TRAVERSING ALL THE SPLENDOR OF THE LESSER-KNOWN ITALIAN WINE REGION
Ah Tuscany: Whilst we’re all stuck at home not knowing when we’re going to be allowed out again here’s a little something we can look forward to maybe? Whatever happens: we get vaccine passports or they just open the doors and we run screaming into the daylight having an idea of a hidden gem hiding in plain sight is a fabulous thought.
From Cool Hunting:
Barolo and Montepulciano oftentimes steal the spotlight when it comes to iconic Italian wine towns, but the tiny, castle-topped home to one of the original Super Tuscans (red blends made in the region)—Bolgheri—is slowly emerging as a favorite, where visitors cozy up in villas along the coast. Before the 1980s, the region boasted one sole vineyard: Sassicaia, known for its Bordeaux-inspired, terroir-heavy reds grown in rocky vineyards. Today, there are 55 wine estates. One of those estates is the glorious Tenuta Sette Cieli (or “Estate of Seven Skies”), a 1,300-foot-high hilltop wine estate that feels as if it’s suspended over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Before the pandemic, we spent a weekend driving around with Ambrogio Cremona Ratti, owner and brand ambassador of Tenuta Sette Cieli, eating, drinking and exploring the lush region.
As the Bolgheri DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) is fresh off celebrating its 25th anniversary, a slew of new tasting rooms and restaurants have entered into the scene, making the 1.5-hour drive from Florence to the coastal town even more appealing—travel restrictions and safety precautions allowing, of course.