Our story

The Poggio La Noce Estate

Boy meets girl, they fall in love, marry, have many children and live happily after…

Oops rewind, not that story!

Boy meets girl, they fall in love, they quit their day jobs in America, return to Europe, settle in Italy and some twenty plus years later there you have the Poggio La Noce estate.

What had started as an abandoned property in the hills of Fiesole, close to Florence, became a small family run wine estate, with two vineyards on the property, a third one South of Florence (in the Chianti Classico area, Montefiridolfi), and a fourth one in Campania close to Naples.

The property now has a new modern winery, fully integrated into the hillside which makes it especially energy efficient. The team of young men and women working at Poggio La Noce, 8 in total, are like family and the ethos is all about producing honest genuine wines that speak to their sense of place. The farming has always been fully organic with many practices biodynamic too, but that philosophy of nurturing the nature around us transcends the caring for the plants and encompasses our entire little ecosystem on this hillside and valley, and reaches to our relationships with those we work with.

Our mission to produce genuine beautiful wines on a human scale in the end has become an entire way of life. We hope that all those sipping on a glass of any of our wines may simply enjoy and share the love!

Our Philosophy

Our work begins in the vineyard, where we tend to each vine individually by hand. From the start we set out to farm organically following a series of practices; using green manure to fertilize the vines (growing leguminous and other plants to mulch them back into the ground), following the lunar calendar for the various operations in the vineyard and in the cellar and fermenting only with indigenous yeasts.

During harvest the grapes are handpicked and carried back to the winery, where both clusters and berries undergo careful sorting on two separate sorting tables. Only perfect fruit will make it to the fermentation tanks.

The people behind Poggio La Noce

Husband and wife, Enzo Schiano and Claire Beliard, are the owners of the Poggio la Noce estate. They share the vision and love for making great wines. Claire manages the office, but she is happier when greetings our guests for some stories about the estate. Enzo is our Ambassador to the U.S., as well as an amazing cook and pizzaiolo, he never minds whipping up some of the tastiest food for all the friends of Poggio la Noce.

Roberto Corti is the Poggio la Noce estate Manager. Roberto studied agronomy at the University of Florence and cares for all aspects of the vineyard work as well as that of the cellar, and manages the wine making along with Claire and Enzo.

Matteo Massai is the youngest team member, he is Roberto's assistant and precious help in the vineyard and cellar. Andrei Untaru, joined shortly after Matteo and is one of the cellar hands and vineyard worker. The two brothers Indika and Jude, natives of Sri Lanka, have been with Poggio La Noce now for a few years and help out with absolutely everything.

Lastly Lara Maciel Silva comes all the way from Sao Paolo, Brazil. Lara is a professional sommelier who is in charge of all the winery visits and wine tastings.

Our consulting team is made up of Valentino Ciarla, our technical oenologist, as well as GianLuca Grassi, who is our agronomist.

And of course all this is under the careful guardianship of our beloved rescue dogs, Mela & Pifette.

We owe many thanks to the very talented Leslie Ryann McKeller for the beautiful pictures of the Team (www.leslieryannmckeller.com)