Poggio Molina




The territory of Valdarno in general and in particular the one that delimits the borders between Valdarno Superiore and Valdambra has always been important for the history of wine in Tuscany and has an undoubted historical and natural vocation for the cultivation and production of wine in Tuscany, despite its name is not among the most talked about in the wine scene.

As early as 1716, in fact, the Grand Ducal Proclamation promulgated by Cosimo III de' Medici and entitled precisely "Sopra la Dichiarazione de' Confini delle quattro Regioni Chianti, Pomino, Carmignano e Val d'Arno di Sopra", defined the production limits of the wines of the four regions, thus establishing, for all the local producers who today belong to that delimitation, the pride of having belonged to a real DOC ante-litteram of history that testifies to the predisposition of the territory to the production of great wines.

And it is precisely in a part of this territory which is important for the history of wine in Tuscany that our winery, Poggio Molina, is located. Located in the hills of the Val d'Ambra at an altitude of 300 meters, it comprises about 90 hectares, 16 of which are planted with vines.

The origin of the name probably derives from its location: Poggio Molina is situated on the hill (in Tuscan dialect "poggio") just above the old mill of the village. Part of its boundary, in fact, is delimited by the flow of the Ambra stream. Another version, however, attributes its name to the fact that it is a very windy place, even in summer, an area where the wind is always "blowing".

Historically it belonged to the Cini - Mari family of Montevarchi (of which it was the largest farm in their possession measuring, as we read in ancient documents, 277 staia) it was brought to its maximum splendour in terms of productivity by Alessandra Mari (1760-1848), the amazon of Valdarno, a woman endowed with an undoubted charm and a marked intelligence that allowed her, at the time of the Viva Maria insurrection, to play a fundamental role in the political decisions of the time. After her presence in Siena, in fact, where the liberation movements gave life to a bloody popular insurrection that almost certainly escaped the initial intentions of the leaders themselves, it was Alessandra herself, together with her husband Lorenzo and the British ambassador Lord William F. Wyndham who entered Florence at the head of 2500 men to free the city from the French yoke.

Upon the death of Alessandra, the estate was inherited by her daughter Emilia and Poggio Molina remained in the hands of the Mari family for generations, with an area of the manor house used as the home of the sharecroppers involved in the care of the land and agricultural production. The estate remained in the hands of the Mari family for generations, with an area of the manor house used as the home of the sharecroppers who cared for the land and farmed the land. This continued until the end of the Second World War, when, following the bombings suffered by the surrounding towns and the attraction aroused by the prospects of the imminent economic boom, the estate was definitively abandoned.

In 1996 the Bossini - Gori family decided to buy a ruin surrounded by uncultivated land to give life to the dream of two brothers, Alba and Adriano, who since they were children had wanted to repropose in a business key what their father did only for the family needs: the production of wine and oil.

Thus begins again the flourishing adventure of this territory.

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