Renaissance in Montecalvi

Renaissance is a word that encompasses so many aspects of Italian life. It means, as we know, “rebirth” and describes the renewal and revival of classical antiquity that marked the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity, and was developed in Florence itself around 1350.

Montecalvi underwent its own renaissance starting in 2017 when the company was acquired by the Drake family, owners of the Collalto estate in Australia. The fusion of our Australian and American origins brought us to Europe, where we have resided for more than two decades. Then our love of Italy led us to Montecalvi, a gem of an estate just outside Greve in Chianti.

Wanting to honor Montecalvi’s winemaking history, which dates all the way back to the 14th century, the last three decades under the tutelage of the Bolli family, we decided to improve and update the vineyards, restore old vines and bring attention back to native Italian varieties. The estate is now certified organic and sustainably farmed. A major renaissance has also occurred in the winery under the leadership of Tim Manning, who brings both his vast experience and artistry to the wines.