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1 Poggio Antico A combination of people, love and passion for winemaking in the beautiful landscape of Tuscany. Brunello, Altero, Madre, Lemartine and Rosso di Montalcino are the result of our great care and dedication.

2 The Estate Poggio Antico is a boutique winery located in Montalcino, a small town in Tuscany, about 50 kilometers South of Siena. The estate includes about 200 hectares of beautiful woods, fields, vineyards and olive groves. The first wines of Poggio Antico were produced in Poggio Antico was bought in 1984 by Giancarlo and Nuccia Gloder. Since the beginning, they have made many improvements both in the vineyards and in the cellar, thanks to great investments. Poggio Antico has been managed by their youngest daughter, Paola, since In September 1998 she was joined in this task by her husband Alberto. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Areal view

3 A Family Affair Ours is a family-run winery, and into the family we also like to include all our dedicated staff members. Passion and respect for nature, hard manual work in the vineyards, extremely low yields, modern technology in the cellar as well as a lot of dedication and patience come together to produce and offer Brunello di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino “Altero”, Brunello di Montalcino “Riserva”, Madre and Rosso di Montalcino. From the start our objective has been high quality, combined with a first class service and great attention to detail. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Paola e Alberto

4 The Grapes About 32.5 hectares (80 acres) of the estate are under vine. Of these, 15.5 hectares (38 acres) date from the '70s, while another 17 hectares (42 acres) were planted in May 1997 and May Of the total surface of the vineyards, 30 hectares (74 acres) are planted with Sangiovese (also called “Brunello” when planted within the territory of Montalcino) and 2.5 hectares (6.00 acres) are dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, which were planted in 1997 and 2003 respectively, to be blended with Sangiovese for our two “Supertuscan” wines: Madre (born with the 2001 vintage) and Lemartine (born with the 2010 vintage). Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Upon arrival

5 The Exposure Located at an average altitude of approximately 480 meters (1,500 feet) above sea level, Poggio Antico is one of the highest altitude producers of Brunello. The steady breezes at this altitude sweep away morning and evening fogs and early frosts, and dry the grapes after every rain, thereby preventing the development of mold and allowing us to avoid anti-mold chemical treatments. The climate, typically Mediterranean, is dry with minimum precipitation - most of which is concentrated during late winter and early spring - and a great number of sunny days especially throughout the important maturation period of the grapes. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: A privileged location

6 The Vineyards This highly privileged position and sunny vineyards facing south to southwest guarantee optimum growing conditions, particularly during the crucial maturation period when the grapes gradually reach a perfect balance between sugar and acidity. The grapes are of the Sangiovese variety, also called “Brunello” in Montalcino. This clone’s characteristics include low productivity and a high content of extractive substances in the skin, thanks to the soil and the particularly favorable climate of Montalcino. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Only the best

7 The calcareous and rocky soil ensures perfect drainage and is particularly suited for growing the high quality grapes necessary for full-bodied wines such as Brunello. The unique combination of altitude, exposure, and soil quality give Poggio Antico wines their special character and elegance. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Soil & Climate Selected clones

8 To ensure the best quality, yields are kept intentionally low and may vary - even considerably - from year to year depending on the characteristics of each vintage. Only the very best grapes make it through the rigorous three-step pruning process during the growing year. The first selection occurs in the spring, when the vines start budding. Shoots in excess are sacrificed in order to strengthen those that are left to grow. A second selection, called "green harvest," takes place in July, when some of the bunches are removed so that the remainder can ripen better. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: The Yields Rigor and low productivity

9 The third selection takes place about ten days before the harvest: each single bunch is checked by our full-time trained staff who leave only the best to enjoy the last days of sunshine and concentrated nutrition. Moreover, this prevents the harvest crew picking the grapes that would not reach our quality standards. Harvest is done manually. Plastic crates are used for transport from the vineyards to the cellar in order to prevent damage to the grapes. Because the cellar is located in the geographic center of the property, the grapes travel only a minimum distance before being processed. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: All Done by Hand One bunch per branch only

10 The use of three special vibrant sorting tables follows this concept logically with their ability to facilitate a hyper manual selection of each individual berry. One such table placed before destemming allows to automatically discard - thanks to two grills – impurities (such as small pieces of leaves, bugs, etc.) as well as to manually check each single bunch to eventually remove those not complying with our quality standards. A second sort after destemming automatically removes all berries below a certain caliber and consequently allows only those of a certain size to proceed further. The third sorting table provides an ultimate opportunity to manually pick out green or overripe berries, if any. Poggio Antico’s entire crop goes through all the above steps. In fact, all our wines are made with the highest quality fruit possible. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: The Maniacal Care Eighteen people are kept busy with the sorting tables only.

