Poggio Leano Wine
Alessandro "Alex" was born in Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy. After Alex graduated from high school, he and his father opened a family restaurant in their home town. Alex managed Lo Sperone and also managed a pizzeria as well as an equestrian center. In 1997 he decided to leave Italy for California. Like many other Europeans, Alex had a dream to make it in America; the land of opportunity.
In 2003, Alex planted his first vineyard in De Luz, California and bottled his first wine in 2007, naming it Poggio Leano.
The "Poggio Leano Way"... Old World influence on New World products!
It is very important to creator, Alessandro "Alex" Prestifilippo, to stay true to his origin, history, culture and family, therefore, Poggio Leano provides nothing less then authentic, Old World style production of all products.
It starts from the "ground" up. Literally, the GROUND. Choosing where to plant and what to plant is the start of growing a well rounded, high quality product. From fruit trees, to vegetables, to olives to grapes, matching the plant to the soil, optimizes the quality and results in decadent crops!
De Luz, California, where Poggio Leano properties reside, has proven to be rich in soil and climate. In the testing, we found that there is a great amount of clay and rock in the soil. The clay support healthy growth of grapes and grapes benefit from moisture balancing amendments. The rocky element adds to the mineral and is a huge asset in the draining process.
The climate is important as well, in growing all vegetation. De Luz has the elevation to capture the cool moisture of the air, plus the movement of the ocean breeze, full sunlight and heat in the early day and then drops back down in the evening offering a microclimate that grapes especially thrive on.
Dr. Marco Cavalieri, an Agronomist from Italy, consults with Alex on a monthly basis, testing the soil, examining the climate and selecting the exact match of root stock and clones for the optimal results. While Dr. Cavalieri is here, he and Alex walk the properties, study the growth and decide on the type of pruning, cultivating, etc., that is best for the particular varietals grown for Poggio Leano wines.
For over 2000 years, Italy has produced some of the most favorite wines in all of the world. Keeping with that historical tradition of Old World style farming and adding passion, heart and hands on management, Poggio Leano has developed it's unique nitch in the Southern California Wine and agriculture world. Producing products full of the highest quality in every way, we are proud to share this Old World Italy influence and flavor with you!