In the 60s the farm, then Aziende Agricole Riunite, included Il Cerro, La Rocca and La Valle and counted about 60 hectares of vineyards. As a result of the methanol scandal, the vineyards were completely cleared and the company was sold. At the beginning of the 90s the Tinacci family took over the company and acquired the part called La Valle, today Montalbino. The love for this place motivated us to devote ourselves completely to investing in the agricultural activity, in hospitality with the Agriturismo Montalbino and in the restaurant sector with the farm holiday restaurant La Lombricaia. In addition to the 5 hectares of vineyards, there are more than 2000 olive trees, woods, arable and woodland.
The vineyards, all Guyot trained, have an average altitude 250 meters above sea level and are exposed to North and West. The valley in which they are located favours an ideal microclimate for the development of the plants and the ripening of the grapes.
The right exposure allows proper sunshine for the bunches and mild, light winds from the west ensure a constant ventilation. The soils are clay-loam and have a good water retention, which is fundamental to ensure a reserve of water in summer and, at the same time, have a good drainage capacity that prevents the formation of surface stagnation. These are soils that, with their right content of organic substance, contribute to the production of structured and fine wines, the wines of Montalbino.
In 2017, we planted a vineyard as we used to do in the past, namely with mixed varieties. With 70% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo, 5% Trebbiano Toscano and 5% Malvasia Bianca del Chianti and, with acacia wood poles from our woods, the “Montalbino” Vignetta is unique. Visitors enjoy recognizing one variety from the other according to the characteristics of the leaves or bunches of grapes and we pay the utmost attention during the harvest to understand what is the ideal time to harvest according to the sugar content and acidity of the different varieties.
The historic winery has been recently renovated, so that all the varieties present in our vineyards can be vinified separately in temperature-controlled steel vats and preserved at the maximum quality potential of our grapes. The old cement vats dating back to the 1960s are no longer used for fermentation or ageing and some have been converted in a completely original way. An old 2000 hl tank, completely underground, now contains the oak barrels and barriques. Three vats, instead, have become a space where you can taste Montalbino wines. This is our winery: functionality, architecture and history in one place.