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The Podere Sapaio winery proudly produces full-bodied red wines, from typically Bordeaux varieites in the relatively new wine growing area of Bolgheri. Bolgheri is a wine region located in Maremma, the coastal area that bridges southern Tuscany and Northern Lazio. In living memory, Maremma was still a swamp, only completely drained in the 1930s and it is quite unique in Italy’s multitude of wine regions. Comparably low and flat, this area has proven to produce ripe, floral and full-bodied wines from grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It is the home of the prized Super Tuscan wines that brought this region to international fame in the 1970s, but look beyond these super premium examples and you will find small producers such as Podere Sapaio, making beautiful wines and extracting the best from this land.

Formed in the early 2000s under the watchful eye of owner Massimo Piccin and consultant winemaker Carlo Ferrini, Podere Sapaio planted vineyards on around 25-hectares. Native to Veneto, Massimo Piccin’s life goal was to dedicate himself to making wines in the Maremma area and the focus of the winery is to produce wines of power, elegance and longevity. In recent years, Podere Sapaio converted to organic winemaking and are now certified in the production. Their credit the conversion to organics with making their wines speak mnore honestly of the land, with a fresher yet earthier character in the wines. Through combinations of Tuscan Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, alongside careful and considered oak treatment, Podere Sapaio produce some of the most scrumptious wines in the entire appellation. Fans of big, complex, dark fruit flavours will enjoy these wines and for those with the patience, these will age for years to come.

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