A living legend, Le Macchiole is today recognized as one of Tuscany’s finest wine estates. Indeed, Le Macchiole is lauded as much for its wines’ consistency and quality as it is for opening doors and increasing the sex appeal of the once little-known Bolgheri region.
It began with a dream of one extraordinary couple – Eugenio Campolmi and his wife, Cinzia Merli. Living a comfortable life running Eugenio’s parents’ retail business, they longed to make wine in Tuscany and set about exploring the region to discover the perfect site for their ambitions.
In 1983, Eugenio and Cinzia came across a special piece of land in the then largely unheard-of Bolgheri region, just 5 miles from the coast. It was love at first sight – they planted several hectares of international varieties and produced their first vintage in 1987. Released in 1989, the inaugural Paleo Rosso was received to universal critical acclaim, validating the couple’s pioneering strategy of making varietal wines in the Bolgheri coastline. Critics praised the power, elegance, and above all, the remarkable concentration inherent to their wines, which has only improved since the initial releases.
Sadly, Eugenio died in 2002, leaving his widow Cinzia and her brother Massimo to continue his pioneering work and forge a legacy worthy of the family name. Understanding and enhancing their unique terroir has been the overriding aim, with a painstaking amount of work going into vineyard management and matching a particular variety of vine to a special place.
But, as anyone who has sampled these delicious wines will testify, the rewards have more than justified the team’s hard work. Today, Le Macchiole continues to make some of the region’s most outstanding wines, characterized by their balance, finesse, and intense aroma and complexity. Accessible on release, the wines will age gracefully for many years – just one of the many reasons why Cellar Tours has fallen madly in love with Le Macchiole and highly recommends the winery as part of a Private Bolgheri Wine Tour!
Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso
60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, before being aged in 20% concrete tanks and 80% French oak.
Le Macchiole Messorio
100% Merlot. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks, before being aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak. Approachable on release, Messorio can be cellared for at least 15 years.
Le Macchiole Scrio
100% Syrah. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks, before being aged for 20 months in 75% new French oak.
Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso
100% Cabernet Franc. The wine is fermented in concrete tanks, before being aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak.
Le Macchiole Paleo Bianco
A varying blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is fermented in French barriques for 10 days, before being aged in 30% new French oak for 7 months. A complex, structured white wine, perfect for seafood.
Strada Provinciale 16B Bolgherese
189/A - 57022 Castagneto Carducci (LI)
Tel (+39) 0565 766092
Fax (+39) 0565 763240
- DOC Bolgheri
- Area under vine
- 27 hectares
- Age of vines
- 30 years+ Low yields
- Oak barrel origin
- Luca Rettondini
- Cinzia Merl
- 160,000 bottles per annum, depending on the vintage
- Grape varietals
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay