Just ten kilometers from the coast stretching from Piombino to Castiglioncello lies Bolgheri, a beautiful hamlet in such a picturesque landscape, it seems to have come straight off the canvas of a painting. Though this town has a population of just over 100, its fame for producing some of the world’s best wines means that it is always lively with visitors stopping in to try the world renowned Bolgheri Super Tuscan wines straight from the source. Where else would be a more appropriate setting than the narrow stone lanes and colorful cafes to taste the passion of this fairytale town than in Bolgheri itself?
For a long time, Bolgheri wine was unknown to the world outside of the Costa degli Etruschi, then in 1978, a Bolgheri area wine called Sassicaia beat a series of Bordeaux wines in a blind tasting organized by Decanter Magazine instantly putting the on the world stage. Though the world of wine may have been shocked, it came as no surprise to the locals who have known for generations that the micro climate in the surrounding area was not only a dream to live in, but also was ideal to produce fantastic wines. Peeling back the layers of history, it makes even more sense that Bolgheri, in the Etruscan coast, would punch above its weight against the giant French wine producers. It was, after all, the Etruscans who taught the French how to make wine when they introduced winemaking to Southern France in around 525 B.C.