There are wines that tell territories, others that express ideas, still others that tell stories. Also of family, of comparisons between generations, and of partnerships between parents and children. Who work side by side. Like the project involving Lodovico Antinori, one of the men who most influenced the success of Italian wine in the world, who, in 1981, founded one of the most important estates of Italian wine and Bolgheri, such as Ornellaia and Masseto, and then the Tenuta di Biserno, in Bibbona, inside which still takes care of the symbolic wine, Lodovico, among the most noble in Italy. And who now, with his daughter Sophia, just 22 years old, in a generational collaboration that is also or above all a love story between father and daughter, also takes care of the rosé Sof. And just as the Ornellaia (and then the Masseto, ed) were born with the Bordeaux blend transplanted to the land of Bolgheri, the Sof is set up as a rosé of the highest level and in a Provencal style that looks in the results to Domaine Ott, historic producer with which Provence is identified in oenological terms. A rosé made exclusively from red grapes: the Syrah and Cabernet Franc vineyards are close to the sea on the coast of Alta Maremma, in a mirror position to Provence. The climate is cooler than indoors and guarantees an ideal acidity of the grapes for pink vinification. A Tuscan soul, therefore, for a Provencal style, which also inspires the bottle of Sof, an amphora reminiscent of the south of France, satin with glass powder, extremely captivating. All details aimed at a single and ambitious goal, as it has always been in Lodovico Antinori’s philosophy: to focus on the highest quality to make Sof one of the best rosé wines in Italy.
Focus – In summary: the story of Lodovico Antinori
The Marquis Lodovico Antinori is one of the greatest protagonists of Italian wine history. In 1981, after his period of work in the USA he founded Ornellaia in Bolgheri. An adventure that began out of challenge and, above all, out of pride: “in the United States – explains the Marquis – Italian wines were badly considered, and I wanted to show that in that territory of Italy, wines certainly not worse than the French could be made”. For this reason he decides to base Ornellaia on the vines from beyond the Alps that have made Bordeaux great, including Merlot which gave excellent results in Bolgheri and which, since 1987, has become the Masseto, an icon of the Belpaese like Ornellaia himself who, with the vintage 1998, becomes “Wine of the Year” of the “Top 100” of “Wine Spectator” in 2001.
But Lodovico Antinori does not stop and with his brother Piero and his sister Ilaria, reassembling the Antinori family into a company, he begins to work on two new adventures, a few hundred meters from the Ornellaia vineyards, or the Tenuta Campo di Sasso and the Biserno Estate, today run by his nephew Niccolò Marzichi Lenzi, who, in a few years, becomes one of the most prestigious realities of Italian wine, with spatial judgments from the most influential world wine critics.
“An adventure, that of Biserno, started from nothing like Ornellaia, but with the same philosophy”, explains Lodovico Antinori, strongly linked to this second project, perhaps also on the basis of previous experience. Lodovico Antinori is identified today with his homonymous wine, the “Lodovico”, a rare and surprising blend produced at the Biserno estate, and acclaimed by critics and wine lovers, produced with Cabernet Franc, a small percentage of Petit Verdot and in some vintages also with Merlot grapes.