Argiano’s history dates back to 1580, when the Pecci family of Siena began the construction of a magnificent villa, complete with vast cellars.
In 1992 Contessa Noemi Marone Cinzano bought the estate and engaged the world-famous Giacomo Tachis (the creator of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia) as consultant oenologist. It was he who launched Argiano’s Super Tuscan, Solengo. Under his guidance, too, the Sangiovese vineyards were extended, and the cellars modernised.
Solengo is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Sangiovese: the vines range in age from 15 to 22 years. The varietals are fermented separately, with a twenty-day maceration & malolactic fermentation in cement tanks. The assembled wine is aged for 18 months in French barriques, 60% new. The first vintage was 1995. Solengo, by the way, means solitary wild boar in Tuscan, and describes perfectly the regal, powerful, self-confident beast that lurks within each.