Montecalvi is an estate of ancient origin, situated just above the town of Greve in Chianti in central Tuscany. Wine has been made at Montecalvi since the 1400s. Montecalvi was for centuries part of the Castello di’Uzzano estate, originally owned by Niccolò da Uzzano, a Florentine politician in the Medici era, and latterly owned by Don Briano Carlo Maria Castelbarco-Albani Visconti Simonetta dei principi di Montignano (the Count Castelbarco). It was farmed throughout this period according to the mezzadria system, by which local farmers farmed the estate for, and shared the year’s harvest with, the castello.
Montecalvi became an independent estate in the 1980s, when the Count Castelbarco sold the villa and vineyards to the Bolli family, who restored the main villa (from the 1700s) and the hayloft (1400s), and extended the vineyard area. The Bollis achieved great success over many years, with a number of notable awards, not least tre bicchieri from Gambero Rosso.
Montecalvi is now owned by the Drake family, owners of Collalto in the Adelaide Hills region of Australia. We have set about upgrading and updating the vineyard, restoring the old vines (possibly the oldest vineyard in Tuscany) and replanting with indigenous Italian varieties. We are a certified organic estate and all that we do is with an eye towards sustainable farming in the vineyard and making wines (and olive oil) that are the best reflection of our particular place in our particular part of Tuscany.
Our first rate team:
Our winemaker is Tim Manning. Tim’s winemaking career spans more than two decades. During that time, he has made wine and tended vines in New Zealand, the USA, various parts of Italy and, of course, Tuscany.
Jacqueline Bolli owned and operated Montecalvi for many years and has kindly agreed to stay on as our head of sales. Jackie conducts all of our winery tours.
Yahya El Harchaoui is our vineyard manager.
Laura Vegni is in charge of our cantina.
Marco Pierruci (Agronominvigna) is our consultant viticulturalist (ie, the man in charge of the vines).