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ABOUT THE WINERY

The Pellegrini family, Aia Vecchia’s owners, have been grape growers in the Bolgheri area for several generations and have sold their grapes to many of the most notable wineries in the region for decades. After replanting their original vineyards in 1995, the following year they took the plunge and established their own winery with the goal of creating a portfolio of small-lot, high-quality Super Tuscan blends focusing on Bordeaux grape varieties. The Pellegrinis also located and purchased exceptional pieces of land in the Bolgheri DOC of coastal Tuscany, which had been shown to be ideal for Bordeaux varieties.

On one of the family’s properties there was an old building called Aia Vecchia, which would become the symbol and namesake of the company. The family enlisted the help of well-known agronomist Daniel Schuster in the selection of their plant material, which was imported directly from Bordeaux. They also sought out the services of another highly talented consultant—Hungarian winemaker Tibor Gal, who had been chief winemaker at the pioneering Super Tuscan Ornellaia in Bolgheri. With this lineup, Aia Vecchia developed Lagone, their Merlot-based first wine, in 1998. 

The Bolgheri property proved to be ideal for high-quality Bordeaux-style wine. The area enjoys warmth and light from the sun, both directly and reflected from the sea. At the same time, it has sea breezes to temper the afternoon heat. This combination typically allows an early harvest. From the hand-picking of the grapes on, the winery’s attention to detail is focused on ensuring that the best quality goes into each bottle. Given the success of this vineyard’s Lagone, Aia Vecchia under the supervision of Gal launched a Cabernet-based Super Tuscan in 2001, their top label Sor Ugo. 

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WINERY LOCATION: Castagneto Carducci, province of Livorno, Tuscany
WINE REGIONS: Bolgheri DOC, IGT Toscana
VINEYARD LAND: 112 acres (45 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable
GRAPE VARIETIES: Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Vermentino; small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese and Viognier
WINE STYLES: Dry red, dry rosato, dry white
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 350,000 bottles (260.000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1996
OWNER: The Pellegrini family
WINEMAKERS: Nicola Scottini

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AIA VECCHIA VERMENTINO TOSCANA IGT

Vermentino is the star white grape variety of the Tuscan coast, perfectly capturing the feel of an afternoon in the Maremma hills looking out at the Tyrrhenian Sea. Aia Vecchia blends in a small amount of Viognier to add an intriguing hint of tropicality.

AIA VECCHIA “SOLIDIO” ROSATO TOSCANA IGT

Solidio is a refreshing Sangiovese-based rosato wine from the cool coastal Maremma area of Tuscany. Solidio was the name of the previous owner of the property—a big, crazy character! The name also sounds like an homage to Sole-Dio, “sun god.” Solidio is the newest wine in Aia Vecchia’s portfolio, first produced in 2015.

AIA VECCHIA “LAGONE” TOSCANA IGT

Lagone was created by Tibor Gal, the famous winemaker who started Aia Vecchia after having worked at Ornellaia. It was named after a little creek running between the vineyard and the villa. Lagone is a Super Tuscan–style wine, made from international varieties in an area renowned for such wines. This is the wine that most represents the Aia Vecchia philosophy for its value, with high quality at a reasonable price.

AIA VECCHIA “SOR UGO” BOLGHERI DOC SUPERIORE

Sor Ugo is Aia Vecchia’s flagship wine, a Bordeaux-blend Super Tuscan created by the prominent enologist Tibor Gal. It is named after Ugo, the first Pellegrini family member who started to work with grapes and wines a century ago (“Sor” is an old honorific, short for Signor). As the winery’s most important and awarded wine, Sor Ugo represents the elegance and strength of Bolgheri.

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Castagneto Carducci, province of Livorno, Tuscany

VINEYARD:
Bolgheri and Maremma, Tuscany

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Aia Vecchia “Sor Ugo” Bolgheri DOC Superiore 2016

The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Sor Ugo offers thickly extracted aromas of blackberry preserves and cherry confit with smoke, tar and sweet spice. This is a full-bodied red (with 15% alcohol) that wraps thickly over the palate, showing rich density and concentration along the way. Campfire ash and hickory smoke appear on the close. The blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot aged in barrique for 18 months. Some 30,000 bottles were made.