A land of secular tradition. A handcrafted wine production born from Alessandro Tognozzi Moreni’s passion and heir of a history passed down from generations.
Contemaso: a wine revealing the land, the history and a lifestyle
Red and Rose
An Authentic experience of Val d’Orcia’s authentic beauty for our guests:
A choice to reclaim contact with nature and oneself.
Nestled among the fascinating Tuscan hills of the Val d’Orcia, rests the Montecucco estate, ancient adjunct to the Vivo county, and completely restored and refurbished in 2003. Its heir, Alessandro Tognozzi Moreni, passionately dedicates himself to winemaking and hospitality.
Montecucco offers absolute peace, and it naturally leads to abandon oneself fully to the rhythms, colours and flavours of nature, and the gift of an intact valley: olive groves, vineyards, maquis and a rich fauna are all around us.
Closely located, the Montalcino and Bagno Vignoli, as well as the renowned Pienza, Montepulciano and San Quirico offer entertainment and great restaurants in addition to a concentrate of world renowned historical and artistic itineraries. The wonderful town of Siena is only 50 km away.
Montecucco, with its 280 sq m floor area, can accommodate up to 8 people, and it is equipped with 4 bedrooms, furnished with the sophisticated simplicity of the true Tuscan style, and 4 bathrooms. Interiors are curated with taste and sobriety; colours, finishes and furnishings gently blend with the leading surrounding landscape.
Outside, an eating area under a generous pergola vine, next to the kitchen offers a corner of paradise to from which to enjoy a view of the valley and suggestive sunsets.
Only a few meters away, the salt water pool – 5 x 15 m – offers absolute peace and a 360 degrees view of the countryside.
Tales from the Past
The Vivo Estate has ancient origins. In the second half of the 1400s Ricciardo Cervini di Motepulciano owned large plots of land in the Val D’Orcia, in the foothills of Mount Amiata. In 1537 his son Marcello, a cardinal, bought from Pope Paul 3rd, Alessandro Farnese, the Eremo del Vivo Estate, a Camaldolese monastery founded by Saint Romuald in the 11th century, whose land adjoined the Cervini family estate in Castiglione di Val d’Orcia.
The cardinal, a fine art and architecture enthusiast, appointed several architects of the time, among them, the young Antonio da Sangallo was chosen for the realisation of the castle resting on the ruins of the monastery, uninhabited since the 14th century.
In 1555, once elected as Pope, cardinal Cervini affirmed his property of the Vivo to his brother Alessandro as a “signoria” with feudal priviledges that were officially recognised in 1559 by the Grand duke Cosimo 1st, later reconfirmed as County by Cosimo 3rd de Medici. Alessandro continued the colonisation operation started by his brother, building farms and factories, including a paper factory which remained active until the beginning of the 18th century. Up to this day, the Cervini family owns the Vivo County.
Count Tommaso Cervini, named “Contemaso” by the farmers, had managed the Montamiata estate with great passion, knowledge and farming competence. A heritage and a challenge that his grandson Alessandro has accepted with renewed commitment and enthusiasm.
Accomodation in val d’Orcia
Exclusive, comfortable, simply refined
Vigneti Contemaso Sangiovese,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Full-bodied, rounded, sophisticated
Quality Wine-Making – Tuscan Hospitality