Montalbano area opens along the massif that branches off from the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, between the provinces of Pistoia, Prato, and Florence. It is a very gentle hilly region that does not exceed 600 meters above sea level. The landscape includes woods and cultivated areas such as vineyards and olive groves.
Here you can easily spot characteristic villas and small churches while traveling along the hilly roads. Montalbano is the home of Renaissance artist Leonardo, who was born in the small town of Vinci, near Florence.
But this place is also well-known to produce Chianti Montalbano wine. Today vineyards cover here about 500 hectares.
Chianti Montalbano is a wine with a very ancient history: according to some documents, the wine production was already active in 804 AD. under the dominion of the Franks. It developed at the end of the 13th century when the bishops of Pistoia had the wine brought as a tribute.
The soils of Montalbano range from the whitish limestone of the Alberese to the sandstone rocks of the hills to the right of the river (such as Bibbiani), up to the loose and fresh sandy loam of Vinci and Lamporecchio. It is a land particularly suitable for viticulture and home to excellent wines. Chianti Montalbano is an exclusive product, which represents about 1.5% of the total production of Chianti.