It is very rare (except in Bordeaux) for a wine name to be synonymous with the producer and for the name of the winery to be rather unknown. One example is "Tenuta San Guido". The estate is located ten kilometres from the coast near the municipality of Bolgheri south of Livorno in the Italian region of Tuscany. It was settled by the marquis Mario Incisa della Rochetta (1899-1983), a member of an ancient noble family dating back to the Roman Empire. He was hereditary, as his grandfather Leopoldo Incisa had written a bibliography of the most important Italian and international grape varieties of the time.
Even as a young student of agriculture in Pisa, the Marchese had dreamed of making a "noble wine", the benchmark or model for him was Bordeaux. Therefore he began to experiment with French grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon was planted on a stony slope below the Castiglioncello Castle in 1944. At that time, it was outside of all recognized growing areas. A first wine was produced in 1948, but the vintages up to 1960 were only drunk on the estate. A few cases of each vintage were stored. Through regular sampling, the Marchese discovered that the wines were getting better and better.
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