The wines of Le Macchiole have given and continue to give prestige to the wines of Tuscany. First of all the red wine Paleo Rosso, Cabernet Franc, the wine Paleo Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and Messorio, Merlot.
Le Macchiole’s History and Philosophy
The history of Bolgheri is curious, both as regards its origins and for its current status as source of some of the most awarded wines in Italy. Like much of the Tyrrhenian coast of Tuscany , the Bolgheri area too it was not a wine growing area at all. The cause was due to the presence of stagnant water which favored the proliferation of mosquitoes and therefore of malaria. Furthermore, the area was not densely populated, especially near the sea, and the amount of agricultural activities was very small. The first wine, which represented a real innovative effort, was Sassicaia, made by the Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta. A few thousand bottles that appeared in the 70s, but that did not produce any particular effect, inspiring only a few companies to follow in his footsteps.
One of these was the Azienda Agricola Le Macchiole owned by Eugenio Campolmi , a citizen of the place whose family worked in the restaurant sector. Eugene was convinced immediately that the climate and the local soil could produce excellent wines from Cabernet Franc and Merlot from Bordeaux.
The wines of Le Macchiole
Its red wines, both the blend and a series of mono-varietal wines based on Merlot , Cabernet Franc and Syrah , led Le Macchiole to become one of the prominent names both along the coast and throughout Tuscany .
On a cruel whim of fate Eugene did not live long enough to see all the glory that his foresight should have rightly recognized him. But his wife, Cinzia Merli , continued her activity with the same determination and will. Today Messorio ( Merlot ) and Scrio ( Syrah ) are now regularly listed among the best wines in the region. But even more successful was the Paleo Rosso , since 2001 entirely Cabernet Franc , a wine to be discovered and a real surprise given that, in Bordeaux, the grape normally gives wines with an intense fragrance and personality, but little bodied. On the Tuscan coast, however, Cabernet Franc can obtain superlative results and Paleo has shown it, inspiring many followers, who have given new prestige to Tuscany and its wines.
Info & Contacts Le Macchiole
Address: Strada Provinciale Bolgherese, 189/A, 57022 Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci LI
Tel: +39 0565 766092