11 Fermentation takes place in truncated cone- shaped stainless steel tanks with removable lids. Their unique features are their relatively small size and a skin "punch-down" system, operated semi-mechanically thereby substituting the more common – yet not as delicate - process of "pump-over". The result is a better and more efficient extraction of color, fruit and sweet tannins by entirely avoiding the use of pumps while thoroughly, but gently breaking up the entire surface of the cap. All steel tanks are computer controlled to ensure that the fermentation temperature - decided on a daily basis - does not in any event exceed 32° C (90° F). Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Pumps? No Thanks! A delicate extraction

12 Downstairs, in the natural cool of the underground cellar, there are both large Slavonian oak barrels and 500-liter French tonneaux. The two sizes of barrels and their different repercussions in terms of bouquet and tannins are used and alternated to differentiate the range of our wines. To increase space for bottle aging before release, three air-conditioned and humidity- controlled rooms have been built, bringing the total storage capacity to 450,000 bottles. All wines produced by Poggio Antico are exclusively made with the property’s own grapes. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: The Cellar Time for the wines to relax

13 Poggio Antico produces and proposes:  Brunello di Montalcino “Riserva” D.O.C.G.  Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.  Brunello di Montalcino “Altero” D.O.C.G.  Madre I.G.T. Toscana  Lemartine I.G.T. Toscana  Rosso di Montalcino D.O.C. All wines are bottled in a single lot only. The best foods to combine with our wine are game, red meats, and strong cheeses. However, ours are wines that can be greatly enjoyed alone as well. All should be served at a temperature of 18° C (62° F). Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: The Wines The full range of our wines

14 Poggio Antico’s Riserva is an expressive wine with crisp clean fruit, generous in its youth and with a lively density that ensures the perfect structure and integrity necessary for longer aging. We produce the Riserva only from exceptional vintages, when a specific and limited selection of grapes - from the oldest and lowest altitude vineyard - shows an outstanding complexity. After having been selected as candidates to become Riserva, these grapes are treated separately. Later during the vinification process, if the initial qualities of intriguing richness and structure are “confirmed” the wine then will be allowed to continue its unique journey of refinement to become Riserva. Following D.O.C.G. regulations, to earn “Riserva” status Brunello di Montalcino must be aged a minimum of five years, one more than required for classification as “regular” Brunello. Both types of wine must be aged at least two years in wood, so it is noteworthy that Poggio Antico’s Riserva spends three and a half years in wood. The first year is spent in new 500-liter French tonneaux, and the remaining two and a half in the traditional larger Slavonian oak barrels. Prior to release, the wine is refined eighteen months in bottles, which greatly exceeds the six month minimum required for the D.O.C.G. appellation. The Riserva is available in the following bottle formats: 750ml, Magnum (1.500 ml.) and Double Magnum (3.000 ml.). Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

15 The special microclimate and terroir, the low yields, the exceptional quality of the fruit that is manually picked and rigorously selected, and the meticulous care given during vinification and aging all render Poggio Antico’s Brunello intricately elegant and brooding. It is a wine that shows even more of its generosity with time. Poggio Antico produces two styles of Brunello di Montalcino. We refer to one as “classic”, and we call the other (more modern) expression “Altero”. This section describes our "classic" Brunello. The rules and laws for obtaining the appellation of Brunello di Montalcino dictate that the minimum aging period in wood is two years, after which the wine must spend four months in the bottle before release. Nonetheless we at Poggio Antico prefer to extend the aging period in wood from two to three years for our “classic” Brunello, keeping it in the traditional large Slavonian oak barrels. Furthermore, because we strongly believe in the importance of releasing a wine that already shows great fragrance and finesse, we give our “classic” Brunello at least twelve months of aging in the bottle (three times the minimum required). Poggio Antico “classic” Brunello di Montalcino is available in the following bottle formats: 375ml., 750ml., Magnum (1,500 ml.) and Double Magnum (3.000 ml.). Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Brunello di Montalcino

