Located in central Tuscany on the Etruscan coast, this small town doesn't have a particularly long winemaking history — at least compared to the rest of the region — but it owes its current success to a winemaker named Marchese Incisa della Rocchetta, who In the 1940s, it was decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon on his wife's San Guido estate in an effort to replicate the Medoc wines he loved.
One of those wines, Sassicaia, one of the first Supertuscan wines, received such acclaim that it attracted investment and interest in more grape growing in the region. They enjoy a mild climate thanks to the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea, the constant breeze softens the summer heat and the rigors of winter clean the air and provide a high degree of sunlight and radiation.
Meanwhile, this restigious Bolgheri appellation on the coast of Tuscany, located above Maremma, about 100 kilometers southwest of the city of Florence, has become a worldwide known reference point for international high-end wines such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Guado al Tasso.
Today Bolgheri has its own DOC, elevated from IGT status thanks to the Supertuscan movement, which, simply put, is winemaking using international grape varieties and vinification practices outside of traditional Italian wine laws. White wines from Bolgheri (Bolgheri Bianco) are usually made from Vermentino grapes and the rosato (rosé) wines, like the red wines, may be Sangiovese blended with Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot and other grapes.
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