Bolgheri Wine

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Bolgheri is a region in the Livorno province of Tuscany, Italy named for the historic town along the Ligurian coast. One of the defining features of the town is an 8th century castle, built by the family of Count della Gherardesca. The army of Emperor Maximilian all but destroyed it in 1496 during a massive invasion. What stands now is thanks to the efforts of a local noble family, who reconstructed the castle in the 1800s around its few remaining original sections. 
 
It is here that the seeds of the Super Tuscan era were first planted, literally and figuratively. In the early 1940s, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta moved to Bolgheri. In the interest of making wines for private consumption, he imported Cabernet Sauvignon vines from Bordeaux’s Chateau Lafitte and established a little vineyard called Tenuta San Guido. While very rustic at first, he began to develop his wines into what evolved into Sassicaia, what some say is the duperest of the Super Tuscans. Bolgheri Read more »

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  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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