Poggio al Tesoro
Poggio al Tesoro was the brainchild of winemaker Walter Allegrini, a member of the internationally renowned Valpolicella producers who can trace their roots back to the 16th century in the Veneto region of north-east Italy. Walter had always been involved in the vinicultural facets of the family wine business. He loved Bolgheri in the Maremma region on the southern Tuscan coast and had the intuition to realise that this area, with its special characteristics, could play an import role in future wine production. In 2001 Walter, along with his sister Marilisa and Leonardo Lo Cascio, an importer of Italian wines to America, established Poggio al Tesoro. Thinking of the diversification of terroirs and grape varieties that could be available to him and on a quest for uniqueness, Walter chose plots both near the sea and the hills. Currently 70 hectares in four different vineyards sites are under vine. The largest vineyard is in a hamlet called Le Sondraie in close proximity to the coast; two are along the famous cypress avenue of the Via Bolgherese, and one is in the municipality of Bibbona immersed in pine-wooded hills. The climate in Bolgheri is very special, with less than half of Italy's national average rainfall. The Tyrrhenian Sea regulates the temperature of the entire coast with fresh air currents humidifying the air, which condenses during the night bringing vigour to the vines. This interplay between daytime heat and night-time freshness builds aromas and flavours in the grapes instead of sacrificing them to the extreme heat of the sun. Bogheri lies in a natural amphitheatre with the Colline Metalifere to the east, gradually sloping towards the coastline, creating a unique microclimate. The soils have both marine and alluvial origins. A study carried out in the mid-1990's by Professor Attilio Scienza identified 27 different soil types, which is why there isn't a prevailing grape variety in Bolgheri, and an array of different varieties can be cultivated to be matched to individual plots to express the characteristics of each singular unit. Poggio al Tesoro has planted the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc on sandier, stonier soils and vines like Merlot,which produce more elegant wines on soils rich in clay and minerals. Syrah, Petit Verdot, Viognier and Vermentino are also grown. From this exceptional corner of Tuscany, Poggio al Tesoro craft a range of exquisite wines with distinctive personalities and characters. They combine power and complexity with elegance and depth, and all the finesse you would expect from the name of Allegrini.