Louis Dressner Selections - Wine Importer
Chianti Classico DOCG & Toscana Rosso IGT from Azienda Agricola Montesecondo.
Silvio Messana. Photo by Alex Finberg.


In a previous life, Silvio and Catalina Messana were New Yorkers. There had always been this beautiful farm in Tuscany outside of Florence where Silvio’s mother lived. They visited yearly. His father had planted vineyards there in the early 70’s. Since his death, his mother looked after them and sold the grapes to a local negociant. In the mid-90’s, Silvio’s mother was ill and his family decided to move back to be near her. By this time, Silvio had already developed a passion for wine in the United States. With the certain impossibility of finding an affordable rent in New York with three growing sons, Silvio and his wife Catalina decided to stay on after his mother’s death, turning the Chianti Classico farm into their home with a portion of the farm converted as a half-year bed-and-breakfast. Silvio immediately began working on the vineyards himself.


This interview with Silvio Messana took place in Los Angeles in March 2011.


Silvio Messana on Biodynamics
Silvio Messana on work in the vines
Silvo Messana: Terroir vs. Biodynamic/"Natural"
Silvio Messana on recent improvement


This visit at Montesecondo took place in May, 2013.

Words by Jules Dressner, photos by Maya Pedersen.

This visit at Montesecondo took place in November, 2011.


Words by Jules Dressner, photos by Alex Finberg.