Named after the original founders of the estate, the Avignonesi family, the winery has undergone an exciting journey since it was first established. Acquired by Virginie Saverys in 2009, Avignonesi has grown in size and at the same time has become a leader in biodynamic viticulture in Italy. Since the acquisition and thanks to Virginie’s respect for the ecosystem, her staff and the final consumer, the winery has started producing and crafting organic wines that are truly authentic to their origins yet singular and unique. And in the best biodynamic approach our wines receive minimal intervention in the cellar! Sustainability also plays a big part in the everyday life at Avignonesi.
The Alliance is a group of six Nobile producers - Salcheto, Poliziano, La Braccesca, Dei, Boscarelli, and Avignonesi - all sharing the dedication to Nobile’s rediscovery. The six winemakers have coordinated their respective work and each crafted a cru 100% Sangiovese Nobile specifically for this project.
The Poggetto di Sopra brings out the characteristics of its environment, recalling the clay soil it lays upon.
This great vintage is reflected in abundant and healthy bunches that have filled our organic vineyards. A warm spring kicked off what turned out to be an exciting year. The grapes benefited from a mild summer with occasional showers, allowing them to reach perfect ripeness.
This wine is characterized by grace and elegance. The bouquet is full and ethereal of ripe fruit and cherries in alcohol accompanied by typical nuances of the Mediterranean scrub such as lavender, thyme and wild mint. On the palate it has a very large and sweet opening. The silky tannin spreads a dense texture accompanied by a warm and lively body where notes of fresh coconut and sweet
spices such as cinnamon persist.
FROM VINEYARD TO VINIFICATION
A sedimentation from the Pliocene (3-5 million years ago) of marine origin, the subsoils of the Poggetto di Sopra estate are permeated by a vein of blue sodium clay. More in detail, this wine comes from the Caprile vineyard which is characterised by the union of two soils, one with more silt and limestone with alkaline pH and low in organic matter, the other one with a mixed matrix of sand and clay-limestone. Both soils have a poor structure.
The vines were planted in 1978 and are Capovolto Toscano trained at an altitude of 300
metres a.s.l. (984 ft a.s.l.) with a density of 2,564 vines / hectare. (1,038 plants / acre).
The grapes were picked on September 29th
Alcoholic fermentation is carried out by the yeasts selected from our pied de cuve. Alcoholic
fermentation and maceration on the skins lasted approximately 25-30 days.
21 months in oak casks (500 ltr)
The sediments you might find in this wine show that it is made of pure Sangiovese with minimal
intervention. The deposit is due to its high content of a natural antioxidant called quercetin,
which is perfectly safe. This is not a flaw, it is a characteristic of the pure Sangiovese.
Certified Organic. Certified Biodynamic. Certified ISO. Sustainable. Vegan.
To read more: https://www.avignonesi.it/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Avignonesi-eco-progress-eng.pdf