The history of the estate and its features
The story began in 1962 with founder Egidio Corradi‚Äôs dream of producing a noble wine that exalts the aromas and flavors of his native land while imparting the elegance he loved.
Born into an old Poliziana family in the Montepulciano region of the Siena countryside, he later graduated with a degree in economics and business. He spent most of his life working as an international broker in Genoa and Milan.
But his infinite passion for wine and deep knowledge of his home region induced him to buy two semi-abandoned small farms in Cervognano of Montepulciano, a stunning corner of old Etruscan Tuscany. The ancient soils had long been cultivated in the traditional way with different annual crops and small vineyards.
Egidio‚Äôs dream and vision were embraced and invigorated by his daughter Paola and her husband Ippolito De Ferrari. Driven by their strong determination and dedication, they started Poderi Boscarelli in the ‚Äô60s. The development that followed brought renewed life to the age-old farming estate as Paola and Ippolito planted their first specialized vineyards at a density of 3,500 plants per hectare. They also built the first winery by renovating and adapting old stables.
The original spirit of the estate has now passed to the third generation of the family. Each day Luca and Nicol√≤ De Ferrari, sons of Paola and Ippolito, bring that same passion to wine production as they work to infuse each bottle with the aromas and flavors that Grandpa Egidio loved and searched for. Luca and Nicol√≤ reselect and replant vineyards that continue to express the scents and range of characteristics of the incredible land that nurtures them.
Such intense attention to cultivation practices and gradual replanting, started in the late ‚Äô80s, resulted in a total of 22 hectares of vineyards with an average density of 6,000 to 7,000 plants per hectare. Each plant produces about 1 kg of grapes.
Poderi Boscarelli is located in an historic area for production of¬†Vino Nobile DOCG. At 300 m above sea level on the east side in northeast Montepulciano facing the Chiana Valley, Cervognano has the right natural air circulation and temperatures to provide an ideal microclimate for quality viticulture. The arrangement of its alluvial soils, rich in texture and sand, have good drainage and give considerable character and minerality to the grapes, helping confer the elegance for which our wines are known.
All these favorable environmental characteristics have always motivated our family to produce vintages that manifest the qualities already intrinsically offered by such a premier natural setting.
Sangiovese grapes are the most prevalent, covering about 80% of the plots of our estates in the best areas. On the remaining 20%, several native varieties are cultivated, including Mammolo Canaiolo and Colorino, and international varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet, always according to the climate characteristics and various soils.
Production at Poderi Boscarelli focuses primarily on¬†Vino Nobile DOCG, which represents 80% of all of our products. Vino Nobile is our most important and oldest label. Based on the age of the grapes and their selection, different typologies are produced. Boscarelli has a total production of 100,000 bottles.
We make 50,000 bottles of¬†Vino Nobile di Montepulciano¬†vintage with native grapes (mostly Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino). We also produce 10,000 bottles of ¬†Vino Nobile Riserva¬†made with the same selection of grapes but picked from the oldest vineyards, which must be at least 26 years of age.
In addition, we produce 9,000 bottles of¬†Riserva Sotto Casa¬†from Sangiovese and Merlot grapes.
We produce 5,000 bottles of¬†Nocio¬†made from 100% Sangiovese grapes that are selected exclusively from a particular 3-hectare section located in an optimal position that is named Vigna del Nocio, which means ‚ÄúVineyard of the Walnut Tree‚ÄĚ. ¬†As well, some years we produce about 2,000 bottles of¬†Boscarelli dei Boscarelli, mainly with Cabernet and Merlot grapes.
Our total production of 100,000 bottles is completed by 25,000 to 30,000 bottles of¬†Rosso di Montepulciano Prugnolo¬†and¬†De Ferrari ¬†Red IGT, two young wines produced with grapes from the¬†Vino Nobile¬†but without aging in wood.
Following long tradition, we also produce extra-virgin olive oil and¬†Vin Santo¬†in very small quantities. Finally, distillation of Vino Nobile brings several hundred bottles of Grappa.
We respect and maximize the expression of our different soils and clones, recognizing they are distinctive and unique.
These principles constitute our philosophical beliefs applied to oenology.
Our commitment starts directly in the vineyard with intensive care for grapevines and continues during harvest with differentiation of grapes according to the age of plants as well as close attention to optimum ripeness and soil composition. Fermenting each selection separately, our yearly harvest produces at least 30 different cuv√©es. After separate aging and few weeks before bottling, they are joined in final cuts depending on their own characteristics. This process requires a lot of work but it allows for the deepest expression of the character of each plot.
Every single bottle expresses this special care and the complexity of characteristics, precisely what we try to convey to each of our wines.