Allegrini celebrates La Poja
Ten vintages of a great red
When, moved by deep love for his native Valpolicella, Giovanni Allegrini decided to plant only Corvina grapes on the summit of La Grola in 1979, he could not have imagined the extraordinary success that the wine La Poja would achieve. Ten vintages of this great red (1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010) were presented by Marilisa and Franco Allegrini during a landmark tasting at Vinitaly 2017.
At the end of the 1970s, Giovanni Allegrini finally achieved his life-long dream of purchasing the prestigious and historic parcel called La Grola; the top of this hill is called Monte Poja. The parcel was in a state of total neglect and the vine training – that was revolutionary at the time – was planned and adopted with the precise intention of producing a wholly original wine for the Valpolicella Classica, enhancing the virtues of the most representative varietal, which, according to an old legend, originated on this very hill: Corvina. The parcels called La Grola and La Poja are located in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, at an altitude ranging from 270 to 320 m (886 - 1050 ft) a.s.l. and extend for over 30 hectares (74 ac). The Grola, which stands on a limestone layer of Cretaceous origin, is a hill that became detached from a long ridge culminating in a plateau; it is well-defined peak and is topped by a perfectly flat plateau called ‘La Poja’.
La Grola enjoys an exceptional microclimate: facing south east and therefore benefitting from excellent exposure to the sun, the vineyard is protected to the north by Mount Pastello and subject to the mitigating influence of the nearby Lake Garda and constant breezes, which ensure that grapes develop in a healty condition. Its soil is clayey-calcareous in composition, has very little top soil an is very stony. Rich in potassium and calcium but low in magnesium an iron, it is not very fertile and as such subjects the vine to a certain degree of stress that is useful in containing plant vigour an therefore plant yields.