Distilleria Francesco

Francesco Poli’s vineyards (550m/1800ft) can be found along the emerald-colored alpine lake of Santa Massenza, in the Trentino area of Trentino-Alto Adige. Francesco Poli’s son, Alessandro, now works and oversees them along with the cantina. Alessandro works mostly with the native grape varieties of the area: the delicate and herbal red, Schiava, and the lithe alpine white, Nosiola. Working with native yeast fermentations, his cellar style remains minimalist with the precision and timing of a good cellar master. He has always believed in organic farming, and the winery obtained organic certification in 1989 (and they now also employ several biodynamic techniques and preparations). Distilleria Francesco is the other face of Francesco Poli. Besides wine, Poli is equally known for his detailed and delicately textured herbal infusions and various bottlings of grappa produced on the property with a wood-burning, copper 'bagnomaria' water bath still.