Poggio Argentiera is a wine producer in the Scansano region on the Tuscan coast of Italy. The estate is right on the edge of the DOC, near the sea and almost at sea level. Wines are made under the Morellino di Scansano DOCG denominations.

People | Gianpaolo Paglia. Met him at Benvenuto Brunello 2014. He was born in Orbetello and got a degree in agriculture. He then studied molecular biology and worked in Friuli where he became interested in wine. He bought an abandoned farm in Tuscany and began replanting. The first vintage was 1998. His wines get a lot of PR and are easier to drink than the old style. USA an important market. Gianpaolo Paglia is married to Justine (English) and they have a son Oliver and one other child. Studying to be an MW. Researched plant DNA/forestry.

Staff | Oen: Fabrizio Moltard. Former staff: Antonio Camillo (now has his own estate).

Organic certification | 2012 First vintage with full organic certification.

Vineyards | Poggio Argentiera has 20ha of estate vines in two places 20km apart. These are Podere Keeling and Podere Adua. The latter is where the winery, office and HQ is. Sandy. Planted from 1998 with Sangiovese, Alicante, Ciliegiolo, Syrah, CS, CF, and Merlot.

White wines

Alture Bianco | 100% Sauvignon. Sourced from vines high in the Maremma hills at 600m above the sea level. The soil is hard volcanic rock composed of compacted volcanic ash. Grapes are hand-picked and placed in small crates, de-stemmed and left to soak for 16 hours at 5-6 degrees before fermentation (only with indigenous yeast). After fermentation the wine spends six months in stainless steel.

Red wines

Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Bellamarsiglia | Doug Wregg  of Les Caves de Pyrène explains that Bellamarsilia  is ‘named after one of the sea-facing watchtowers that line the hilltops of the National Park of Maremma. This particular turret looks down on the Podere Adua vineyards and is connected to an ancient local legend: the original bella Marsilia was the lovely daughter of a maremmana family. She lived here centuries ago, and the fame of her beauty was such that it reached none other than the last Emperor of the Ottoman Empire, Suliman VII, who decided beautiful Marsilia was to be his wife. The young girl was apparently not consulted, for the Emperor􏰄s men secretly came ashore one moonless night (unseen from the watchtower!) and kidnapped la bella Marsilia, taking her forever from her beloved Maremma,’ (Caves de Pyrène list, July 2011).

CapatostA | Capatosta is southern Italian slang for stubborn (Gianpaolo’s whimsical tribute to his father). Mainly Sangiovese. Older vines. Also some Alicante (Grenache Noir) from newer, higher-density vineyards. Vineyards are on sandy-limey terrain lying opposite the Natural Park of Maremma, a short distance from the coast. 3 weeks on skins. MLF in wood. | 2002 Unfiltered. 95% Sangiovese, 5% Alicante. Very smoky oak and a very modern extracted style; chunky and coffee-like, so international the aftertaste is all vanilla and zero texture but a wine the punters like I am sure at the Morellino Consorzio on Wed 2nd March 2005.

Bibliography

Caves de Pyrène list, July 2011.

Contact

Poggio Argentiera*

Loc. Banditella di Alberese

SS1 Km 54

I-58010 Grosseto (GR = Grosseto), Italy

Tel+39 0564.405099 | Website www.poggioargentiera.com