Regulations

"The Consortium is the official body recognized by the Ministry of Food Products and Forestry Policies as the authority for the protection and the promotion of the DOC Bolgheri and DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia wines"

DOC Bolgheri

- 0-100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 0-100% Merlot
- 0-100% Cabernet Franc
- 0-50% Syrah
- 0-50% Sangiovese
- < 30% complementary (Petit Verdot, etc)

Maximum yield 90 q.li/ha
The wine may be released only after the 1 September on the year following harvest

 

DOC Bolgheri Superiore

- 0-100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 0-100% Merlot
- 0-100% Cabernet Franc
- 0-50% Syrah
- 0-50% Sangiovese
- < 30% complementary (Petit Verdot, etc)

Maximum yield 80 q.li/ha
The wine has to be aged at least 2 years calculated from the 1 January of the year following harvest, of which at least one in oak barrels

 

DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia

Minimum 80% Cabernet Sauvignon
Maximum yield 70 q.li/ha
The wine has to be aged at least 2 years calculated from the 1 January of the year following harvest, of which at least 18 months in 225 l barriques


DOC BOLGHERI        DOC BOLGHERI SASSICAIA        STATUTE

 

 

 

 

 

History

"Bolgheri wines, a full and grand expression of terroir, wines which are deeply linked to the soil and climate of their territory"

 

 

Mario Incisa della Rocchetta planted the first Cabernet vineyard in Castiglioncello di Bolgheri in 1944. The first bottle of Sassicaia, with the same label we know today, appeared in 1968. The DOC certification for the red wine came only in 1994, and regulates Bolgheri Superiore and Bolgheri Sassicaia wines, as the first example of Italian cru. It took many years to recognize that the brilliant insight of the Marquis Incisa had created a unique phenomenon in the history of Italian wine: that phenomenon which makes Bolgheri wines a full and grand expression of terroir, wines which are deeply linked to the soil and climate of their territory. Wines with an original and personal character and raced, the most famous of which are the result of a perfect adaptation of the Bordeaux grape varieties to the Bolgheri climate, a Mediterranean expression of Cabernet and Merlot, which is just as fascinating as the Atlantic expression. Starting already in the 1980s, other producers followed the exemple of the Bolgheri Sassicaia and prove that the entire territory, and not just one wine, is "great." The area covered by the DOC Bolgheri certification has expanded rapidly in the last ten years, going from 250 hectares at the end of the 90s, to 1.200 hectares today. There are currently 40 members of the Consortium, out of 52 companies which operate in the territory.

 

 

 

 

 

At the present moment, the producers who are members of the Consortium are 40. The Consortium represents 92% of the overall total registered vineyard surface in the appellation. The data of the official census of the vineyard surface, completed in February 2013, are the following: 1.205,51 hectares (2.979 acres) planted within the appellation borders. Of this, 1.108,08 hectares (2.737 acres) belong to consortium members; 1014,36 hectares (2.505 acres) are registered to the appellation, while the remaining acreage is registered to the production of IGT (Typical Geographical Indication) wine. Concering the DOC surface, the division among the different red grape varieties is the following: Cabernet Sauvignon 42,34% , Merlot 25,07%, Cabernet Franc 9,41%, Petit Verdot 6,04%, Syrah 6,93%, Sangiovese 1,82%. While the white grapes are: Vermentino 6,70%, Viognier 0,52 % and Sauvignon Blanc 0,33 %.