La nostra Storia
Grigio da Barberino di Val d'Elsa, nato nel 1345, fu il capostipite della famiglia Griccioli (già Grigia), i cui membri ricoprirono le più alte cariche della Repubblica di Firenze fin dal 14° secolo e si spostarono in seguito a Siena a partire dal 1750. I discendenti Stefano di Grigio ed Orlando di Stefano di Grigio furono Priori della Signoria di Firenze.
Castello Di Monteriggioni
Perocchè come in su la cerchia tonda
Monte Reggion di torri si corona,
Così la proda, che’l pozzo circonda, ...
- DANTE Inferno C. XXXI -
The town was built by the Senese between the years 1213-1219, on a hillock dominating and overlooking the Cassia Rute. Its strategic position facilitated the control of the Elsa and the Staggia Valleys in direction in Florence, the historic enemy of Siena, which at that time was rapidly expanding its territory.
Monteriggioni is without doubt one of the most classical and best known Italian walled towns. During the Middle Ages, its considerable fame led the esteemed poet Dante to refer to its ’round enclosure’ in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41).
The walls, which are nearly intact, cover a length of 570 metres and are alternated by 14 towers and two gates. Porta Franca facing Siena and the Porta San Giovanni towards Florence. These structures were heavily fortified to enable secure access points. The hill on which Monteriggioni rises is natural, even if it seems like a large ‘motte’ (from the name of the classical Norman ‘Motte-and-Bailey’ castles-enclosures built on artificial hills.). The almost perfectly circular layout of the walls was achieved by simply by following the ground s contours.
The military building work appears physically distinguished from the inhabited area, which, although confined within, was set apart due to the concept of a territory of respect. In medieval times the inhabited area was more extensive than today and consequently had a narrower band of separation. Today the suburbs are essentially authentic.
The only changes to its structure occurred in the earlier years of the 16th century when, in response to developments in weaponry, the towers were lowered and earth was accumulated at the base of the walls to create a bastion.
La tenuta di MonteChiaro
The Montechiaro' s villa was built in XVII century by Bianchi Bandinelli' s family and later the Griccioli's family acquired it thanks to the motherly branch. The building has an imposing dimension: the front, which overlooks the big garden, is composed of two floors decorated with frames. In the middle of the front is located the main door, set within a semicircular arch. The building conserved the same appearance from the age of Romagnoli, who painted the villa with the garden and the adjacent grove. The estate also has a small neo-classical chapel. The front of the building is defined by a tympanum and columns.
Montechiaro Estates is located 10 km from Siena. It lies on 160 Ha of land, 10 of which are vineyards surrounded by 2000 olive trees. All the farmhouses have been restored on the edge of a small 17th century village, centered around a family villa. These houses were renovated and furnished with special care to preserve the wooden beamed ceilings and tiled floors. The panoramic views are outstanding, particularly the view of Siena in the distance and the panoramic view of rolling hills with vineyards and olive groves.
Wine producer & sommelier
winemaker, chef, photographer
Since 2005 the company has been managed directly by Alessandro Griccioli, Sommelier & Official Taster AIS (Italian sommelier Association), who took the reins following his completion of the prestigious MBA in Wine Marketing & Management INSEEC Bordeaux. Recognising the potential of the estate, Alessandro implemented a general modernisation of the traditional company structures and established the new brand Montechiaro ANNO DOMINI 345.
As a passionate wine producer, chef, qualified Sommelier (Wset, Ais), and photographer, Alessandro opens the doors of the 'family owned' Small Boutique Organic Winery in Chianti.