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It was 1980 when Pier Luigi Neri inherited a farm in Liguria, one of the smallest regions in Italy (5,420 square kilometers) overlooking the Ligurian Sea, bordering France to the west, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna to the north, and Tuscany to the east. This is how the Neri family came into possession of a big 19th century house with a large piece of land, a small paradise in the countryside of Sarzana, in the eastern part of Liguria, which over time has become one of the most appreciated wineries of “Colli di Luni” - a registered designation of origin area - Il Monticello.

Il Monticello produces a varied and complete range of wines: whites, reds, a rosé, a passito wine, and finally grappa.

Italy is the country with the greatest biodiversity in the world: unique landscapes, from the sea to the mountains, from the river environment to the highest peaks, from historic villages clinging to sheer ridges to sandy beaches and rocky shores, and amazing cities of art.
Il Monticello boasts a particularly convenient position. It is located between Pisa, a Tuscan city rich in history and culture, and the charming villages of the Cinque Terre, whereas behind it the Apuan Alps – “guardians” of the famous white Carrara marble - rise majestically.

Over time, the winery has combined ancient farming knowledge with recent production needs, in a delicate balance between past and present, inspired by sustainability principles applied to all stages of production, from cultivation to bottling. Respect for the environment and the ongoing search for quality are the farm’s golden rules.
The cellar sits on a green hill, or rather, on a “knoll” that stands guard over the vineyards below. This large, must-scented space is the kingdom of Filippo Conti, a longtime trusted enologist and skilled wine cellar manager. The cellar is on three floors: on the ground floor there are stainless steel tanks - 9 tanks with a capacity of 10 hectoliters and another 8 with a capacity of 50 hectoliters.