The story of “Il Poggio” is simply the transformation of a grandfather’s relaxing pastime into a young woman’s passion and lifework. The estate was purchased in 1919 as a family hunting reserve and passed to daughter Franca Odone, who at one time worked in Milan in the furniture business. With the help of oenologists, Gaspare Buscemi land was cleared for vines and wine production began in 1976. In 2003 the baton was passed to Franca’s daughter Francesca who, after some time working in real estate caught the family winemaking bug. Poggio extends her business savvy and deep commitment to family tradition to the winery, ensuring the wines remain focused and an homage to the land. In 2013 work was finished on a tiny B&B on the highest point of the property surrounding guests with the serenity of vines and forests. The hills of Rovereto in the heart of the Gavi DOGC are rich with sandy and clay soils that impart remarkable attributes to the ancient Cortese grape. Through the continued vineyard management by Buscemi, the 3 hectares of Guyot trained vines yield small quantities of high-quality wine.