Welcome to Episode 1616, in which Cynthia Chaplin interviews Umberto Valle of Poggio Trevvalle in this installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast.
The winery is awarded the Best Biodynamic Red Wine 2023 Trophy for Toscana Igt Sangiovese Vino Biologico Capocuore 2021 in Wine Without Walls, a section of 5StarWines – the Book wine selection in 2023
More about today’s winery
The Poggio Trevvalle agricultural company has its headquarters in Campagnatico, in an area in which the DOCG Morellino di Scansano and the DOC Montecucco intersect and overlap. The farm was purchased at the end of 1998 by the brothers Umberto and Bernardo Valle, who personally take care of the 13 hectares of vineyards on the property, located around the cellar. Sangiovese, a typical grape variety of the region, dominates the vineyard, while Merlot, Alicante and Cabernet Sauvignon are also grown in small plots.
The idea that inspires all of Poggio Trevvalle’s production is to produce natural wines, pleasant to drink even immediately, but, above all, which have their own unmistakable distinctive character, which makes them unique. To pursue this objective, the elements such as soil, flora and fauna must be absolutely natural, and it is for this reason that the Valle brothers immediately began organic production from the vineyard to the cellar.
All the grapes produced, harvested at very advanced ripeness to attenuate the tannins, are destemmed and pressed within two hours of harvesting and undergo an initial fermentation in steel tanks at a controlled temperature, using only indigenous yeasts, while the malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks in concrete or in large wooden barrels for Sangiovese and Alicante, while for the other vines such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon it takes place in steel or in small wooden barrels; only after this second fermentation are the different blends made.
In the Italian wine scene, the wines produced by the Poggio Trevvalle winery stand out for their naturalness combined with great pleasantness and an absolutely interesting quality-price ratio.
About today’s Host:
Cynthia Chaplin is a VIA certified Italian Wine Ambassador, a professional sommelier with FIS and the WSA, a member of Le Donne del Vino, and a Professor of Italian wine and culture. Born in the USA, she’s lived in Europe since 1990. Italian wine, in particular rosé, is her passion. She works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer, a judge at international wine and sake competitions, she consults with restaurants and enotecas developing comprehensive wine lists and food pairings, and she advises clients who want to curate an Italian wine collection. She currently works for Vinitaly International in Verona as a Project Manager, Educator, and the host of VOICES Series on The Italian Wine Podcast, focusing on diversity and inclusion in the global wine industry.
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