My name is Donatella and I was born in Tuscany, in a town called Siena, where I live with my husband and my two children.

I'm a licensed tour guide in both English, French and German and since 1998

I'm a professional sommelier with the Wine Sommelier Degree.

Wine Tour in Tuscany

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Supertuscan in Bolgheri Tour

Bolgheri is a small village located in the Province of Livorno, nearby the Tyrrhenian coast of Tuscany.  The name Bolgheri its been given also to a very famous wine region, where, due to it's particular weather conditions (sunny, dry and windy) and due to the characteristics of the soil, are grown mostly French grapes varietals (as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot).  Here you'll find some of the bests Cabernet and Merlot producers in the world.

Bolgheri became international very well known in 1974 when a 6 years old Sassicaia wine (a blend of Cabernets) won as the best Bordeaux wine of the year.  Today this is the place where the most prestigious Super Tuscans are made, such as Sassicaia (Tenuta San Guido), Ornellaia (Tenuta dell'Ornellaia) and Antinori (Guado al Tasso). Some of these wineries were built from the ground up when the Bolgheri surrounding areas were largely unonhabited, and this is the reason why they can be considered today as true pieces of art.

Until 1994 the Super Tuscans were classify as table wines – vino da tavola or IGT Toscana–  as there was not a regulation that cames from the goverment in terms of tradition and rules of aging and blending.  The current DOC regulation for Bolgheri red, approved only in 1994, determine that the Bolgheri Rosso must be aged 24 months and that the Sangiovese may be used up to 70%; Cabernet Sauvignon from 10 to 80%; Merlot up to 80%; and other local varieties up to 30%.