Gianpaolo Paglia, a PhD and an agronomist born and bred in Maremma, and Justine Keeling, an English marketing manager, bought the estate in 1997.
Poggio Argentiera is today composed of two estates situated in two very different areas of Tuscany’s Maremma. 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 kilometers from the sea, a few meters 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, and the micro-climate is generally a little cooler.
Antonio Camillo has been Poggio Argentiera’s manager since 2000, involved in all aspects of production, from vineyard management to wine making. His great passion for indigenous varieties that are found in the part of Maremma where he was born lead them to start a project of selecting old vineyards of Ciliegiolo. This is a joint venture between Antonio and Gianpaolo, and all the wines made with Antonio Camillo’s brand are vinified at Poggio Argentiera, by the same people and following the same methods as Poggio Argentiera’s wines. They now have secured a long term lease of some beautiful old vineyards, which were in a derelict state and that have since been restored.
Even though Poggio Argentiera is a relatively young winery, it has already acquired an impressive record of awards and critical acclaim, both in Italy and worldwide: three glasses from Gambero Rosso Slow Food Guide of Italian Wines, “Vini dell’Eccellenza” from the Espresso Guide of Italian wine, 90 points + scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Wine&Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator.
The spiral on the label represents the swirl of the wine in the glass.
Vineyards: 50 Ha
Production areas: Grosseto, Magliano in Tuscana, Manciano, Pitigliano, Scansano.
Farming practices: organic since 2009
Total bottles produced: 300.000
Maremma: Vermentino, Ansonica, Ciliegiolo, Alicante, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc.