Tenuta San Guido

Tenuta San Guido's wine adventure began in the 1940s when Mario Incisa della Rocchetta decided to dedicate a small part of the estate's agricultural land to wine production. The first bottles were corked in 1945, and although the wine was initially intended for personal consumption, Mario Incisa della Rocchetta quickly realized the excellent conditions the classic Bordeaux grapes had in Bolgheri's gravelly soil. This realization solidified his determination to create wines on par with the best from Bordeaux.

With a clear vision of creating something extraordinary, he asked his nephew Piero Antinori for help in creating the wine Sassicaia. Throughout the 1960s, the pieces began to fall into place for the ambitious duo, and in the early 1970s, the first Sassicaia (1968 vintage) was released to the market.

Breakthrough for Sassicaia

Sassicaia quickly gained recognition, winning a major competition in 1978 hosted by Decanter, where the wine triumphed in a blind tasting against 33 other Bordeaux blends. The significant breakthrough occurred (as seen so many times before) when Sassicaia 1985 was awarded 100 points by Robert Parker. Since then, Tenuta San Guido and their Sassicaia wine have gained great prestige in the global market and among wine collectors. At the same time, Sassicaia has proven to be a good investment wine, with impressive value increases over time, even though production approached 200,000 bottles in some years.

Here at ShareWine, you can often find different vintages of Sassicaia on auction at great prices.

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Tuscany
2 bottles (sold together)
Fantastisk vin og ved at være drikkemoden. Perfekt stand og opbevaret i vinkøleskab.
4 Days 19 Hours
Egå
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1,700 DKK
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Tuscany
6 bottles (total price)
6 OWC - aldrig brudt og opbevaret i køleskab siden frigivelsen. komplet kasse
18 Days 9 Hours
Aalborg
Current Price:
16,000 DKK
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Tuscany
1.5 L (Magnum)
The finesse and aromatic richness of a Tuscan red wine The property Tenuta San Guido is a point of reference for the great wines of Tuscany, located between Livorno and Grosseto, born from the marriage between the Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta and Clarice della Gherardesca. In 1942, Mario decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines in this area of ​​Tuscany, thus signing the birth of Sassicaia a few years later. In 1983, Tenuta San Guido became the first estate in Italy to receive its own denomination with the consecration of the Bolgheri DOC in 1983. The vineyard Produced since 2002, Tenuta San Guido's Difese 2020 is a Tuscan IGT wine obtained from vineyards planted on a mosaic of soils composed of limestone, stones, pebbles and partly clay. Located between 100 and 300 meters above sea level, these vineyards have a west/south-west exposure. The vintage Autumn and early winter were characterized by high humidity and temperatures that alternated between mild and cool. The mildness of spring favored early budding in the vineyard. The drop in temperatures and the frosts recorded at the end of March did not have an excessive impact on the vineyard. Although the appearance of secondary buds led to a decline in yields, the quality and concentration were better. From mid-June onwards, sunny, hot and dry days settled in without consequences for the vineyard thanks to the sufficient water reserves. Despite the lower yields, the quality is excellent. Vinification and ageing The grapes are hand-picked and hand-selected before being delicately de-stemmed. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Maceration in contact with the skins for 13-18 days depending on the grape variety, with frequent pumping over and decanting to ensure optimal extraction. Malolactic fermentation in steel vats. Aged for 8 months in French and American oak barrels of 2 and 3 wines (barrels used for the Guidalberto cuvée). Assembly Sangiovese (55%) Cabernet Sauvignon (45%) Characteristics and tasting notes for Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2020 Tasting Dense and structured, this Tuscan wine reveals soft tannins and an aromatic framework of great complexity.
3 Days 8 Hours
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Castell'Alfero
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Tuscany
6 bottles (total price)
Six bottles of Sassicaia 2018 in perfekt condition. The case has never been opened, and the sealing is complete. The wines has been stored under perfect conditions at UrbanWineBox in Copenhagen since I received it. Will only be sold as a complete case of six bottles. Average score 96/100.
3 Days 20 Hours
Frederiksberg
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13,000 DKK
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10 Popular Vintages

Although the yield may vary from year to year, Sassicaia's quality has been very stable, and the wines always score highly with critics. Here are 10 of the most popular Sassicaia vintages:

  • 1985

  • 1995

  • 1997

  • 2004

  • 2006

  • 2008

  • 2010

  • 2013

  • 2015

  • 2016

Guidalberto and Le Difese

In addition to Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido produces two other exciting wines. In 2000, Niccolo Incisa della Rocchetta (Mario Incisa's son) introduced a new wine from Tenuta San Guido called Guidalberto. This wine is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes and is known for its harmonious balance between fruitiness and elegance. Guidalberto is more approachable at a young age but also has aging potential, making it a truly interesting wine.

In addition to Guidalberto and Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido also produces the wine Le Difese, which combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes. It is known for its fresh and fruity character. Le Difese is the perfect companion for more relaxed occasions and is an excellent example of Tenuta San Guido's versatility as a producer.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tenuta San Guido

Who owns Tenuta San Guido today?

Tenuta San Guido is still owned by the Incisa family, who continue to run the vineyard with dedication and passion.

How does Sassicaia's fame impact the wine world today?

Sassicaia's fame has paved the way for many other Italian top wines, especially for the recognition of the so-called Supertuscans from Bolgheri, marking Italy as a significant player in the international wine industry.

Which grapes are used in the production of Tenuta San Guido's wines?

Tenuta San Guido uses a carefully selected blend of grape varieties. The Italian Sangiovese grape is used in smaller quantities, and in addition, the French grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc are used to create their distinctive powerful flavor profiles.

Who owns Tenuta San Guido today?

Tenuta San Guido is still owned by the Incisa family, who continue to run the vineyard with dedication and passion.

Which grapes are used in the production of Tenuta San Guido's wines?

Tenuta San Guido uses a carefully selected blend of grape varieties. The Italian Sangiovese grape is used in smaller quantities, and in addition, the French grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc are used to create their distinctive powerful flavor profiles.

How does Sassicaia's fame impact the wine world today?

Sassicaia's fame has paved the way for many other Italian top wines, especially for the recognition of the so-called Supertuscans from Bolgheri, marking Italy as a significant player in the international wine industry.