From Super Tuscan to Bolgheri DOC
Italian fine wine has long been considered to be synonymous with indigenous varietal wines like Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello di Montalcino. But in 1944 plantings in a fourth “B”, Bolgheri, were the beginning of a new kind of wine from Italy, one made of Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Initially Marchesi Mario Incisa della Rocchetta made his wines for home consumption but after unleashing his wine under the name of Sassicaia in 1968, everything began to change. The wines gained momentum and popularity and eventually became known as Super Tuscans before being finally truly embraced by Italy and given the Bolgheri DOC.
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