The grapes to produce the Vermentino Bolgheri DOC “Solosole – Pagus Camilla” Poggio al Tesoro were hand harvested in September and sorted on arrival at the winery. The whole bunches were cooled before being gently pressed, the start of fermentation characterised by maceration on skins, before the must was separated and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 14°C for 25 days. The wine remained in tank on fine lees with regular bâtonnage for nine months until bottling in June, and was then stored in bottle for a few months prior to release.
Grapes for the Pagus Camilla Vermentino are grown in proximity to the river Camilla within the ‘Le Sondraie’ vineyard which covers seven hectares at an altitude of 25 metres above sea level. This part of the vineyard faces west, and its deep sandy soil is rich in iron and has gravel and clay layers. Vines are trained with the Guyot system at 7,936 plants per hectare.
Poggio al Tesoro is a 70 hectare property in Bolgheri acquired in 2002 by the Allegrini family. It is 50 hectares in size and is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Vermentino. All of the Poggio al Tesoro vineyards are located “soprastrada”, the area to the east of the Bolgherese road that is considered the best spot in Bolgheri. Soils here are complex and varied thanks to minerals brought through centuries by the Seggio stream from the nearby hillsides. A careful mapping of the soil has allowed Allegrini to plant the best variety for each plot. This attention to details continues today with a sustainable and organic approach in the vineyard and mini – vinifications in the winery, where different vessels and techniques are used in order to get the best out of each variety and each plot. This approach is evident when tasting the wines: every year the quality is improving and the wines express the uniqueness of the Bolgheri territory.