuscan is, without question, an unofficial star of the Italian wine scene and yet there it is no single definition of the term ‘Super Tuscan’ — largely because these wines are not defined by either grape variety or specific origin. What we can say is that Super Tuscans are red wines made […]

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The perfect Focaccia

Many food historians believe that focaccia was born with the Etruscans in North Central Italy in the days before the Roman Empire, although we can also see its roots traced through unleavened flatbread throughout the Mediterranean basin. The name, however, derives from the Roman ‘panis focacius’, a bread cooked over the ashes of a fireplace.There […]

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In the vineyard at Montecalvi

At Montecalvi, we have a little over four hectares under vine, spread across five different vineyards. Le Terrazze is our oldest and finest vineyard, planted on dry stone-wall terraces in 1932, making it one of the oldest vineyards in Tuscany. Then we have the Montecalvi vineyard (in three parcels) which was first planted to Sangiovese […]

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