Featuring special guest Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi from Rocca di Montegrossi winery. While French varieties have probably made their way into Italy for hundreds of years, the modern era can be traced to the decision by the Marchese Mario Incisa dell Rocchetta in the 1940’s to plant Cabernet Sauvignon at the Tenuta San Guido Estate on coastal Tuscany. The resulting wine, ‘Sassicaia’, launched a revolution in Tuscan (and Italian) winemaking; leading to the planting of many other French varieties into the traditional Italian wine landscape. Today Tuscany is home to a broad range of French varieties, produced either as a single wine, or blended with Tuscany’s native son, Sangiovese.
Panelists: Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi (Rocca di Montegrossi Winery), Matt Paul (Importer-Trembath & Taylor)
Wineries: Rocca di Montegrossi, Ornellaia, Fontodi, Isole e Olena, Barone Ricasoli, Ca’Marcanda, I Giusti e Zanza, Montesecondo, Poliziano + more