The Argentiera company managed by Marcello and Corrado Fratini focuses on modern and experimental wines such as Bolgheri Rosso Villa Donoratico, a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore red wine is the company’s top wine.
Although located in an area full of absolutely noteworthy properties, the Argentiera estate stands out as a prominent company. It has about 70 hectares of sunny vineyards, all located in a magnificent position, which stretches irregularly through the hills north of Donoratico with a breathtaking view of the Tyrrhenian Sea . When the weather is good, the islands of the Tuscan archipelago are visible, sometimes even Corsica .
The house was founded with a joint venture between Piero Antinori , a large-scale producer of Bolgheri in his Guado al Tasso estate , and the brothers Corrado and Marcello Fratini , successful jeans producers. The director of initial operations, Federico Zileri del Verme , had had significant experience in the wine production sector in the Montespertoli DOC area , in the center of Tuscany. It was he who supervised the planting of the vineyards, a task which was no small feat, and, in addition, he took care of the production of the first bottled wines. In more recent years, wine production was also supervised by the French winemaker Stephane de Renoncourt . The offer of the house is the classic one of the Bolgheri denomination , a series of red wines of a constantly growing quality, supported by a smaller production of white and rosé wine, both useful in a coastal area with a significant influx of tourism and, consequently, a sustained demand for wines to be offered with fish and seafood.
Poggio ai Ginepri is the “entry” red wine, 200 thousand bottles of a solid and well made Bordeaux blend . Going forward, the next step is represented by the fuller and longer Villa Donoratico , something like 120 thousand bottles. The best wine, logically, bears the name of the company, Argentiera , widely considered an exemplary offer. Varietal wines, produced in smaller quantities, are now quite trendy in the area, and these are also offered by the company: Cabernet Franc , Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot . The property has just passed into Austrian hands, but if the ownership has changed, the passion and commitment to excellence are the same that inspired the original project. And it won’t change.
|Name:||Bolgheri Superiore DOC
|Grapes:||45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc|