The fourth generation. Ours is a history tied to the land, having left Castelnuovo Abbot Bramante where my grandfather was a farmer before he opened a workshop in San Angelo, where he repaired tractors in the thirties, and arrived at Poggiolo, where today I produce a few bottles, but many labels, each with its own history and its own philosophy. The real protagonist of this story is not me, it is my father, Roberto, son of Bramante, owner S. Angelo Scalo, an agricultural equipment shop known by all, in 1971 he decided to buy a farm, Poggiolo, then uninhabited, without a cellar, without even a row of vines, in practice, no nothing. At the time in Montalcino, Brunello producers were just 28, and it was not the economic and commercial phenomenon that we have come to appreciate over the years. Yet, my father believed in it right away, planted the first 3 hectares, bought the first concrete tanks and the first Slavonian oak barrels, 30 hectoliters, where a few years later, in 1980, the first 4,000 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino, were born, vintage 1975. For me, the spark was kindled in 1984, when I attended for the first time at Vinitaly, and already the following year, 1985, I started to put my giving birth to the first cru of Brunello di Montalcino, the Redwing, who followed the logic of the French Cru: a selection on the market at twice the price of the base, when nobody did. In 1989, with the death of my father, I found myself in the position of having to take over the company, continuing to make wine, so far, exactly as he would have done. In all this, a separate chapter deserves Cecilia, my partner, who has always supported me and never let me miss his critical point of view and argue my outbursts and curbing my excesses. A difficult role, because she is a sunny person, I humoral, always looking for a balance. A good part of my intuitions about her, she fed in a sense of its energy.
One of the highest elevation vineyards in Montalcino, Il Poggiolo is also one of the last you pass as you come up the hill to enter the town of Montalcino. Ours is not a huge vineyard, but we tend the land with our heart and soul, and make wines true to this place. We grow all of our grapes to be Brunello. and we choose only the best to make into Brunello. The remainder are moved into our other wines, such as Rosso di Montalcino and Oltre.