Bolgheri is one of the most prestigious wines in Italy, alongside Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino.
The Bolgheri vineyard covers an area of 1,200 hectares and is located in the north of the province of Livorno, in the coastal region of Tuscany, in the Colline Metallifere between the villages of Bolgheri and Castagneto.
The DOC Bolgheri Superiore appellation was created in 1994 following the division of the DOC Bolgheri into 3 appellations. In order to qualify for the "Bolgheri Superiore" label, the DOC Bolgheri Superiore qualification limits the presence of Sangiovese or Syrah (a grape variety that has been expanding over the last 20 years) to 50%, and may contain from 0 to 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Cabernet Franc. The DOC Bolgheri Superiore also differs from the simple DOC Bolgheri in that the wine must be aged for a minimum of two years from 1 January of the year following the harvest, with at least one year in oak barrels.
The wines of the Bolgheri Superiore appellation are always characterised by an intense fruity expression, with aromas of ripe, sweet black fruit and balsamic notes reminiscent of the Mediterranean scrubland, typical of the Bolgheri terroir. On the palate, Bolgheri Superiore is sweet and supple, with an impression of sugar always balanced by great freshness and lively acidity, and with dense and structured tannins. Powerful yet harmonious, Bolgheri Superiore has become an unmistakable classic, representative of the particular expression of the Tuscan terroir.