"Piedmont's Iconic Estate Once Ruled by the Knights Templar"
The Castello del Poggio Estate takes its name from the 12th century fortress that belonged to the aristocratic Bunéis family and which looks down over the Val del Temp, an extraordinary natural amphitheatre that once belonged to the Knights Templar and which is now entirely dedicated to the cultivation of vines. Castello del Poggio lies in the heart of the Asti area, the historic habitat of varieties such as Grignolino and Moscato and now home for the renaissance of Barbera as a cultivar destined for making topquality red wines that are seductively expressive and formidably long-lived.
Name: Castello del Poggio is the name of the original castle 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 covers 160 hectares (395 acres) of land.
Elevation: Approximately 200 m. above sea level.
Soil: Calcium rich clay and alluvial gravel with good drainage.
Climate: Mild continental with temperatures ranging from 4°C – 5°C in the winter to 30°C in the summer.
Training System: Guyot.
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.