The name “Super Tuscan” comes from rebellion. In the 1970s and early 1980s, a group of producers in a small region known as Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast learned that Bordelaise and Rhone varietals grow very well in Tuscany, and even create distinct character from the area. The DOC and DOCG regulations at the time prohibited the labeling of anything outside of the recognized classifications—such as Chianti—beyond the level of basic Vino d’Tavola. The labeling of wines blended with Cabernet, Merlot, or Syrah became known as “Super Tuscans” in what would soon become one of the most sought after and expensive bottles of wine in the world.
Campo alla Sughera. First Growth Bordeaux in coastal Tuscany:
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