Stacks Image 335

Poggio Salvi

The Azienda Agricola Poggio Salvi is ideally located at circa 18 miles southeast of Siena in the one of the most luxuriant and fascinating zone in Tuscany. This estate was founded a century ago by the Bicchi family and handed down from generation to generation until 1980 when Laura Bicchi and her mother Grazia Mari inherited the property and its estate. Mr. Roberto Bonucci, Laura’s husband, handles the agricultural and commercial part of the business; while the technical end of it is under the watchful eye of oenologist Leonardo Bellacini. The vineyard spans over 15 acres of which 12 are planted to Chianti Colli Senesi D.O.C.G. The red grapes grown here are 60% Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello) 20% Sangiovese, 10% mix of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% of Colorino, Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera. The white grapes are represented by 50% Sauvignon, 10% Chardonnay and the remaining is Trebbiano and Malvasia. There are many young vines and therefore not yet in full production. The soil composition is of clay-limestone typical of the Siena zone.The highest elevation of this vineyard is approximately at 924 feet above sea level and enjoys a climate of cold winters, humid springs and very dry, hot summers which are favorable to the maturation of the grapes, which happened to be harvested earlier than the Chianti. The harvest of the white grapes is usually around the first week in September while the red grapes are harvested around the first and second week of October. The cordon runner system is used to train the young red grapevines; while the Guyot system is used for all the old vines and the white grapevines. This vineyard produces approximately 2,000 bottles of Vin Santo per year.