Poggio Argentiera: The marriage of two Maremma terroirs
Poggio Argentiera is today composed of two estates situated in two different areas of Tuscany's Maremma, near the town of Grosseto. Podere Adua, with the head office, cellar and winery, is close to the Maremma Natural Park, in the coastal region of Grosseto. Podere Keeling is found in the hilly area to the North of the Scansano district, towards Monte Amiata. Although both are in the Morellino di Scansano DOCG region, each experiences a very different micro-climate. Podere Adua is only a few kilometres from the sea, a few metres above sea level, where the coastal climatic conditions include hot temperatures, high insulation and little rainfall during the growing season. The soil is sandy-lime with little fibrous matter. Podere Keeling is in a hilly area 250m above sea-level, with a rich, fibrous clay soil, where the micro-climate is generally a little cooler.
The marriage of these two terroirs, both different, both Morellino, both Maremma, produces dynamic wines for owners of the estate Gianpaolo Paglia and Justine Keeling.
Gianpaolo, an agronomist born and bred in Maremma, and Justine, an English marketing manager, bought the estate in 1997. They started making Morellino di Scansano wine, with the existing 6 Ha of old and high quality producing vineyards, whilst at the same time planting new vineyards using local varieties such as Sangiovese and Alicante. These new vines were planted at a high density. A modern winery and warehouse facility were newly built in 2002.
Even though Poggio Argentiera is a young winery, it has already acquired an impressive record of awards and critical acclaim, both in Italy and worldwide.
Winemaker of the estate, Antonio Camillo has been working together with Gianpaolo since the beginning. With a help of of Poggio Argentiera he also produces two wines under his own brand Antonio Camillo.