La nostra idea di gusto
The Monteloro estate sits just behind Fiesole in the foothills of the Apennine mountain range, close to Florence at an average altitude of 1650 feet (500 meters) above sea level. The property extends over 1500 acres (600 hectares), 210 of which are planted with vineyards. This is a unique area in Tuscany, an ideal terroir for aromatic white wines where Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer find their maximum expression. The clayey soil, both calcareous and stony, and the cool micro-climate give a unique character to Riesling and Pinot Blanc: wines which, in their austere and rigorous youth, show vibrant acidity but, with the passing of time, become suppler and more structured.
Our White Wine Estate
The Monteloro estate is something rather unique in the Tuscan viticultural panorama: a white wine property in a region traditionally known for its reds. The area is atypical for Tuscany: the Apennine mountain range behind the estate strongly influences the area’s micro-climate, Monteloro was a well-known summer retreat where Florentines went to enjoy cooler temperatures, seeking relief from the intense heat of the city.
Caressing the Clouds
The estate extends over a total area of 1500 acres (600 hectares), 210 of which are planted with vineyards. Much of the area is covered with pine and chestnut forests alternating with ample meadowlands. The hillside vineyards are at altitudes which range from 1500 to 1970 feet (450-600 meters) above sea level. The climate of the Apennine mountains has a significant effect on the whole area: rainfall can reach 28 inches (70 centimeters) per year, local climate is cool and there are important temperature fluctuations between day and night. These important factors determined our decision to select white wine varietals and vineyard planting began in 2002. Autumn is normally cool and sunny, allowing a slow and gradual ripening of the grapes. Winters are cold with frequent and abundant snowfalls. Studying the local environment and soil of the various sub-zones of the property led us to plant varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon, and Gewürztraminer, creating a small piece of Alsace on Tuscan soil. The vineyard plots are small in size, at times only a part of an acre, and the rows run vertically up and down the hillsides, normally on terraces or small ledges supported by dry stone walls.