Grattamacco was founded in 1977 and was the second winery of the Bolgheri appellation, following Sassicaia. Grattamacco has lead the region in environmentally responsible farming, and was the first to use an Alberello or head-pruned method in Bolgheri. The winery lies on a rise between Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri, with a panoramic view of the Tuscan coast. The Grattamacco vineyards are located at about 330 ft. above sea level, in a wonderfully protected plot that spans over one of Bolgheri's only two hills, and is surrounded by other internationally renowned Bolgheri properties.
The property has been part of the ColleMassari Group since 2002.
The Grattamacco vineyards are located at an altitude of about 100m above sea level, in a wonderfully protected position over one of Bolgheri's only two hills. This area benefits from a dry climate with considerable temperature fluctuations and is famous for its great wines. Unlike other Tuscan wine-producing areas, such as Chianti or Montecucco, Sangiovese is still also cultivated here, but increasingly less frequently. The central types are the Bordeaux-Blend types: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Cabernet Franc. So, all robust red wine types from which robust and long-lasting wines are vinified.
A viticulture based on methods and principles totally respectful of the environment allows a spontaneous production of the grapes never excessive, essential reason to guarantee the authentic expression of the terroir of origin. The grapes are harvested manually in vineyards with an average age of 23 years.
The 2017 harvest will surely be remembered as the most precocious of all time, started with the first Merlot on August 17th and ended on September 21st with the last Cabernet Sauvignon. A providential help for the ripening of the grapes arrived thanks to the rains that fell during the first half of September which allowed to slow down the harvest and calmly pick up the remaining grapes. Even in a rather caloric vintage, however, freshness and pleasant taste that characterize the territoriality of this wine stand out. Typical balsamic notes of Mediterranean spices and small red fruits. Agile and persistent character.
Grattamacco's Bolgheri Rosso pairs perfectly with typical, hardy Tuscan dishes and is excellent throughout the meal for its freshness and its versatile character.