Tenuta San Guido
In the heart of Tuscan Maremma, between Livorno and Grosseto, the San Guido estate vineyards cover 90 hectares of hillsides, growing at an altitude of up to almost 400 metres, surrounded by Mediterranean scrub. The estate’s vineyards are strictly divided into selected zones according to the different characteristics of exposure and soil composition.
Sassicaia is the San Guido estate's top wine, whose history dates back to the 1920s. This was when young Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, a student in Pisa, decided to follow his dream and create a purebred wine. French Bordeaux wine was his point of reference and that of the aristocracy of the time. Later when he and his wife moved to the San Guido estate, he started experimenting and, realising just how similar this area of Tuscany is to the French subregion of Graves in Bordeaux, he decided to attempt to grow vines here, a zone hitherto unknown to the world of wine. This led to Sassicaia, which, for nearly 20 years (1948-1967), was produced strictly for private consumption. Over the years, leaving the wine to age in the estate’s cellars, he realised that with time, what had previously seemed defects became virtues. And so, in 1968, Mario Incisa della Rocchetta decided to launch on the market the first vintage of this fine red wine, which was given a welcome equal to that of a Premier Cru from Bordeaux. Along with Sassicaia, the San Guido estate also produces Guidalberto and Le Difese.