Welcome to another episode of On The Road Edition. Today Stevie Kim is in Bolgheri, sitting down with Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja.
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About today’s guest:
Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi SpA and Chief Executive Officer for Ornellaia E Masseto SA SRL (a subsidiary of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi SpA). He studied Economics at the University of Florence and entered the wine business in Italy in the early 1970s, eventually becoming CEO of Rémy Cointreau’s Italian company. After 12 years as CEO of Antinori, he took on the challenge of reorganizing the worldwide distribution for the Remy Cointreau Group. At the same time, he started consulting for Frescobaldi on their joint venture project called “Luce della Vite,” with the Robert Mondavi Corporation. In 1996, Giovanni became CEO of Frescobaldi and in 1999 became CEO of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, which produces Ornellaia and Masseto.
ORNELLAIA is synonymous with Tuscany. The estate encompasses 115 hectares under vine along the Tuscan coastline. Ornellaia Bolgheri DOC Superiore is the estate’s top wine, followed by Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia and Le Volte dell’Ornellaia, and the whites Ornellaia Bianco and Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia. In little over thirty years (the first vintage of Ornellaia was in 1985). The wines here are famous and coveted all over the world.
Masseto, since 1986 is one wine, from one vineyard, and one estate. The potential of the acclivity where the Masseto vineyard stands along the Tuscan coast was glimpsed at the beginning of the Eighties. The blue clay, refreshing coastal breezes and the superlative refraction of the light guaranteed by the Mediterranean Sea all contribute to the intriguing blend of power, elegance and complexity that distinguishes the wine from the estate. Since the 2017 vintage, Masseto has been accompanied by the second wine Massetino. Both begin their journey on the Masseto hillslope in 11 hectares densely planted under vine and progress from prized grapes to coveted bottles of wine that refine in the estate’s cellar, designed by architectural firm Zito Mori, which was inaugurated in April 2019. This marks the point of departure for both wines around the world, every autumn, through Place de Bordeaux.
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