Poggio al tesoro <br/>and the magic of an open-air dinner<br/> on the famous ‘Viale dei Cipressi’
02 September 2019

Poggio al tesoro
and the magic of an open-air dinner
on the famous ‘Viale dei Cipressi’

It has been hailed as the event of the year for the world of Italian wine. In Bolgheri the Wine producer's Association known as the 'Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini della DOC' celebrated its 25th anniversary. The highlight of the silver jubilee was the dinner held on Viale dei Cipressi, the avenue much extolled by Carducci and symbol of one of the most renowned wine producing areas in the world. Poggio al Tesoro, the estate created by Marilisa Allegrini and her brother Walter in 2001, was one of the major stars during the magnificent evening event attended by 700 people. In addition to producers and their staff, the most important international sommeliers and tasters, institutions, restaurateurs, buyers and journalists were also invited to take part in the event.

"One of the greatest treasures of this territory is its human capital - points out Marilisa Allegrini -. I arrived here with my brother Walter and we fell in love with Bolgheri. Then in 2003 he passed away, and I found myself managing this dream all by myself. But I have discovered fantastic people, and it is they who ensure success in everything we do. Now we have to do something for the younger generation, all of us producers together, creating an academy or a similar project, which will teach them the craftsmanship they need to develop and enhance the territory".

All the producers, from the historic figures to the new investors, found themselves on the avenue illuminated by violet lights and embraced by the silence of nature, sitting at tables named after the vines that have made Bolgheri so great: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Vermentino. Eighty-two wines were available for tasting, produced by 56 companies on 1300 hectares of vineyards. "A beautiful Italian story" was how the event was described by the president of the Consorzio Federico Zileri.