POGGIO SAN POLO is an organic winery in the Montalcino region of Tuscany. In June 2007 Marilisa Allegrini, family owner of the Allegrini estate in Veneto, and Leonardo Lo Cascio, head of Allegrini’s U.S. wine importer and distributor Winebow, jointly purchased and amalgamated two Montalcino estates called San Polo and Montluc from the Fertonani family, renaming the whole Poggio San Polo whilst labelling the wines as ‘San Polo’. The purchase price was estimated at up to $13.5 million.
This was the second joint investment by Allegrini and Lo Cascio in Tuscany. In 2001, they acquired Poggio al Tesoro in the coastal area of Bolgheri.
The two newly acquired [Montalcino] estates [Montluc and Poggio San Polo], both formerly belonging to the Fertonani family, together comprise 52 acres, located in the area south of the town of Montalcino. The largest portion, 39.5 acres of south-southeast facing vines, includes nearly 20 acres designated for the production of Brunello di Montalcino.
The Fertonani family had bought Poggio San Polo in 1998. They began to restructure both vineyards and winery. The estate was managed by Mauro Fertonani and Luca D’Attoma, assisted by Carlo Ferrini. They oversee some 4.6 hectares (12 acres) with a total production of 5,800 cases, of which 2,500 are Brunello, and the rest divided between Rosso di Montalcino and two super Tuscans, Mezzopane (a blend of Merlot and Sangiovese) and Rubio (100 percent Sangiovese).
Poggio San Polo’s Brunello di Montalcino has consistently achieved outstanding ratings since the 1997 vintage, the turning point for the estate. That year its Brunello scored 95 points in Wine Spectator’s regular blind tastings.