Tenuta Guado al Tasso | Bolgheri
The Guado al Tasso estate is located in the small but prestigious Bolgheri DOC, on the coast of upper Maremma, about one hundred kilometres southwest of Florence. The estate covers an area of over 1000 hectares (2500 acres); 320 (790 acres) of which are planted with vines and extends from the green hills surrounding the old village of Bolgheri down to the sea.
In the 1930’s, the Guado al Tasso property was inherited by Carlotta Della Gherardesca Antinori (Piero Antinori’s mother) and her sister who was married to Mario Incisa Della Rocchetta (who received the nearby Tenuta San Guido estate).
The vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Vermentino grape varieties with the nearby sea providing a mild climate with constant breezes that mitigate summer heat and alleviate harsh winter weather. The region's alluvial soils, which vary from sandy-clay to silty-clay rich in agglomerate from Bolgheri (a very fine gravel), influence the character and personality of the varietals grown and give them a distinctive territorial identity.
The Bolgheri DOC started out as Rosé-only; white wines were permitted in 1984 and 10 years later the laws finally recognised the extraordinary success of the mould-breaking Cabernet based red wines. From 2007 Cabernet Franc has played a growing role, both as an exceptional blending component for Guado al Tasso and also as a limited edition single-varietal bottling called Matarocchio.