16 Persistent and enticing, Altero stands out for its complexity and richness, as well as its wonderful elegance and approachability. Poggio Antico produces two styles of Brunello di Montalcino. We refer to one as “classic”, and we call the other (more modern) expression “Altero”. Altero (which means “self-confident” in Italian) was born in 1983 as a “simple” Tuscan Table Wine (I.G.T.s at that time did not yet exist) that was (and remains today) identical to Brunello, and conforming to all the requirements for Brunello EXCEPT the mandatory aging period in wood (at that time three and a half years). This aging process certainly contributes to Altero’s forward nose and enveloping mouth-feel. Altero is aged over four years, two of which are spent in new 500-liter tonneaux of French oak, rather than in the large oval barrels of Slavonian oak used for our “classic” Brunello. Altero is then refined in the bottle for at least another 2 years. Starting with the 1995 vintage, the aging period in wood required for Brunello was reduced to two years. Because from the very first vintage Altero had always conformed to these new requirements (and all the others), it automatically gained the status of Brunello di Montalcino. For these reasons Altero is referred to as the estate’s more “modern” Brunello. Altero is available in the following bottle formats: 750ml. and Magnum (1,500 ml.). Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Brunello di Montalcino “Altero”

17 Madre is a perfectly balanced wine with a flavorful texture that fills the mouth with finesse but without a hint of aggression. This rich and powerful red has wonderful aging potential, as its abundant fruit and well integrated tannins soften with additional time. Born with the 2001 vintage, “Madre” is the first IGT wine produced by Poggio Antico. It was named from the “Madre” homestead, which is part of the Poggio Antico estate. Due to increasing demand for our wines, new vineyards were planted there in Poggio Antico received authorization to produce Brunello di Montalcino on all of these new vineyards, but our intention was to produce a new wine (Madre), so only part of them were planted with Sangiovese, while a smaller portion was dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon. After harvest these two grape varietals are aged separately for eighteen months in new 500-liter tonneaux of French oak. The two batches are then blended and bottled and spend an additional eight months together in refinement before being released. This unique process for Madre has proved to be the perfect “marriage” of the musculature and curvature that are characteristic of these two grape varietals. The unique soil, microclimate, exposure, and altitude that both varietals commonly enjoy, the extremely low yields, and the maniacal care that is put into each step of Madre’s production, have ensured the production of a quite distinctive wine. Madre has in fact enjoyed international recognition from its very first vintage. Madre is available in 750 ml. bottle format. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Madre, I.G.T. Toscana

18 Lemartine has a definite richness alongside a classic elegance. It is an hearty rich and elegant wine, with black and red berry fruits integrated into a beautiful structure, and firm yet never aggressive tannins. Its generosity delivers minerality, intense fruit flavors and hints of leather, spices and black licorice. Like Madre, Lemartine - born in the 2010 vintage - takes its name from one of three old family homesteads built over a century ago on the estate. This beautiful stone house, with breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside, is embraced by graceful vineyards, olive groves and verdant woodland. Montalcino is well known around the world for its Brunello, and this is a fact, but it is without doubt a blessed region for growing red wines in general too. Out of curiosity we planted two additional varietals generally considered to be more “international” and so, several years later, we were able to deliver more wines with unique complexity, flavor and minerality, thanks to the exceptional soil composition Poggio Antico enjoys. In Lemartine, the Brunello grape still plays the lead role, as it does in all Poggio Antico wines, but here it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot (planted back in 1997 and 2003 respectively). These three varietals, rigorously and exclusively estate grown at 420 meters altitude, refine separately in small French oak barrels of varied toasts. On the day they are blended together, they become Lemartine. Prior to release, the wine enjoys a further refinement in the bottle for at least four months. Lemartine is available in 750 ml. bottle format. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Lemartine, I.G.T. Toscana

