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Course: Tuscany

Class 3: Bolgheri and Super Tuscans


Bolgheri, the untamed region in northern Maremma, is about an hour's drive south of Pisa, between Livorno and Grosetto.

Part of central Italy's most beautiful nature reserve, Bolgheri is rich with marshes, meadows and mountains, all filled with wildlife.


Early Vision: Bordeaux Benchmark

Mario Incisa della Rocchetta began making red wine in Bolgheri in the late 1950s. The aristocrat was a great fan of the fine reds of Bordeaux, and he dreamed of making a similar wine in the land around his horse farm.

By the 1970s, Sassicaia had become an international success with the help of Incisa's cousin Piero Antinori, whose former winemaker Giacomo Tachis fine-tuned the wines. Tachis still makes Sassicaia.

In the late 1970s, a few...

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