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.
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.
Montecalvi is now owned by the Drake family, owners of Collalto in the Adelaide Hills region of Australia. Since buying the estate they have set about upgrading and updating the vineyard, restoring the old vines (possibly the oldest vineyard in Tuscany) and replanting with indigenous Italian varieties. Montecalvi is a certified organic estate and all that they do is with an eye towards sustainable farming in the vineyard and making wines (and olive oil) that are the best reflection of their particular place in their particular part of Tuscany.