Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC is a red wine, dry, based on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, produced within a single company, Tenuta San Guido in the town of Castegneto Carducci.
Count Guido Alberto della Gherardesca, in the first half of the 1800s, introduced a new wine culture with the hiring of winemaking experts, including Giuseppe Mazzanti in Bolgheri. In 1816 the first experimental vineyards arose at the Capanne di Castiglioncello, where later the first Sassicaia wine vineyard was born, and in the Castelluccio grounds. The viticultural choices were made not only based on the terroir but above all based on the French wine culture with particular attention to the methods of winemaking and the vines used in France: to confirm this, the choices made by Count Guido Alberto and Mazzanti were precisely addressed on French vines including Gamay, Cabernet and Syrah.
The destruction of the vineyards due to the phylloxera attack in the early 1900s forced the rethinking of the overall structure of the vineyard and the type of grape most suitable for the area.
After an interlocutory period between the two wars, the intuitions of the Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta and his preferences for French vines proved to be completely founded.They demonstrated that the wines produced in this territory, starting from those French grapes, Bordeaux in particular, can compete with the most famous wines in the world.
The official consecration of the “Sassicaia” wine takes place in 1978 when the magazine Decanter publishes a comparative tasting of Cabernet from the world, and the “Sassicaia” takes first place. Subsequently, the 1985 vintage of Sassicaia competes, in a tasting of the Grand Jury Européen, with the Grands Crus of Bordeaux and obtains the highest recognition. Since then, its absolute excellence has been confirmed by many national and international awards in the periodic tastings of sector magazines.
The Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC wine obtained the recognition of the Controlled Designation of Origin on November 5, 1994.
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