Ours is a history tied to the land. My grandfather, Franco, was a farmer before he opened a workshop where he repaired tractors. My father Roberto, who is the real protagonist of the story, bought this farm, Poggiolo, in 1971. There was no cellar, no vines – there was nothing. He planted the first hectares, bought the first concrete tanks and the first Slavonian oak barrels. A few years later, in 1980, the first 4,000 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino, were born, vintage 1975. I took over the business in 1989, when my father died, and have continued to make wine exactly as he would have done.
Tuscany is a predominantly hilly region with vineyard elevations rising up to 550 meters above sea level. About a quarter of the landscape is mountainous and a scant 8 percent is officially classified as flat. Approximately 57,942 hectares of the region’s nearly 23,000 square kilometers is under vine. The main wine-growing areas of Tuscany include: Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, The Tuscan coast Sangiovese grapes thrive in the interior hillside vineyards in the Chianti zone that runs between Florence and Siena, as well as in the Montalcino and Montepulciano areas, where its best expressions evolve. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in the warmer areas along the Tuscan coast. Soils in Tuscany range from soft and crumbly, marl-like clay-limestone and dense sandstone in the Apennine foothills to sandy clay around San Gimignano and gravelly clay and sandy soils in the Bolgheri and Maremma areas. Tuscany’s climate is Mediterranean with dry, hot summers; warm springs; and mild, rainy autumns and winters. Variations in altitude, exposition, and diurnal temperatures in the foothills contribute to climatic conditions that help balance the sugar, acidity, and aromatics in the grapes—primarily Sangiovese—planted there. Coastal areas like Bolgheri and Val di Cornia tend to be more temperate. source: SevenFifty Daily
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 our grapes to be Brunello and we choose only the best to make into Brunello.