By not following the DOC rules and experimenting with international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, pioneering vintners made table wines at the end of the last century that were better and more expensive than many Chianti DOCs. To distinguish between the real slobber table wines and these top wines, the term Super Tuscan was coined. At Tenuta Poggio Verrano they have only been making their Super Tuscans since 2000, but the result is amazing. But that cannot be otherwise with Francesco Bolla as the owner, grandchild of Alberto Bolla, the 'Godfather' of the Amarone wine from the Veneto region. Together with the famous winemaker Carlo Ferrini, he is fast becoming the undisputed top among the Super Tuscans.
Located in the village of Montiano, this tenuta was founded in 2000 by Francesco Bolla and his family. Montiano is part of the Magliano-in-Toscana commune, in the province of Grosseto, known as the wine-growing region of Morellino di Scansano. Here, in the coastal region of the Tuscan Maremma, their south-southwest oriented vineyards are located about 15 km from the Mediterranean Sea. At an altitude of 170 to 300 meters above sea level, the vineyards are planted with the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alicante, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. The planting density is 6,700 canes per hectare. The total vineyard area is 27 hectares, of which the stone-studded soil naturally consists of lime and clay.
After years of assisting his family in Soave (Veneto), winemaker and owner Francesco Bolla was drawn through the Etruscan landscape of the Tuscan Maremma. The Mediterranean climate and the cool, salty sea breeze have a particularly favorable effect on the vineyards. Striving for perfection, Francesco receives valuable advice from his good friend Carlo Ferrini, one of the most respected Italian oenologists who also works for Barone Ricasoli and Poliziano.
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