Podere Le Poggiarelle
These vineyards were first planted in the ninth century in a zone that also supported wonderful olive trees
Since it is located only 5 kilometers (slightly over 3 miles) from il Poggiale, it seems reasonable that the two winery names sound similar. Also part of the Medici royal vineyards, Le Poggiarelle Vineyards were acquired by the Favillini Lenzi Family in 1970. The name Le Poggiarelle is a diminutive way of saying ‘several small hills.’ Additionally, the vineyards had been abandoned for more than a decade when the Lenzi family bought the property. These vineyards were first planted in the ninth century in a zone that also supported wonderful olive trees that produced splendid olive oil. The entire farm has been restored to its former beauty and historical setting down to even the smallest detail.
Today, Le Poggiarelle’s entire production is completely organically produced, where no phytochemicals are used in its production, which is a relative rarity in Italy. For decades, its wines have faired well at international levels and its Carmignano DOCG is considered the region’s superior red wine.
By the way, the olive oil produced at Le Poggiarelle is also considered among the superior olive oils in the entire country, no mean feat in olive-rich Italy.
Map of the area
Italy: Fun Facts!
• The city of Naples gave birth to the pizza.
• The average Italian consumes half a pound of bread a day.
• Today’s modern Italian language originated in the region of Tuscany.
• With almost 40 million visitors, Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world.
• Italy is home to two micro-states, San Marino and Vatican City.
• The ice cream cone is an Italian invention.
• The average Italian consumes 26 gallons of wine a year.
• The area around Venice is the wealthiest region in Europe.
• Over 75% of Italy is mountainous or hilly. Italy has a population of over 58 million.
• Italy has been making wines for over 2800 years.
• Italy has over 2000 grape varieties planted.
• Europe’s only three active volcanoes, the Etna, the Stromboli and the Vesuvius, are all in the South of Italy.
• There are over 140 types of pasta made in Italy.