Tenuta San Guido Description
Tenuta San Guido, renowned for its iconic Sassicaia wine, is situated in the picturesque Tuscan region of Maremma. This prestigious winery, opened to the world in 1968, has achieved fame not only for its exceptional wines but also for pioneering the Super Tuscan movement.
The heart of Tenuta San Guido’s vineyards lies within its very own DOC appellation, Bolgheri Sassicaia. Here, the estate is dedicated to the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, which form the backbone of Sassicaia.
Sassicaia, a trailblazing Super Tuscan, is celebrated for its supple texture, elegant character, and enticing perfume. The grapes are harvested just before full ripeness, ensuring finesse, fragrance, and lower alcohol levels. Following a two-week fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine matures for about 24 months in French oak barrels, a significant portion of which are new.
Beyond Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido produces Guidalberto and Le Difese, both classified as IGT Toscana wines. Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, while Le Difese combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, with a portion aging in American oak.
Collaborating with the Santadi Co-op, the estate extends its viticultural expertise to Sardinia through Agricola Punica, producing wines under the Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT classification.
Tenuta San Guido’s journey began with the visionary Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta in the 1940s. His desire to create a Bordeaux-style wine led to the birth of Sassicaia. Initially met with skepticism, the first commercial release in 1968 changed the wine world’s perception. Sassicaia paved the way for the IGT classification and the establishment of Bolgheri’s DOC appellation.
With a rich history and a portfolio of exceptional wines, Tenuta San Guido continues to be a beacon of quality and innovation in the world of Italian winemaking.