Ivo Nuti of Fattoria Montecchio shares an affinity with Ivor of Tilley’s wines. For a start their Christian names are rather similar and character wise both have been described a gruff and direct, however always ready to joke!
Ivo spent his life following two passions that were, at the same time, his work and his pastime: the tanneries of Santa Croce sull’Arno and the Montecchio Estate. Likewise, Ivor has spent 50 years in the shoe and leather trade as well as importing (and drinking) wine.
In 1973 Ivo’s 40 year adventure began and today it is carried on with the same enduring passion by his wife Maria and his sons Andrea, Fabrizio and Riccardo, a family business. Ivor, too has relinquished some reins to his daughter, Annabelle.
Now to the winery itself, The Villa Padronale or Manor House depicted on the wine label is the nucleus of the estate, and is situated in the heart of Tuscany, between the provinces of Florence and Siena, at the centre of the Florentine Chianti Classico.
This splendid estate once belonged to the Marquises Torrigiani, an old patrician family from Florence. It is perhaps not a coincidence that the original activity of the Torrigiani in Florence was the wine business.
Today the estate extends to 270 hectares, 30 of which are dedicated to vineyards. This territory has the ideal microclimate for the king of Italian grapes: Sangiovese. At 300 to 450 meters above sea level and optimal exposure, this land is the perfect place to grow a strong, characterful grape.
Following the Nuti’s family inception of the wineru in the 70s, from 1998 an intense and well-structured programme of investments to bring the business to the highest levels of quality. They programmed a remake of the vineyards with new low-productivity clones, high density of plants per hectare, with a careful positioning of the rows to maximize the effect of the sunlight and to produce not more than one kilo of grapes per plant.
The grapevines are cordon trained, low and horizontally, with a limited number of buds per plant. To improve the ripening process it is fundamental to green harvest at the end of July, this process rebalances the production of the plant.View Wines from Fattoria Montecchio