At the end of 1999 (after Silvio’s former life as a wine salesperson in Manhattan), Silvio and Catalina Messana with their sons came to live in Montesecondo, a family farm located in the village of Cerbaia in the Chianti Classico area. The vineyards had originally been purchased by his father in 1969.
The 49 acres of the farm are surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and woods, at an altitude of 150 m above the sea level.
Vineyards are planted to Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot.
Silvio was influenced by Kevin McKenna of LDM, who introduced him to Stefano Belloti of Cascina Ullivi and began converting the land to biodynamic cultivation. 2003 was the first fully organic vintage.