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Tenuta Montecchiesi

The Montecchiesi wine estate has belonged to the family since 1980, when brothers Giuseppe and Dario, sons of the founder, Augusto, attracted by Tuscany’s great winemaking traditions and great red wines, decided to produce such ambitious wines as well.

History of

Tenuta Montecchiesi

This constituted a serious challenge, since purchasing this property meant that they had to give up something that was most dear to them: sell part of the land that they had inherited from their father Augusto.

Convinced of the significant winegrowing potential of Cortona, they decided to plant there other grape varieties, in addition to the already-planted sangiovese, in this way specialising in a grape variety that developments proved to be particularly well-suited to that terroir, syrah.

Thanks to the Dal Ceros’ felicitous intuitions and expertise, the estate has grown to five times its original extent, all totally planted to vineyard.
    The tenuta vineyards are planted at elevations of 260-350 metres. The soil is predominantly clay, which, alongside the contribution of a mild climate, yields superbly-structured wines of notable cellarability. The Klanis vineyard, which is the standard-bearer of the tenuta, lies on the very summit of the hill.
    The grape variety most represented on the estate is certainly sangiovese, which is native to the area, but the Dal Cero family added to this a significant planting of syrah. This variety adapted well to Cortonas’s climate, and thus the Dal Cero’s intuition led to its benefiting from ideal conditions for its development: warm summers with wide day-night temperature differentials. Also grown on the estate are varieties such as chardonnay, vermentino, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon.
    Syrah, which the Dal Cero family introduced here and which has found here its ideal growing conditions, has made it possible to produce a monovarietal wine of superb depth: Klanis. Right from its very first steps, this wine has displayed a character that attracts international accolades.

The soil is largely composed of clay sands, sandstone marl, and schists that, together with riverine-lake deposits, clays, and acquifer sediments, are the most important testimony to the hydro-geologic past of the Cortona area. With generally little calcareous content, they constitute an ideal balance between clay, silt, and sands of various sizes.


The area’s geologic structure, with fairly well-developed hills, ensures constant ventilation even in the hottest and driest seasons. These mild conditions, even in the winter, are the benefit of the nearby Lake Trasimeno, which exercises a tempering effect on the areas around it.


Sangiovese, syrah, chardonnay, vermentino, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon.


The southwest-facing aspect of the vineyards and nearby Lake Trasimeno both temper the effects of the weather. Pronounced day-night temperature differentials in spring and autumn are crucial for building up and ripening the grapes.


We utilise various vine-training systems: Guyot, spurred cordon, and the ancient bush-trained alberello. In the winter, we apply to the vineyards organic fertilisers and compost, and green manure in the spring. The oldest vineyards on the estate were planted at around 4,500 vines per hectare, and the most recent from 5,000 to 9,000-10,500. The objective of this high density is to achieve high concentrations in the grapes and self-balance on the part of the vine.

Winemaking cellar

Located in the heart of the estate, this winemaking and ageing facility is the fruit of newly-introduced approaches and of cutting-edge technology, and it embodies low environmental-impact methodologies.

we have in mind

an Uncommon Project

When the Dal Cero family turns its mind to the future, we imagine something that will have its roots deep in the past, because that is something that our grandfather taught our father, and that our father taught to us and that we will teach to our children. We are the earth we work and we are the wine we make.

On the Tenuta di Montecchiesi, at Cortona in Tuscany, a growing area recognised for its high quality, we have embarked on a project of training our vines to the alberello, or low-bush style, a traditional method that makes it possible for the canopy of the vine to enjoy a 360o exposure to sunlight. The vine’s natural, spontaneous growth is rendered even more “free” by working the soil exclusively by hand and by using no chemical additives.

This is a new way of turning back and observing the methods of the past, of supporting them with the expertise of the present, with the qualities we have achieved today.
And we have taken on an additional responsibility: we have decided to guarantee the integrity of our project solely with our own word of honour.