One of the most historic and storied wine regions on the planet , Tuscany, Italy is the epitome of a perfect wine countryside.
A winery dedicated to honoring the incredible winemaking history and traditions of Tuscany, Italy, specifically within the world-famous Chianti Classico winegrowing region, Fattoria Montecchio is nestled within the village of San Donato in Poggio, Italy.
The Nuti Family purchased the estate in 1973 from the famous Torrigiani family who ran a successful wine business at the property since the 1300’s. Ivo Nuti, along with his wife Maria and three sons, Andrea, Fabrizio and Riccardo, set out to restore the estate it its old splendor, renovating the main house, breathing new life into the vineyards and building a new winery to house the production operation.
Yet, Fattoria Montecchio wasn’t - and isn’t - just a winery, so the Nuti family didn’t stop there. They reopened the property’s centuries-old furnace operation which master artisans used to create a plethora of unique pieces, and they revived the olive oil press to bring olive oil production back to center stage.
The same care and nod to the past is taken in the cellar, where Fattoria Montecchio’s Chianti Classico is made in the same way it was done 400 years ago, a testament to the historic wine traditions of the estate. All of the wines are made by Stefano Di Blasi, a veteran consulting winemaker in Tuscany and actually the same winemaker behind this month’s other featured winery, Azienda Santa Lucia.
We are excited to share these exclusively-imported wines with our International Wine Club members - Cheers!
Map of the area
Region Spotlight: Tuscany, Italy
One would be hard pressed to find a region more ideally suited for wine production than Tuscany, Italy. With its perfectly mild Mediterranean climate, the region never gets too wet or too dry, too hot or too cold, and the endless sunny hillsides provide perfect locations for vineyards to thrive.
The most well-known and distinguishable varieties grown in Tuscany are Sangiovese and Vernaccia, but several other grapes including Trebbiano, Vermentino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Vernaccia di San Gimignano are grown there as well. Today, there are more than 157,000 acres of vineyards planted throughout Tuscany. With a land mass close to 9,000 square miles, Tuscany consists of a number of distinct wine regions and many subtly different climate zones when comparing the hills and valleys and their proximity to the coast.
With endless viticultural options, it’s as though Tuscany was designed specifically with wine production in mind.
Tuscany Fun Facts!
• Chianti Classico, the most famous wine of Tuscany, must be 80% to 100% Sangiovese. Other native red grapes that are typically used in blending are Colorino and Canaiolo. Chianti Classico covers approximately 100 square miles between Florence and Siena.
• There are more than 157,000 acres of vineyards in Tuscany and the region produces almost 7.3 billion ounces of wine each year.
• ‘Super Tuscans’ have evolved in the global marketplace and can be 100% Sangiovese, but are often blended with two or more varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, or Syrah.