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Tenuta San Guido

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

It is (except in Bordeaux) very rare that a wine name is synonymous with the producer and the winery name is rather unknown. An 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, It was here that Marquis Mario Incisa della Rochetta (1899-1983) descended from an ancient aristocratic family dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. He was hereditary, because his grandfather Leopoldo Incisa had written a bibliography of the then most important Italian and international grape varieties.

Even as a young student of agriculture in Pisa, the Marchese had dreamed of making a "noble wine", the benchmark or the model for him was Bordeaux. That's why he started experimenting with French grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in 1944 on a rocky slope below Castiglioncello Castle. This was then outside all recognized areas. A first wine was produced in 1948, but the vintages until 1960 were drunk only on their own possessions. From each vintage some boxes were stored. Through regular rehearsals, the Marchese discovered...

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