Poggio Stenti is a small family winery, managed by Eleonora Pieri. Annual production from their small estate is about 1000 cases. They also grow olives, to be made into their own olive oil, and her father (Carlo) is one of the most famous salumi producers in Tuscany.
The region is known as Montecucco, a relatively new DO in Tuscany. They are specifically located in Monte Amiata, a prized location which borders the historic vineyards of Montalcino, a few kilometres east.
Poggio Stenti’s hillside vineyards are at 200 meters above sea level, along the Orcia River, which separates Sienna Province from Grosetto Province. The soil has a high percentage of clay which helps maintain water reserves from winter and spring rainfall to support the vines during the hot, dry summer growing period. This avoids stress and allows for excellent phenolic ripeness.
Vineyards are planted mainly to Sangiovese, but they have a few rows of Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Vermentino for white wine.