Drawing upon a rich Veneto winegrowing tradition that spans over six generations, CEO Marilisa Allegrini carries on the legacy of her late father Giovanni, who was a pioneer in the appassimento winegrowing method. Marilisa is dedicated to promoting the reputation of Amarone and the Veneto region globally and annually travels to numerous countries to share the Allegrini wines.
In her words, "Tradition is not stagnation. When combined with a genuine respect for the land, there is always something new to discover, interpret, and see in a different light." Marilisa and the Allegrini family honor their historical legacy of excellence while continuously striving for quality through innovation. They have modernized the appassimento winemaking process, reducing bitterness and emphasizing desirable flavor compounds by adding dried fruit to vinified wine instead of using grape pomace. The Allegrini family uses a combination of cutting-edge techniques and traditional methods, such as site selection based on soil type, high-density planting, and guyot trellising, to produce exceptional wines that showcase the potential of the region.
The Allegrini family manages 264 acres of vineyards in the Valpolicella Classico region, encompassing seven diverse sites that offer a range of microclimates and soils. The climate in the Valpolicella Fumane area is influenced by constant winds from Mount Pastello to the north and moderating air currents from Lake Garda. The family's hillside vineyards, located at elevations of 600-900 feet, benefit from south-easterly exposure and optimal sun penetration. The vineyards feature a mixture of old and new plantings in soils composed of clay and calcareous elements.
In 2001, Marilisa and her brother Walter embarked on a new venture in the beautiful region of Bolgheri. Their journey is a testament to their dedication to the environment and is now carried forward by Marilisa's daughters, Carlotta and Caterina, in honor of their uncle. Together, they run the dynamic and significant winery, Poggio al Tesoro, located in the prestigious Bolgheri area of Tuscany's Maremma, just two miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The estate consists of 173 acres divided into three vineyard lots and produces wines that reflect the unique terroir of Bolgheri, showcasing ripeness, richness, and complexity combined with elegance.