19 Poggio Antico’s Rosso di Montalcino is a broad and yet vibrant wine with great character and length of flavor for its category. The rules for the appellation of wines from Montalcino include a requirement that vineyards be registered and certified for the category of wine to be produced there. Poggio Antico has no Sangiovese vineyards registered and certified to produce “Rosso di Montalcino”, but has many certified for the higher category of “Brunello di Montalcino”. For this reason Rosso di Montalcino can be produced only by choosing to sacrifice the right to make some Brunello, making Poggio Antico Rosso in effect a younger Brunello. In fact the two wines have much in common, including the same low yield at harvest, the same vinification process, and a long period of refinement in the bottle prior to release. To earn the appellation of “Rosso di Montalcino” the rules require neither aging in wood nor refinement in the bottle before release. Nonetheless we at Poggio Antico prefer to take these additional steps to help the wine to better express its complexity and depth. Our Rosso di Montalcino is aged sixteen months in total, ten of which in 500- liter tonneaux of French oak. Rosso di Montalcino is available in 750 ml. bottles. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Rosso di Montalcino

20 Beside the wines, we also produce:  An excellent Extra Virgin Olive Oil  A very fine Grappa di Brunello Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: The Extra Virgin Olive Oil & the Grappa di Brunello Another manual harvest

21 Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made exclusively with olives grown on the estate (60% Frantoio, 30% Leccino, and 10% Moraiolo) at meters (1,476- 1,500 feet) above sea level. The olive groves cover a total of four dedicated hectares (ten acres) of land. The olives at Poggio Antico are picked by hand. The harvest occurs early in order to prevent the fully ripe olives from falling to the ground and being bruised in the process. Gathering the olives from the ground would allow for a more rapid harvest but would interfere with the quality of the final product. The pickers use a comb-like tool to sweep the olives off each branch. The olives are placed directly into a reed basket that each picker wears around his/her waist. Picking before the olives fully mature - generally mid or end of November - results in the production of less oil but what is obtained is of a much higher quality. This process ensures the deep green color and magnificent artichoke bouquet of the oil. During picking season the day's harvest is taken to the press each evening, where the olives are cold pressed. The olive oil is then filtered by gravity with natural cotton before being bottled. Dark green bottles protect the oil from light and help to preserve its fragrance and beautiful color. Production is very limited. The average yield we usually obtain is of only kilos (27-28 pounds) of oil for every 100 kilos (220 pounds) of olives... all hand picked! Poggio Antico’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is available in two different bottle formats: 500ml and 750ml. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

22 Poggio Antico enjoys a very good reputation in the marketplace. Our wines have been highly rated for many years by the most important international wine magazines. Ratings and awards are always quite significant, as they provide regular feedback about the quality of our work. Because it is very important that this feedback be independent, we at Poggio Antico have never advertised nor sponsored any magazine or wine guide. Therefore you can be confident that all ratings, awards or comments given to our wines come from totally independent sources. Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fax: What They Say about Us We love what we do

23 Poggio Antico also offers a fine-dining restaurant on the premises independently run by the Chef. The restaurant proposes a cuisine steeped in local tradition and reliant on the availability of the highest quality fresh ingredients. The splendid revisiting of regional dishes and the wonderful array of desserts will not disappoint guests. The menu changes regularly and never fails to surprise. The Ristorante di Poggio Antico offers a creative fine-dining experience, in elegant surroundings, with a stunning view over the estate vineyards across to Monte Amiata. Ristorante di Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fine Dining at The Ristorante di Poggio Antico A unique setting

24 In the good season it is also possible to dine outside. Guests can look across the vines to the charming hamlet of Sant’Angelo in Colle and, on extremely clear days, the sparkle of the sea can be made out in the far distance. There is no dress code at the restaurant therefore casual attire is just fine. Children are warmly welcomed and can run or play safely in the ample space outside the restaurant and the cellar. The restaurant’s serving times are: lunch from 12:00 to 2:30 pm, dinner from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Reservations are recommended. Ristorante di Poggio Antico, Montalcino (Siena) Italy - Phone: Fine Cuisine Surrounded by Nature Atmosphere and flavors you will not forget

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