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Colline di Fiesole

Fiesole hills, which extend over an area behind the city of Florence as far as the township of Pontassieve.

This hillside area is located to the east of Fiesole in the township of Pontassieve; it is delimited to the southeast by the Arno river valley between Le Sieci and Olmo and to the north by the ridge line of Mount Morello and Mount Senario. To the west, the countryside terminates where it runs into the cities of Florence and Fiesole.
The zone, which rises rapidly towards 500 meters (1650 feet) above sea level, is, in its initial stretch, heavily forested and inaccessible and then opens up to become a classic territory of high hills.
As far as viticulture is concerned, the area, previous to the planting of the Monteloro estate vineyards, was virgin territory with the exception of an occasional vine row cultivated by  families: to discover the potential of this area for the production of high level white wines is the challenge we face.


A large part of the territory is characterized by oak forests and, at the highest altitudes, by hazelnut trees; wooded areas alternate with meadows and grazing land.
From the geological point of view, the zone belongs to the Sillano formation (upper Cretaceous-lower Eocene epochs): the rocks which emerge are prevalently calcareous and the soil is rich in clay and stones.
Monteloro is an atypical area for Tuscany: the climate is strongly influenced by its position at the foot of the Apennine chain and is cool during the summer, rather cold during the winter.
Rainfall reaches 90 centimeters (36 inches) and, during the winter, often becomes snow; temperature swings from daytime heat to nighttime coolness are notable, making this a perfect terroir for white grape varieties.


The Monteloro estate is a unique spot in the overall Tuscan viticultural picture: a white wine area in a region always known previously for its red wines.
The interpretation of the Monteloro estate began in 2002 with the planting of Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc, and small parcels of Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon.
The challenge of creating unique wines for this spot, somewhat “Nordic” in character in this angle of Tuscany, is just beginning. As always, time and patience will be necessary, to allow the vines themselves to reach their proper age as well, but the road has been traced, the direction to take identified.

Christian Zulian,
Agronomist and Oenologist, the Monteloro estate.


The Monteloro Estate is twelve kilometers (seven miles) from Florence on the hills behind Fiesole, immersed in a landscape of vineyards, olive groves, and woods which house, as well, lovely villas and stone farmhouses.