One of the most exciting estates to have emerged from Italy in recent years, Poggio al Tesoro is a 70 hectare property in Bolgheri acquired in 2001 by the Allegrini family with their US importer, Leonardo Lo Cascio. The first vineyard they bought is next door to Ornellaia and was previously rented by them. Alberto Antonini was consultant here until 2009 when Nicola Biasi took over.Both flagship reds - the Sondraia and ?W? Cabernet Franc - won Gold medals at the 2009 International Wine Challenge. The main source for Cabernet Sauvignon is a 3 hectare plot Via Bolgherese situated at 56 metres above sea level where soils are deep, composed of coarse red sand, rich in gravel, well drained and with a clay layer at a depth of 120 centimetres. The plant density is 9,000 vines per hectare.
Merlot, Cabernet Franc and more Cabernet Sauvignon are grown in the 12 hectare Le Sondraie vineyard situated 35 metres above sea level. Soils here are free-draining and a mixture of clay and sandy silt with a high presence of magnesium and iron. Plant density is 7,500 vines per hectare. The vines are cordon trained and spur pruned in each case and the average age of the vines is nine years. Yields are around 35 hectolitres per hectare.