While he was living in New York, his parents cultivated their beautiful farm outside of Florence. His father planted the vineyards in the early 1970s. With the death of his father, Silvio's mother continued to sell the grapes to a local merchant.
In the mid-1990s, Silvio returned to live with his mother in her last years. Upon her death, Silvio, together with his wife, Catalina, and their three sons decided to stay and make the farm in the Chianti Classico area their home. Silvio released his first wine in 2000. A wine that was off to a good start, but required quite a bit of refinement. That's when Silvio began to establish the Montescondo brand we know today. Catalina, who opposed the use of chemicals on the farm, insisted that there was a better way for the land to produce wine. Together with Silvio and friends from other wine regions, they began to research and develop biodynamic methods. The conversion to an organic farm was approved in 2004.
The Montescondo estate is comprised of two parcels, planted with Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo, Trebbiano, Malvasia, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each of the parcels has a very different terroir. One is located 500 meters above sea level, with vines growing on limestone soil, and produces wines that feel fresh and refreshing with sharp acidity. The other plot is lower and warmer, as a result of the clay and marl soil. The wines from these vines tend to be more mature and fleshy.