Poggio al Tesoro is a 70 hectare property in Bolgheri acquired in 2002 by the Allegrini family. The first vineyard they bought, Le Sondraie, is next door to Ornellaia and was previously rented by them. It is 50 hectares in size and is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Vermentino.
“Bolgheri has been nothing short of a dream come true: a dream of establishing roots in a world-famous area producing wines that capture the imagination of a cosmopolitan clientele. Our was, in reality, a journey undertaken in stages, where the exchange of ideas slowly gave way to sensations, curiosity, learning and a sense of wonder until, finally, a solid, concrete project emerged: Poggio al Tesoro,” says the winery.
Poggio al Tesoro owes a great deal to the far-sightedness of Walter Allegrini, the wine-maker from Valpolicella who loved Bolgheri and was Allegrini’s enthusiastic forerunner in Tuscany.
Walter had always been personally involved in the viticultural aspects of the family business, and he intuitively grasped the importance of a territory whose special characteristics could be further experimented with and enhanced. When the time came to purchase the parcels of land that would constitute the current
The wines are the result of very specific research about the soils and which grapes should be planted. Some are with clay and sand and others clay and pebbles. They wanted to plant traditional varieties for the Tuscan coast so they planted Vermentino, an original clone from Corsica, which is perfect for the microclimate they have in the Le Sondraie vineyard with its clay, loose sand and magnesium. This is where Solosole is created, a white wine with good minerality and a youthful but fragant aroma, capable of being drunk now but also ready to cellar.