The Montalbino Farm
Located in Montespertoli in the province of Florence, Montalbino is a small Tuscan viniculture producer. Here, the vineyards, the grapes, and the wine have been marking the local territory and people for ages; and that is why the winemaking tradition of this place is extremely important to us and represents our guiding principle during the crop management and the production of our wines. The farm has been owned by the Tinacci family since the 1990s and has 90 hectares of land, 5 of which are destined for vineyards. The Agriturismo Montalbino, which has been finely restored during the years, and the restaurant La Lombricaia are part of the farm.
After obtaining a degree in engineering in Milan, I am now fortunate at the age of 25 to be able to devote myself to my passion: winemaking. I decided to start a wine project, which, above all, is a life project. Together with my family, I replanted the vineyards with native vines where they used to be in the past and renovated the cellar in order to preserve the quality potential of the grapes and to be able to welcome my guests for wine tastings and farm visits. Every day I have the good fortune to confront myself with the work on the field and in the cellar, to know and learn the secrets of this fascinating work. This is possible thanks to the constant support of my family and of the enologist Valentino Ciarla, and agronomist Gianluca Grassi.
We strongly believe in the importance of the past and those traditions that have characterized this territory, and which, at the same time, make it as we see it and appreciate it today. Therefore, all our vine varieties are native of Tuscany: Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo and Fogliatonda with red grapes, and Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca del Chianti and Malvasia Aromatica with white grapes. The idea of being here only “passing through” leads us to conduct a type of agriculture with a low environmental impact, an agriculture that protects biodiversity and preserves the natural organic substance present in our land. Since 2008, we have been certified as an organic farm.
The distinctive and authentic character of our wines is the result of a unique terroir. From the harvest to the conclusion of the oenological processes, the intention is to limit the intervention of technology on the wine as much as possible. For this reason, the grapes are harvested by hand and transported in crates to the winery. The selection of the best bunches and grapes allows us to vinify only the best; fermentation takes place in steel vats at controlled temperature. The best wines are then aged in large barrels or barriques, in oak wood. Every year, we produce our Chianti Superiore DOCG and Chianti Montespertoli DOCG based on Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino and the Montalbino White and Red IGT wines with a blend of native grape varieties.