History & Geography
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 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. The main villa dates from the 1700s and the hayloft from the 1400s. The estate sits just north of Greve in Chianti, at an altitude of just under 300m asl. The soil is calcareous clay, sand and limestone, and the vineyards are farmed organically and sustainably. The vineyards are south/southwest facing, the ideal aspect. Montecalvi became an independent estate in the 1980s. It is now owned by the Drake family, vintners from Australia (and owners of the Collalto estate in the Adelaide Hills).
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