Grattamacco is the name for a farmhouse surrounded by vineyards in the township of Castagneto Carducci, situated on the first hill which rises above the Tyrrhenian Sea and dominates the Bolgheri plain below. From here, on a good day, the eye sweeps all the way to the island of Corsica. The vineyards, all in well exposed positions and with excellent calcareous clay soils, are all surrounded by woods of Mediterranean brush inhabited by wild boar. A magic spot, whose “genius loci” is manifested in a great wine. Founded in the 1970’s, Grattamacco was later purchased by a company of Claudio Tipa (the brother-in-law of Ernesto Bertarelli, whose Alinghi yacht is the current holder of the America’s Cup), has committed an enormous effort in order to reinforce and re-launch the reputation and success of this extraordinary terroir. Grattamacco, a Bolgheri Superiore DOC wine, is produced from 27 acres of vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese, aged 18 months in barrique in the estate’s suggestive cellars and then a year in bottle before release. A wine of great personality, firm in color, complex in aroma with notes of red fruit and spice, dense on the palate, concentrated, supple, and elegant. Alongside this legendary wine is Alberello, another Bolgheri red, a blend of Cabernet and Petit Vedot, a singular and spicy bottle. The Grattamacco white wine, instead, is a fine expression of the Vermentino grape. It should be recalled that company which owns Grattamacco is also the proprietor of Colle Massari, located next to the historic Colle Massari castle in the Montecucco appellation. This sister estate has already gained attention with its Colle Massari red wine, a DOC offering from Sangiovese and Cabernet grapes, a lovely wine, fleshy and elegant. Very interesting as well is Rigoletto, where Sangiovese is blended with Montepulciano and Ciliegiolo to give a fragrant and fruity wine, already pleasurable when young.