With a magnificent view of Montepulciano and Valdichiana, also portrayed in Leonardo Da Vinci’s “bird’s eye view”, the Salcheto Winery, boasting an organic restaurant, a wine bar and 6 poetic suites, is a green paradise where innovation, culture and sustainability get together in the name of Nature.
Surrounded by vegetable gardens and luxuriant Sangiovese vineyards, the Salcheto Winery is an example of sustainability thanks to a truly pioneering organic and biodynamic wine production that has its roots in the 1990s, when Michele Manelli fell in love with this timeless place and decided to transform it into an innovative wine estate.
Fond of art and culture, and sensitive to environmental issues since he was a child, Michele dedicated himself to creating a reality that was a model of efficiency in every aspect, from the scenographic “off-grid” cellar integrated with the landscape to the restaurant specializing in wild food and foraging up to the Winehouse boasting hot al fresco water tubs available to guests all year round.
Since I was a child, I dreamed of being able to do something for our beautiful planet, of giving my contribution through a new way of doing business.(Michele Manelli, owner)
The architectural project of the cellar, the beating heart of the estate, is a virtuous example of perfect synergy with the surrounding environment thanks, for example, to the vertical greenery that embraces the circular structure integrating it with the landscape, to the mirror lamps that maximize the use of natural light as well as the various recovery systems for energy independence.
During sunny days, it is just wonderful to spend time on the large panoramic terrace located on the cellar’s rooftop to savor a wine tasting or participate in the many events organized in the summer evenings.
And if you feel like staying in this paradise, the estate also includes the Salcheto Winehouse: 6 suites located in the ancient farm dating back to the 1200s in the center of the property. The decor of the rooms has been entrusted to the sensitivity of Elisa Cavani of Manoteca, a “re-design” laboratory based in Bologna, who with her unique pieces has given life to bright and welcoming environments based on recycled materials such as light wood and iron and textile complements in natural cotton and linen.
Just amazing are two outdoor hot water tubs that offer a truly breathtaking panoramic view of the old village of Montalcino as well as an authentic immersion in the beauty of these areas, an even more enjoyable experience while sipping a glass of good wine.
If the production of the winery has started with the classic Sangiovese, king on this territory, it has evolved in the last 10 years with very innovative and daring wines. From Nobile Vecchie Viti, obtained from the oldest and most important vines, to Salco, or from Riserva, bottled according to the traditional “Governo Toscano” method, to Nobile and Chianti, the variety of Salcheto’s reds is today truly wide. To be mentioned also the Obvius series that includes the Bianco, a white wine obtained from Trebbiano and Vermentino, the Rosato, a blend of 90% Sangiovese, the Giallo Oro, an original sauternes, and the Rosso, obtained only from grapes (no added sulfites, selected Yeats, tannins or whatever else) for an “all fruit” experience.
Special editions also stand out in the production, such as Tempo created in collaboration with the director (and passionate musician) Michel Gondry who, after directing video clips for artists such as Bijork, Lenny Kravitz, Daft Punk, White Stripes and films such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, has lent its hand for the creation of the beautiful labels, which have already become sought-after collectibles.
The name “Salcheto” recalls that of the stream that arises at the foot of Montepulciano and delimits the estate. On its banks, the willow plant, called “salco” in ancient Tuscan, grew luxuriantly and its branches were traditionally used to tie the vines. Today this plant, grown to create biomass useful for the estate’s energy independence, has also become the company logo shown on the packaging and labels, designed in collaboration with the artist and friend Marco Molinelli, while Daniel Zedelish has been entrusted with the image of the wine Salco, with the hands representing the two crus of the homonymous vineyard.
The Indigeno restaurant embodies Salcheto’s philosophy offering delicious organic recipes that use only the products of the estate and the surrounding area. From garden vegetables to goose meat, from game to homemade bread up to fish from Lake Montepulciano which, together with that of Chiusi, gives life to the “chiari“, the lakes of the Valdichiana, also drawn by Leonardo Da Vinci in his famous map of the area, called “bird’s eye view”, to define the zenithal perspective used in the representation.
Salcheto is a world full of experiences where the tasting of an excellent wine becomes culture and knowledge of the true history of a magnificent territory full of anecdotes to be discovered.
Among the vineyards of Salcheto, a real open-air museum has been created. A journey of about 45 minutes, to be done on foot, consisting of 5 stations that offer various insights on historical-naturalistic themes linked to the territory. From the evolution of Valdichiana to biodiversity, with two Insect Hotels dedicated to the species of the area, up to the history of the vines and the studies of Leonardo Da Vinci which have been decisive for the civil engineering projects that have involved this land, transforming it from marshy area to rich agricultural area.
Tastings with a visit to the winery: starting from 25 euro
Suites: starting from 130 euro per night.