Bolgheri is a village of Castagneto Carducci, a municipality of the province of Livorno, Tuscany. The place “Bolgheri” earned its name because it was the military camp of Bulgarians in early 1000. Bolgheri was just a region of mediocre white and rose wine producers. But by 1974 in a wine-tasting competition, a six-year-old Sassicaia wine won the hearts of world-class connoisseurs, and that started the Bolgheri Wine Region, where wine produced from this region became instantly accessible and known to have that appealing wine taste.
In 2017, the World Wine Town was opened to the public to boost wine tourism in the area. With the help of the Oscar-winning art Director Dante Ferretti, this event became a huge success for its producer. Besides this, the region also initiated a Musem Sensory and Multimedia Wine Museum with restaurants wine shops, conference facilities, and culinary schools to attract even more tourists in their area.
It is proven and tested that wine produced from this area is, in fact, a delicacy. It earned a lot of praises and positive feedbacks not only from connoisseurs but also from wine lovers all over the globe. So, to further your knowledge about Bolgheri Wine Industry, here is a list of the most popular Bolgheri Wine.
1st – Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri
This is the most famous wine from the Bolgheri Region, earning a score of 94 percent and 4.5 stars from 1000 respondents; this wine is the combination of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is produced in Tuscany, Italy. It has a 12% to 14% alcohol content. It is mostly red, bold and structured in taste. It is best paired with beef and some Venison.
2nd – Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore
Second or our list from the same region, also earning an aggregated critic score of 94 out of 100 and a 4.5 rating from respondents. This wine uses a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. It is also produced in Tuscany, Italy. It contains 13% to 15% alcohol content. It is best paired with beef and Venison.
3rd – Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore
Finishing third on the list, with a score of 93 out of 100 and a 4.0 rating from respondents. The blend of this wine depends on the vintage, but it is usually Bordeaux Blend Red. This wine is produced in Tuscany, Italy. This wine contains 13% to 14% of alcohol. It won a silver award in the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards. Like any other delicious red wine, it is best paired with steak and barbeque.
4th – Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore
Fourth on our list, with a score of 92 out of 100 and 4.0 in ratings. This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet. This also contains 13% to 14% alcohol. This wine earned a lot of awards in consecutive wine contests like; Silver Awards for both 2011 and 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards, it was commended in the 2011 International Wine Challenge, and the list goes on. This wine is red in color and bold and structured in taste.
5th – Marchesi Antinori Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri il Bruciato
From the same wine producer Marchesi Antinori, Bolgheri il Bruciato is the fifth on our most popular red wine in the Bolgheri Region. This red wine earned a 91 out of 100 and 4.0 ratings. This red wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. This red wine has a very intense ruby red in color. You can immediately smell raspberry, rose, black cherry and resin from this drink. It is aged up to 12 months for a more structured and bold flavor.
6th – Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia Bolgheri
From the producer Tenuta Poggio al Tesoro, this red wine has an aggregated critic score of 91 out of 100, and it earned a 4.0 rating from respondents. This red wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. It also contains 14% alcohol. This red wine was also awarded a Gold in the 2016 International World Wine Challenge and a Silver award on the same event on the following year.
The 100-point scale is a standardized instrument for wine evaluation popularized by Wine Spectator in their magazine; this was also supported by Robert Parker, a world-class connoisseur in his Wine Advocate newsletter. Basically, a 95 to 100 score is interpreted as a great wine, a classic. A 90 to 94 score is interpreted as an outstanding wine and so forth.
In the 5-point scale, or usually denoted in star symbols are popularized by the Decanter Magazine. John Platter, a world-class connoisseur, also used this to evaluate his wines. Earning a five star means that the wine is a cape classic and a four-star rating is said to be excellent.
Therefore, the list aforementioned are outstanding wines from the said region evaluated by international magazines and connoisseurs. So what are you waiting for? Order your first Bolgheri Wine to taste its excellence.