ABOUT THE WINERY:
Tenuta San Guido is a prestigious symbol of Made in Italy in the wine field, known throughout the world. This legendary estate is located in the Bolgheri area and extends for 13 km between the coast and the rolling hills of Maremma. Its name comes from that of San Guido della Gherardesca, who lived in the 13th century and was the ancestor of Count Giuseppe della Gherardesca, founder of the estate in the early 1900s. But the glorious history of the estate begins when the Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, son-in-law of the count and cousin of the Antinori family, takes over the reins of the property and inaugurates the production of a great wine made in the manner of Bordeaux wines, the Sassicaia. The history of Tenuta San Guido and Sassicaia has become a legend: in the 1940s Mario Incisa della Rocchetta decided to give vines to the dream of producing a Bordeaux blend wine aged in barrique according to the French style and planted some vines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, sensing a similarity between the Bolgheri area and that of Graves, in Bordeaux. In 1948 the first vintage of Sassicaia was produced for friends and relatives, so called due to the stony and gravelly composition of the soil, but it was only put on the market starting from the 1968 vintage, which also marked the beginning of the collaboration between the Marquis and the great winemaker Giacomo Tachis. Initially the wine was received in Italy with many perplexities, given the substantial novelty of the use of international vines and the barrique, but few reached international acclaim as one of the best red wines in the world, especially with the 1985 vintage, considered as the first great vintage of Sassicaia.