Located in the coastal region of Bolgheri around 100 km southwest from Florence, the Guado al Tasso estate was inherited by the Antinori family in the 1930s. The name of the estate derives from the Italian word for badgers (“tasso”), which are sometimes seen crossing fords (“guado”) in the streams around the estate. With over 300 hectares of land, the estate prospers from a mild climate and breezes regulated by the Tyrrhenian Sea which help alleviate the extremes of temperature in the vineyards throughout summer and winter. Known as the ‘Bolghrei Amphitheatre’, this micro-climate means that the harvest usually takes place at the end of August – two weeks earlier than the harvest in Chianti and other areas further from the coast. Guado al Tasso produces white and rose wines as well as their more famous reds, with vineyards consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Vermentino Nero and Bianco. The wines are fully expressive of the terroir and the allivual soils in which they are grown.
Although it wasn’t until 1994 that Bolgheri received full DOC status, the Guado al Tasso estate, and the region at large, have undeinably been shaped by the work of Piero Antinori. As a result of the upheaval and long term effects of the Second World War, Piero understood that changes were required in order for wines in this region to progress. Whilst being respectful of traditions, Piero and his winemaker, Giacomo Tachis, consulted with Bordeaux oenologist Emile Peynaud and rethought the estate’s approach to wine making. Described as “the greatest winemaker in Italy” by James Suckling, Piero Antinori has undeniably strengthened the style and desirability of Guado al Tasso wines, adding yet another Super Tuscan to the Antinori hall of fame. Piero’s three daughters have all joined the family business, making them the 26th generation of the family to do so and ensuring the Antinori family legacy can continue.