F r a n c e s c o S g u a z z i

Francesco Sguazzi, the Volterra-born entrepreneur and patron of Poggio ai Laghi, talks about his dream in Chianti

“Poggio ai Laghi represents the opportunity to enhance what I believe in and am proud of: made in Italy. Italian wine is an ambassador of the beautiful country in the world and Made in Italy means quality and beauty. Quality of the raw material and the final product and the beauty that our country expresses from art to culture recognized all over the world. Thanks to art, the wines of Poggio ai Laghi unite the history and identity of Monteriggioni and Chianti.”

Poggio ai Laghi

F r a n c e s c o S g u a z z i

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THE COUNTESS AND THE 7 HANDMAIDENS FOR GOOD LUCK

Eight women lived in Monteriggioni in the Middle Ages, believed to be protective and auspicious figures: the Countess Ava Zenovi dei Lombardi, whose existence is documented, and her 7 handmaids, whose existence is mixed and myth and legend. Together they helped the people and welcomed patrons. A story almost lost. We rediscovered it by matching it with the talent of a local artist, Maria Chiara Viviani, already selected in one of the catalogs of renowned Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi. Viviani imagined the faces of these 8 women, creating a mural that she later drew inspiration from for the labels of Poggio ai Laghi wines, good luck charms for those who choose them, like the positive figures we want to celebrate.

Women are the common thread of Poggio ai Laghi: there is a female profile in our logo because female is Mother Earth who gives us her fruits. Woman was Countess Ava founder of the Benedictine Monastery of Abbadia Isola and 7 other churches, and women are all the mothers of the world. Next to the feminine I wanted the tricolor symbol of made in Italy and a half heart symbolizing love for our land.

We are a modern winery with solid roots: the structure was created according to the vocated position of the organically cultivated vineyard. Being selected every day by people from all over the world to meet Tuscany and Chianti is a responsibility and a pride. Here we try to offer the typical Italian welcome thanks to a team accustomed to meeting people from different continents and cultures, from India to Korea, from Australia to America.

If you want to come and discover how Wine and Art can merge quality and beauty made in Italy, you will find us near the little church and the lake of Sant’Antonio, after the wheat field, at the beginning of the vineyard, where there is the long row of horseshoe-shaped cypresses. Welcome to Poggio ai Laghi.”

AWARDS

M o s t R e c o g n i z e d W i n e r y

Team

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Francesco Sguazzi

Founder & Owner

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Simone

Wine specialist

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Ivan

Wine specialist

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Marco

Wine specialist

Milestones

D i s c o v e r P o g g i o a i L a g h i

2022

The Beginning

The Poggio ai Laghi farm is located in Chianti, an area renowned throughout the world for its historic vocation for the production of quality wine, beauty of its hilly landscapes, symbol of made in Italy of excellence.

1968

Poggio Ai Laghi

The Poggio ai Laghi farm is located in Chianti, an area renowned throughout the world for its historic vocation for the production of quality wine, beauty of its hilly landscapes, symbol of made in Italy of excellence.

2023

Francesco Sguazzi....

The Poggio ai Laghi farm is located in Chianti, an area renowned throughout the world for its historic vocation for the production of quality wine, beauty of its hilly landscapes, symbol of made in Italy of excellence.

2022

Francesco Sguazzi

The Poggio ai Laghi farm is located in Chianti, an area renowned throughout the world for its historic vocation for the production of quality wine, beauty of its hilly landscapes, symbol of made in Italy of excellence.

2024

Francesco Sguazzi

The Poggio ai Laghi farm is located in Chianti, an area renowned throughout the world for its historic vocation for the production of quality wine, beauty of its hilly landscapes, symbol of made in Italy of excellence.

2024

Francesco Sguazzi

The Poggio ai Laghi farm is located in Chianti, an area renowned throughout the world for its historic vocation for the production of quality wine, beauty of its hilly landscapes, symbol of made in Italy of excellence.

sustainability

M i n d f u l n e s s o f t h e E n v i r o n m e n t

As part of the agricultural industry, we fully depend on our surrounding, just as it depends on us. That’s why we grow our produce organically and sustainably. Over the past decades the carbon footprint of the winery has been positive, which is something we’re really proud of.

The Poggio ai Laghi farm is located in Chianti, an area renowned throughout the world for its historic vocation for the production of quality wine, beauty of its hilly landscapes, symbol of made in Italy of excellence.