Tenuta San Guido
HISTORY AND COMPANY
Tenuta San Guido is a prestigious symbol of Made in Italy in the wine sector, known throughout the world. This legendary estate is located in the Bolgheri area and stretches for 13 km between the coast and the rolling hills of the Maremma. Its name derives from that of San Guido della Gherardesca, lived in the 13th century and 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 the reins of the property and inaugurates the production of a great wine made in the manner of the wines of Bordeaux, 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-style wine aged in French barrels and planted some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet vines Franc, sensing a similarity between the territory of Bolgheri and that of Graves, in Bordeaux. In 1948 the first vintage of Sassicaia was produced for friends and relatives, named for the stony and gravelly composition of the soil, but it was only released 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 doubts, given the substantial novelty of the use of international vines and barriques, 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. The Tenuta San Guido has been managed since 1983 by Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta, Mario's son, who has the merit of having contributed to having increased the prestige of Sassicaia in the world, remaining faithful to the intuition of his father, and having created other great wines : Guidalberto, produced since 2000, and Le Difese, starting in 2002. Names that are a must for all lovers of great red wines. Real national glories, symbols of Italian excellence in the world.