The Contucci family is one of the oldest in Montepulciano and has been producing wine since before the Renaissance period. The estate was one of the founding fathers of Vino Nobile as documented back in 1773.
Colli di Catone began enjoying such success that by the early 80s, the winery was exporting 90% of its production to 33 countries. In 1983, Antonio purchased Colle Gaio, where for the first time he began to produce white wines entirely from the autochthonous ‘Malvasia del Lazio’ variety. A notable quality of this wine being its extraordinary ability to age, gaining surprising richness and complexity over the course of several years.
The estate extends over 170 hectares, 20 of which are reserved for grape-growing. All grape-varieties are indigenous to the region, and are guyot-trained, with approximately 4,000 vines growing per hectare. The varieties Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese), Canaiolo Nero, Colorino and Mammolo all grow in Contucci vineyards.
Wines are vinified in the family's historic cellars dating back to the 1800's, with an average of 100,000 bottled per annum.