Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 22 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
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Tenuta Il Poggione - Wines of Montalcino
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Address will be provided to ticket holders in early May
Tenuta Il Poggione is one of Montalcino’s largest wineries. The estate’s guiding principle is to pay meticulous attention to the vines, because the secret of producing great red wines lies in taking extreme care of the vineyards. Tenuta Il Poggione has always practiced diversified farming, by planting different crops other than the vineyards. This practice of green harvest along with close care of the vineyards and maintenance of the soil results in the production of excellent L’Azienda wines even in more challenging vintages. At the Il Poggione estate, the grapes are harvested entirely by hand and the winemaking takes place with traditional methods, even though modern, state-of-the-art equipment is used.
Alessandro Bindocci is the 4th generation of Bindocci’s to work in the wine business, and the 2nd generation to be following in the footsteps of Piero Talenti, mentor to Alessandro’s father Fabrizio and one of the founding fathers of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation. He will guide you in an exploration of the historic wines of Il Poggione.
Alessandro Bindocci, Winemaker & Export Manager , Il Poggione
Alessandro is the second generation of the Bindocci family to follow in the footsteps of legendary winemaker Piero Talenti, mentor to Alessandro's father Fabrizio Bindocci and one of the founding fathers of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation. Alessandro completed his advanced degree in enology at the University of Pisa in 2005 and then returned to Montalcino to work side-by-side with his father, bringing with him twenty-first century technology and style to Il Poggione.
This father-son team brings different approaches to winemaking, with Alessandro focusing more on modern technique; however they both agree in producing Brunello utilizing traditional practices — picking fruit from older vines and classic large-format aging in oak casks.
Alessandro spends a lot of his time traveling all over the world — from Europe to the United States to Japan and points eastward — as an ambassador of Il Poggione. But that doesn't stop him from being involved in the day-to-day process of vinfication. Modern technology, he explains, allows him to monitor and control the winemaking process — vat by vat — using his smartphone. He doesn't mind the endless travel, he says, because he knows that his cozy apartment awaits him when he returns to the tiny hilltop village of Sant'Angelo in Colle, where both he and his father were born.