Our origins

At the beginning of the 2000s, Antonio Moretti Cuseri launched the Azienda Agraria Poggio al Lupo, in Magliano in Toscana (near Grosseto), in the warm Maremma area of Tuscany, which has extraordinary winemaking potential. This coastal area has always had a special place in the heart of this businessman, because he would vacation there with his family as a young boy. Cala di Forno, a famous beach in Maremma near Grosseto – nestled between two promontories of the Monti dell’Uccellina – was where he would typically go as an adolescent to fish with his father and family friend Gianni Andreini, who had a large estate at Poggio Cavallo, on the left bank of the Ombrone River and surrounded by wonderful hills dotted with vineyards and olive groves. It is the memory of this view – the soft rolling hills and the reinvigorating sense of being in contact with nature – that inspired him to return to this area and begin making great wines along the Tuscan coast.

La Maremma

This is one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas of Tuscany where one can still find uncontaminated nature, larger than life and all powerful; it can be seen on the shores, on the coastal lakes, on the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, and in the hilly areas that rise up toward the slopes of Mount Amiata, the ancient volcano that dominates the landscape. This area has been quite suited to grape cultivation since the time of the Etruscans, who left behind many traces, such as intact necropolises, some of which are quite large, built or dug into the limestone. Small artifacts have been found near the vineyards – amphorae, cups, and kraters, some of which feature impressive engraving – testifying to the fact that wine was produced and consumed even in ancient times.

ROSE WINDOW

SAN BRUZIO MONASTERY

But the most important symbol of the past for the winery is one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture in Maremma: the ruins of the Abbey of San Bruzio (originally San Tiburzio) found below our vineyards in the countryside two kilometers from the village of Magliano. This ancient church, a very important religious center, eventually became a monastery. Today, sun, wind, and rain enter into the open ruin unhindered. Traces of its history can be found in some of its decorations, a few bas-reliefs, and some surviving columns, some of which boast elegant capitals decorated with various sculptures in a French/Lombard style. Moretti Cuseri, who has always loved art, architecture, and ancient places, was won over by the eclectic charm of this monastery. Over the years, he often escaped to the Maremma, especially to enjoy the spring and summer sunsets and the wonderful silence that still makes this place a draw. This is why the rose window found on one of the capitals has been chosen as the brand’s logo.