Wines

Our wines have very little added and nothing taken away.
Winemaking pared down to a minimum.

Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico is Sangiovese's viticultural epicentre and Montecalvi's Chianti Classico is the beating heart of our estate. Sangiovese is one of a handful of varieties able to produce wines that express boundless complexity and abundant elegance in equal measure. This wine is made from Sangiovese from our Montecalvi vineyard, complemented by a touch of Canaiolo and Canina Nera. This wine sees around 30 days in stainless steel tank, 18 months in French oak tonneaux and six months in bottle prior to release. The wine is elegant, poised, and eminently drinkable now but with cellaring potential. This is what highly-respected wine writer, Aldo Fiordelli, says about our 2018 Chianti Classico: “An Englishman is in charge of the cellar. His name is Tim Manning and he is one of the best interpreters of post-modern winemaking; his precise winemaking skills in the cellar allowing the land to express itself. He was one of the first to bring whole-bunch fermentation back to Sangiovese. The Montecalvi 2018 is a true Chianti Classico, the likes of which we haven’t tasted in a while, pulpy and juicy but with an evident backbone, earthy and savoury typical of Greve.” This is what Antonio Galloni said about 2018 Chianti Classico: "The 2018 Chianti Classico is a dense, powerful wine of tremendous character. A blast of succulent dark cherry, woodsmoke, tobacco, licorice and incense give the 2018 its strong, assertive character. BOld and ample on the palate, with striking depth, the 2018 is a Chianti Classico that demands attention. It certainly has mine

Chianti Classico Riserva

This is our first Chianti Classico Riserva. 2018 produced a small crop of greater quality, concentration and complexity. The fruit is from our Montecalvi Alto vineyard, which we picked, vinified and aged separately. Fermented in small batches, 25% whole clusters, aged in (third use) barrique for 24 months. The wine is poised, elegant, understated – the shape of Montecalvi Chianti Classico Riserva to come. The label was painted by renowned local artist, Sandro Granucci. It is called ‘Equilibrio Ecologico‘, the sculpture of which is at Montecalvi.

San Piero

Since the late 1950s, Cabernet Sauvignon 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. Our San Piero spends around 30 days in stainless steel tank, 24 months in French oak (barrique and tonneaux), and at least 12 months in bottle prior to release. This is a single-vineyard Super Tuscan with character and elegance, ready to drink now but will improve with time in bottle and cellar.

VV

Vigna Vecchia is the wine we make from our Le Terrazze vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in Tuscany. Not just a single vineyard wine, but wine made from ancient Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo vines. Fewer grapes per vine, and especially vines of this antiquity, means more concentration, more complexity, and more character. Our VV spends 30 days in stainless steel tanks, 24 months in French oak tonneaux (second and third use), and at least 12 months in bottle prior to release. Because each of the old vines yields only a handful of grapes, we produce only a limited number of bottles of VV each vintage. We promise you that you will be taken by the sheer elegance and depth of character of this wine.

Ernesto Gentili has included the VV 2014 in his top ten Sangiovese IGTs available on the market today. He said this about the wine: “Light and transparent in colour, characterised by a graceful floral bouquet, it is very fresh, a thin green thread but elegant and slender in development. Excellent interpretation of the 2014 vintage. 92/100.”

Falstaff Magazine: “Bright, bright ruby red with slightly brick-red edge. Stressed fruity in the nose for fresh raspberries, crunch cherries and juicy strawberries. Elegant and fine on the palate, velvety against the tongue, fruity in the drink, with a long finish. A treat! 94/100.”

V - Vermentino

The Montecalvi V is a white wine introduced in 2018. Not having our own white grapes, we carefully selected both the variety, Vermentino, and the local grower so as to ensure quality and character. For this wine, we ferment one third on the skins for around one week, gently submerging the cap to ensure that the skin-contact character of the wine remains subtle and balanced. Once pressed, we blend this portion back in with the remaining wine and leave it to complete both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. After fermentation, the wine is left on heavy lees with occasional batonnage until bottling. Fresh, vibrant, citrus tones and aromatics, but with unique character and depth.