“Piedmont’s Iconic Estate Once Ruled by the Knights Templar”
POINTS OF INTEREST
• The landscape of the vineyards is a natural bowl shape, called an “arena”, and has its own microclimate, which produces unique wines.
• The estate takes its name from the medieval fortress that dominated the property from the 11th and 12th century.
• The northernmost part of the estate is known as Temple Valley for the Knights Templar, who once protected Castello del Poggio.
Name: Castello del Poggio’s name honors the original castle built in the village of Poggio.
Location: The estate is situated entirely in the town of Monferrato; It lies within the Province of Asti, one of Piedmont’s finest wine regions. The property has 430 acres with 390 acres dedicated to vineyards.
Elevation: Approximately 656 ft. above sea level.
Soil: Calcium rich clay and alluvial gravel with good drainage.
Climate: Mild continental with temperatures ranging from 39°F – 41°F in the winter to 86°F in the summer.
Training System: Guyot.
Vine Density: 4,500 vines per hectare.
Varietals: Barbera, Dolcetto, Grignolino, Merlot, Moscato, Brachetto
Castello del Poggio is located in Piedmont, one of the most prestigious wine growing regions in the world. The estate, which belonged to the noble Bunéis family, takes its name from the medieval fortress that once protected the border of the city of Asti, which served as one of the most powerful Italian communes during the Middle Ages. For centuries, the Knights Templar protected the northernmost part of the estate; this area is currently known as the Temple Valley. The Zonin family acquired the estate in 1985 and has spent considerable resources on revitalizing the iconic winery to what it is today. Not only is it the largest contiguous vineyard in Piedmont, the estate also maintains a certain degree of sustainability and produces 28% of its energy needs.