The villa once belonged to the Torrigiani family, from Florence, who produced wine at Fattoria Montecchio and had a successful business.
It may only have been the 1300s, but their reputation as traders in luxury goods – not just wine – had spread far beyond the confines of Florence, leading the family to set up a large base in Nuremberg: an important trade crossroads with the lucrative Russian market.
Over the years, the Torrigiani family became one of the most famous in Florence, with members occupying important positions in the Republic, but they remained on the outer circle enough to survive the advent of the Medici.
It was during the years of the Grand Duchy that the Torrigiani family really struck gold. In 1520, they bought the first palace in the city, Palazzo Bartolini Torrigiani, the first in a long line of purchases and the start of a story that would culminate in Giovan Vincenzo Torrigiani being awarded the title of Marquis, on the volition of Pope Clement XIII.
After purchasing the estate in 1973, Ivo Nuti quickly realised that he could – and must – expect more from the vines. Starting in 1997, the old vines – which had become unproductive – were systematically replaced with the best and most suitable varieties for the specific soil and climate conditions at Fattoria Montecchio: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante.
Studies were undertaken into the best growing style for each area, with spurred cordon alternating with guyot, a technique used mainly for the more recently planted vines and only with the Sangiovese variety.
We also employ green harvesting, which is done a few months before the harvest itself to ensure quality. This has been a fundamental part of rebalancing the production potential of the plants..
As is so often the case at large wineries, our vines aren’t one big organism, but a collection of different vineyards. All are located around Fattoria Montecchio, and each one has its own identity and characteristics which change based on exposure, the height of the vines, microclimate and the geological make-up of the land.