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Montesecondo

Montesecondo

Silvio worked in the wine business in New York until he moved back to Italy in the 1990's to take over his family farm, Montesecondo, in the village of Cerbaia in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany.

Silvio's father purchased the property back in 1963; besides olive groves and forest, there were vineyards whose fruit was sold to the local co-op. Silvio bottled the estate's first wine in 2000 from their vineyards of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Silvio used chemicals in the vineyard at first but could feel the toxic effects on his body and converted the farm to organic by 2003; that same year, inspired by a seminar with Savennières's biodynamic icon Nicolas Joly, he began the conversion to biodynamics. Silvio saw a nearly-immediate and marked difference in the balance of his vines and wines; as a result, he stopped selling off any portion of his family fruit in bulk in the 2005 vintage.

To this day, Silvio makes wines with fruit from two different vineyards which have the same type of grapes but are different due to the climate, the soil and exposure to the sun. The first is positioned in a lower area, with clay and marl soil which produces warmer, more mature and fleshy wines. The other, located at 500 meters above sea level, where the soil is prevalently limestone and drains well, produces wines that are fresh and crisp, with a more pronounced acidity. Sangiovese from both goes into all of his reds (with the exception of the Il Rospo Cabernet).

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