What Makes Montefili
The Story of Montefili
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Vecchie Terre di Montefili means ‘old lands of Montefili,’ Montefili being the name of the hill where our vineyards lie. These are truly ancient lands with deep roots and stories to tell that have passed hands over the years, from Romans to Monks, and eventually to us.
The Montefili Timeline
Two-Thousand Years of Evolution
In 700BC the Etruscans made this strategic position their home, taking in the wide panoramic view along the Etruscan road that led from Volterra to Fiesole.
Centuries later, the Romans built a military settlement here, and the Filippi family gave this place its name Montefilippi - the mount of the Filippi- later shortened to Montefili. This noble Roman family built a mighty stone castle on this hilltop, a jewel in their crown for all to see.
The monks resided here for 200 years, making their wines and practicing their faith without much interference. However, in 1260 the Ghibellines - fanatics of the Holy Roman Emperor - waged war on the area in the battle of Montaperti, destroying the castle in the process.
Records of this area from the Dark Ages are lost, but we can only imagine the battles fought and won to keep control of this highly sought after place.
Super Tuscans and the Rise of Montefili
In 1975, in the midst of this heady moment of innovation, the Acuti family inaugurated Vecchie Terre di Montefili, planting the very same Sangiovese vineyards that make our Anfiteatro today. In 1981, encouraged by the worldwide acclaim for unique Tuscan wines, they planted Cabernet Sauvignon and started producing Bruno di Rocca.
Italy's First Organic District
The New Era of Montefili
Montefili had everything they were searching for and more: terroir, a sense of belonging, great grapes, and, better still, a pure place to fall in love with, somewhere they wanted to just be.
With ambitious plans to preserve the sanctity of this land, while projecting it into the future as a phoenix rising in the Chianti Classico zone, the three employed the talents of a young, pioneering winemaker: Serena Gusmeri. Her first vintage in 2015 received worldwide critical acclaim - something special had begun to take root.
Vecchie Terre di Montefili casts a long shadow. It is a tree with the deep roots of a thousand hands past; its DNA holds the codes to create thousands of future leaves. We find beauty in the fact that no one on this tree-chart is important on their own. They are but one leaf of that ancient tree that continues to grow year on year.