Poggio Argentiera is today composed of two estates situated in two very
different areas of Tuscany’s Maremma. Podere Adua, with the head office,
cellar and winery, is close to the Maremma Natural Park, in the coastal
region of Grosseto. Podere Keeling is found in the hilly area to the
North of the Scansano district, towards Monte Amiata. Although both
are in the Morellino di Scansano DOCG region, each experiences a very
different micro-climate. Podere Adua is only a few kilometres from the
sea, a few metres above sea level, where the coastal climatic conditions
include hot temperatures, high insulation and little rainfall during
the growing season. The soil is sandy-lime with little fibrous matter.
Podere Keeling is in a hilly area 250m above sea-level, with a rich,
fibrous clay soil, where the micro-climate is generally a little cooler.
Camillo has been Poggio Argentiera's manager since 2000, involved in
all aspects of production, from vineyard management to wine making. His
great passion for indigenous varieties that are found in the part of
Maremma where he was born lead them to start a project of selecting old
vineyards of Ciliegiolo. This is a joint venture between Antonio and
Gianpaolo, and all the wines made with Antonio Camillo's brand are
vinified at Poggio Argentiera, by the same people and following the same
methods as Poggio Argentiera's wines. They now have secured a long term
lease of some beautiful old vineyards, which were in a derelict state
and that have since been restored. Among those, the "Vigna Vallerana
Alta" is the best, 3 acres composed of three plots, planted in 1957,
which give top quality wines that have already been recognized as some
of the best Maremma's cru.
Even though Poggio Argentiera is a
relatively young winery, it has already acquired an impressive record of
awards and critical acclaim, both in Italy and worldwide: three glasses
from Gambero Rosso Slow Food Guide of Italian Wines, “Vini
dell’Eccellenza” from the Espresso Guide of Italian wine, 90 points +
scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Wine&Spirits, Wine
Enthusiast, Wine Spectator. The spiral on the label represents the swirl of the wine in the glass.
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