MONTESECONDO is an organic winery in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, Italy. Silvio Messana’s father purchased the farm in 1963. After his father died in 1978 Silvio was left in charge and, despite having failed to sell it, moved to America in 1985 to developed his career as a musician. Having moved back to Tuscany in 2004 to care for his mother, Silvio and his partner Catalina Messina took charge of Montesecondo.

TOAD LOGO The “singing” toads made them chose a prince toad as logo for their wines.

VINEYARDS Montesecondo is located north of Cerbaia, a town 15 km south of Florence. There are 20 hectares of land of which 11.5 hectares (acres) are vineyards. The soil is calcareous clay and in some points sandy. The grape varieties are Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5ha for the ‘Rosso del Rospo’) and Petit Verdot. The old vineyards are on average 30 years old and were planted with a density of 3,300 plants/hectare and yield approximately 30 hectoliters/hectare. The new vineyards were planted with a density of 6,250 plants/hectare and yield approximately 40 hl/ha.

POLYCULTURE Olives. Horses. Cover crops.

BIODYNAMICS Biodynamic practices since 2004. In 2012 the owners said they were spraying Horn manure 500, and Prepared Horn Manure 500P, but no Horn Manure 501. They were buying their preparations from Carlo Noro and Le Madre. 300-litre copper dynamiser from EcoDyn. 

CERTIFICATION 2007 First vintage with full organic certification.

RED WINES

CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG, MONTESECONDO 2008 Ripe earthy fruit, ready.1At the Natural Wine Fair, Borough Market 15-17 May 2011. 2009 80% Sangiovese + 20% Canaiolo & Colorino. Aged in 500l tonneaux. 10,000 bottles. Crisp, understated, good.2At RAW, London Sunday/Monday 20-21st May 2012. 2013 13 mg/l total sulfites.3Catalogue for RAW, London 17/18 May 2015. 2015 Bold likeable style.4Tasted at the Chianti Classico Anteprima, Stazione Leopolda, Florence on Monday 12th February 2018. 2016 Soft, bold, likeable.5Tasted at the Chianti Classico Anteprima, Stazione Leopolda, Florence on Monday 12th February 2018.

IGT TOSCANA ROSSO, MONTESECONDO 2009 80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo. 2010 100% Sangiovese. Steel. Clean, light, fresh, understated, good at RAW 20-21st May 2012. 2013 30 mg/l total sulfites.6Catalogue for RAW, London 17/18 May 2015. 

IGT TOSCANA ROSSO, TÏN 2013 27 mg/l total sulfites.7Catalogue for RAW, London 17/18 May 2015. 2016 100% Sangiovese. Destemmed. Fermented and left on skins for 6 months (MLF takes place on skins). Drained, pressed, and the first addition of sulfites is made. Interesting sapp texture and flavour.8Tasted at the Chianti Classico Anteprima, Stazione Leopolda, Florence on Monday 12th February 2018.

IGT TOSCANA ROSSO, PETIT VERRE D’OT The name is a play of ‘Petit Verdot’, the grape variety from which this wine is made. 2005 Sweet berry fruit, acid and alcohol, bit modern.9At the Natural Wine Fair, Borough Market 15-17 May 2011.

IGT TOSCANA ROSSO, PINOT NERO

IGT TOSCANA ROSSO, ROSSO EDEL ROSPO 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Modern oak, acid.10At the Natural Wine Fair, Borough Market 15-17 May 2011. 2010 From 1.5ha of Cabernet. Cabernet spent 3 months on skins in amphora. Nice red berry, understated, good.11At RAW, London Sunday/Monday 20-21st May 2012. 2013 47 mg/l total sulfites.12Catalogue for RAW, London 17/18 May 2015.

CONTACT Silvio Messana (339.8027720), Montesecondo, Via Per Cerbaia, 18 / Cerbaia / I-50026 San Casciano Val di Pesa (FI = Firenze), Italy / www.montesecondo.com/