For more than a century, Il Poggione has been one of the leading producers of Brunello and has always made and continues to make its Brunello from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown on estate-owned vineyards.
Il Poggione estate lies in the southwest subzone of the appellation where it's vines grow at more than 400 meters above sea level. The cool evening and morning temperatures created by this altitude help the fruit to ripen more slowly and as a result Il Poggione is able to produce profound, complex Brunello with great aging potential.
The western subzone of the appellation is also blessed by its proximity to the sea (about 30 minutes distance by car). The gentle sea breeze from the Thyrrenian sea brings excellent ventilation to our vineyards. As a result of the dryness of the breeze, Il Poggione vineyards are nearly rot- and mildew-free.
Il Poggione vines are also among the oldest in the appellation. Because the roots reach so deeply into the subsoil, even during arid or hot vintages, our vines are able to find the water table. The stress caused by their search for water makes the fruit even richer and the wine even more profound and long-lived.
Il Poggione believes in "promiscuous" farming. Winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci (my father) has not planted vines in every possible growing site. Instead we grow olives in certain fields and some fields are used for grazing of our Maremma cattle and others are even allowed to remain fallow. We believe that this is an essential element of the terroir.
Il Poggione's wines include Brunello di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Rosso di Montalcino, San Leopoldo (an IGT Super Tuscan made from Cabernet and Cabernet Franc vines planted in the 1960s), Vin Santo, and Grappa.
To learn more about us and Il Poggione winery, please visit www.IlPoggione.it.