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Tenuta San Guido

Tuscan winery, where the Sassicaia (Bolgheri Sassicaia) is produced; look there.

It is very rare (except in Bordeaux) that a wine name is synonymous with the producer and the winery name is rather unknown. One example is "Tenuta San Guido". The estate is located ten kilometers from the coast near the municipality of Bolgheri south of Livorno in the Italian region Tuscany, Here the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rochetta (1899-1983), from an ancient noble family dating back to the time of the Roman Empire, settled. He was hereditarily predisposed because his grandfather Leopoldo Incisa had written a bibliography about the most important Italian and international grape varieties at that time.

As a young student of agriculture in Pisa, the Marchese had dreamed of making a "noble wine", for him the benchmark or model was Bordeaux. So he started experimenting with French grape varieties. In 1944, Cabernet Sauvignon was planted on a rocky slope below Castiglioncello Castle. At that time this was outside all recognized growing areas. The first wine was produced in 1948, but the vintages up to 1960 were only drunk on their own property. Some boxes from each year were stored. Through regular rehearsals, the Marchese found that the...

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