My wife and I visited Tuscany on our honeymoon in mid-March. Our hotel, Locanda dell'Amorosa, recommended the Poggio Antico vineyards to us when we expressed interests to visit wine estates in and around Montalcino. The hotel serves their wines and we were most impressed with their Brunello the night before at dinner. We are so glad they did. To be clear, we did not visit the restaurant. Our remarks are about the vineyard itself--the property tour, the wine tasting, and their follow through in shipping product to the USA, all of which we highly recommend and applaud their excellence. When we told Poggio Antico that we wanted to leave a TripAdvisor review for others, we were asked by the owner to leave our review on the this, the restaurant page.
The property is about 10km outside of town, but still easy to get to, and they have signage on the main road which leads to their estate (see picture below). Still, if driving yourself as opposed to a guided tour, we recommend getting directions none-the-less, unless your intent is to get 'lost' in Tuscany.
Travel Hint: make a reservation for the tour and tasting before going. While open for business hours, the winery's practice is to schedule tours in advance with small groups. Our group just happened to be 4 people, ourselves and another couple traveling to Tuscany on their anniversary.
Our tour was led by the son of the founder. Clearly his knowledge and passion for Poggio Antico came through. The tour was as informative as it was interesting. He answered all our questions, and both couples had plenty. He also did an excellent job in hosting us for a wine tasting that followed the tour. He was not rushed and neither were we. We felt like we were among friends. Of course we had to buy some of the various wines and ship them back home.
In terms of time expectation, including the tour and wine tasting, set 2 - 2.5 hours to be safe.
Perhaps the greatest complement we can give Poggio Antico is in their fulfillment of our order. It happened without incident and in a very timely manner. They used email to give us status of our order at every step of the fulfillment process. This would seem like a rather simple customer service aspect of a winery that is used to shipping product back to the USA, but from our experience in Tuscany, it is not common practice. We cannot write such a review for our experience and wine purchase in Cortona, for instance. When you spend that much money to ship wine home, you want to know your purchase is safe and being acted upon. We greatly appreciated being kept informed by Poggio Antico.
Oh, and the wine itself: Awesome. We live near Napa and Sonoma and so we are accustomed to really great red wines. We were introduced to Brunello's a couple years back by a great friend. We now love the variety and drink it regularly. The Poggio Antico offers are easily some of the best if not the best Brunellos we've ever enjoyed. Though we don't use wine site recommendations, but rather personal recommendations, we're not at all surprised to find the following on wine.com: "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Altero is a gorgeous, sleek wine laced with dark red cherries, kirsch, menthol, pine and spices. Sweet floral notes wrap around the silky finish. The 2007 stands out for its finessed texture and impeccable overall balance. I can’t remember a more polished, elegant vintage of Altero. Poggio Antico hit it out of the park. The 2007 spent 24 months in 500-liter French oak tonneaux. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. 95 Points." Our response would be: why wait 'til 2017!