Lodovico knows wines well and chose an idyllic site in the hills near Bolgheri to create his own magnificent property, beautifully positioned next to the Sassicaia vineyards on gentle slopes above the coastal plain. He set about creating a great estate to make wines in the emerging Super-Tuscan mould to rival the best wines in the world. Instead of planting Sangiovese, he planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, as well as Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. A massive investment was made and an impressive winery was built in the Californian style. Work continues today extending the winery and the initial desire to fully integrate the structures into the landscape has resulted in a beautiful and harmonious building. Lodovico developed and nurtured the estate for over a decade before passing the baton to the very successful joint ownership of Marchese de' Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi which has today metamorphosed into ownership by Tenuta di Toscana, a company controlled by Marchesi de'Frescobaldi.
“What appeared to be a disadvantage for the 2013 vintage – late budding and flowering – proved to be a major advantage
thanks to a warm summer and month of September offering textbook conditions for harvesting, with cool temperatures but a
prevalence of sunny weather. This resulted in slow but complete ripening with great balance and a delightful aromatic
quality, which we like to define as “Elegance”. Ornellaia 2013, with its dense, vibrant colour, has a nose of splendid
aromatic complexity built around a limpid and brilliant fruitiness, underscored by refined spicy and balsamic notes. The
mouth develops vibrant and complex fruity nuances framed by a dense, slender structure with tannins that attain a rare
harmony between firmness and fleshiness, concluding with a long balanced and fresh finish.”
Axel Heinz - May 2015
"Super Tuscans" are perfect accompaniments to grilled steaks and roasts. Bitter vegetables like rapini and kale make fine accoutrements, and also polenta, stewed white beans, and porcini mushrooms.