A Tour of Poggio Antico Winery, Montalcino – Italy

During our stay in Italy this year (2015), we decided to take a tour of one of the best and most famous wineries in Montalcino.

Poggio Antico: a combination of people, love for nature and passion for winemaking in the beautiful landscape of Tuscany. Brunello, Brunello Riserva, Altero, Madre, Lemartine and Rosso di Montalcino are the result of our great care and dedication.

The Poggio Antico estate spans over 200 hectares of land, but only 32.5 are used for vineyards. The average altitude is approximately 450 meters above sea level, which influences positively the quality of the grapes.

“The steady breezes at this altitude sweep away morning and evening fogs and early frosts, and dry the grapes after every rain, thereby preventing the development of mold and allowing us to avoid anti-mold chemical treatments.”

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This is the entrance to the production area.

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Numerous ratings and news stories are printed and displayed in the reception area.

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If I recall correctly these are oak barrels from Slovenia. Most wines are matured here for 3+ years before they are transferred into French barriques. HL 43 stands for “43 hectoliters”, as in 4.3 tons of wine in a single barrel.

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The final stage of maturation is done in French barriques (barrels), 225 liters per barrel.

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The current lineup of Poggio Antico vintages: Brunello, Brunello Riserva, Altero, Madre, Lemartine and Rosso di Montalcino

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Each bottle has a special DOCG stamp with an unique serial number. This number can be used to determine if the bottle is genuine or a fake.
DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) is the highest classification for Italian wines. It denotes controlled (controllata) production methods and guaranteed (garantita) wine quality.

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Tasting is done in a separate shop outside of the production area.

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You can immediately buy everything that you taste.

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We began with a Rosso di Montalcino 2012.

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Brunello di Montalcino 2008

On the left is a booklet containing different shipment options for those interested in buying larger quantities. The winery can arrange transportation right there on the spot. Fantastic!

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Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2008

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My personal favourite was the Poggio Antico Madre 2006, so I bought a bottle (33 EUR).

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Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003

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Lemartine 2012

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Wine gift sets are available, but that will cost you a hefty price. The cheapest bottle was Rosso di Montalcino 27-29 18 EUR (~20$), while the 2003 Riserva was around 75-80 60 EUR.

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Can you imagine a better view from a parking lot?

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